Repairing a road in Monarch is truly a community event. Hugo, Bruce, Chris, and Kevin took up machetes and pick axes to loosen the sod on the side of the road with the other men of the village- including Pastor Arias, who we recognized as part of the crew, barefoot and all!
Nancy, Jen, Kayla, and women of the village took the loosened dirt and filled in the gaps. This wasn't mindless work, it was a truly joyful experience. The men sang songs as they worked , tapping out the beats with rocks against their machetes and hoes. The women and children who weren't working were there too, joining in the singing and dancing, helping the crew to keep going in the blazing 100 degree heat by showing their love and support.
In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to start registering the children for the child sponsorship program. Paula, Devon, and Jen interviewed 20 children with the help of our wonderful translators.
After a long day in Monarch, we returned to our guesthouse and the sky opened up, pouring out the rain that was so desperately needed and prayed so hard for. The epic thunderstorm lasted two hours and was a true blessing from God, the first significant rainfall this area has seen in a month. We all shouted with joy "God is good"!
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and love! We miss you!
-Hugo, Paula, Kathy and Jen