Over the weekend we were on the road again, this time to the town of Durazno (which is Spanish for “peach”)! Our team and a couple of the guys we met in Montevideo bussed up to take part in Proyecto America Durazno 2015 from October 30th to November 2nd. We arrived on the 31st, however, due to a bus drivers’ strike that left a lot of people coming in on Saturday instead of Friday.
The project took place in Durazno this year in order to aid people who were affected by major flooding and a tornado in the area. Throughout the weekend there were construction projects going on to build small houses for people and basic furniture like beds and shelves. The Saturday also had many people setting up services for the people including a medical aid trailer, clothing donations, haircuts, and games for the kids. The Sunday some people packed up and moved the show to a different town an hour away to help those affected there. The Monday saw everyone who hadn’t yet gone home head to the neighbourhood of one of the construction sites to do street evangelism and explain a bit about Proyecto America.
It was an exciting weekend for all of us. We got to help build the walls of a house, build some bed frames, and work with kids and adults in need. I even convinced the guy in charge of constructing beds to let me use the skill saw! I never actually thought I would use what I learned in Industrial Arts in real life, but I guess I was mistaken. As well as the work we were doing, we also got to see our friends from the Rivera YWAM base again! It was happy reuniting with them one more time before leaving Uruguay.
It was a rewarding time spent working in Durazno. Despite the frigid nighttime temperatures in the gymnasium we were camped out in with around 200 other people, we had a great time meeting and talking with the other people there – there were even some Americans from Florida who spoke fluent English and Spanish, and some Germans from one of the German colonies here in Uruguay (SHNITZEL!). It was nice to have some tangible evidence of our work – the building and beds we helped make. It was also interesting and different to be doing a different kind of “traditional missionary” work. We’ve mostly been doing relational ministry and evangelism rather than hands-on labour, so it was a bit of a change. We’re also yet to hold any babies in our ministry, except one little girl named Pilar who screamed as soon as she was handed to me and Charis.
If you would like to know more about Proyecto America, please visit proyectoamerica.org. Once again, thank you everyone who is supporting us. We’ll soon be back in Belize and our respective countries to tell you all about everything!