RockPointe Family Adventure Trip - Day 8
The afternoon started with the women and children on our team cleaning up the property – pulling weeds and picking up garbage. Talking it over with a C-Quest staff member, the same questions were asked: “Why do they throw their garbage on the property?” and, “Why aren’t they helping us clean up their property?” It’s clear that the poverty witnessed here, or anywhere in the world, is largely psychological and will take the power of Jesus to change hearts and minds. It will take a grassroots approach in asking the locals what they think they need to do to improve their living conditions. It will take education about hygiene and sanitation to improve public health and decrease disease. Additionally, it will take a message that will give the people empowerment to know they can make changes for the better. Not that our culture is better, but studies show that there are certain living conditions that are healthier than others.
The men from our team removed a tree in the back-end of the property, making space for a future church. Although the terrain was hazardous and the work difficult, they managed to get the tree cut down with no injuries. Like the body of Christ, we all had an important job to do; looking out for each other and identifying hazards, such as broken glass on the ground or rough terrain that could have caused trips and falls. The wood was donated to an appreciative neighbor who, after witnessing our struggles, indicated that he would like to attend Pastor Ricardo’s church service some day. In the end, the removal of the tree saved Pastor Ricardo roughly 3,000 pesos, which is money that they do not have, and it was one step further ahead to build the new church for the Hunucma pueblo.