Our first full work day complete!
The day started with some worship and prayer time in the sanctuary at Jaw church home. The kids were still a bit shy, but not for long. As soon as we were done worshiping the whole property began buzzing with activity. As you can imagine, building a fence made to last is a process, especially with no machinery. We finished digging all of the holes we needed for fence posts. Then we placed large rocks around every hole in order to stabilize the post. After that it was time to mix cement.
Here in rural Cambodia concrete happens a little bit differently. You make a giant pile consisting of one wheelbarrow of small rocks, two wheelbarrows of sand, and one bag of concrete mix. You use a team of four shovelers to move the entire pile over a few feet. Then you move it all back. This mixes the concrete. Then you shovel it into small buckets and walk them to every hole in order to be poured in along with water. Altogether we did 48 holes, not bad for a day's work!
We spent the last half hour relaxing and playing with the kids, who have become fast friends with us. One highlight was how we spent our lunch letting the children write and draw in our journals. It let us express ourselves to each other in a way we couldn't with words, and given us something we can take home and look back on.
We're all tired out now, but it's the best kind of tired. We wouldnt want it any other way.