A time to build up and a time to tear down

This time had a mix of both.

18 years ago, 
Emmanuel missioners built a ball field,
a ceremonial arbor
and an announcers stand at the arbor.
Yesterday and today
were times of its deconstruction
and it seemed right that it was a group of us
involved in that process.

It lead to deep conversation among the wrecking crew
about other structures in our lives;
how we can be emotionally attached to them, 
know and love their history 
but finally have to admit that they're no longer serving the purpose
for which they were created.
There comes a time when patching the rotting parts 
and covering them up with paint is no longer good enough.
It's got to go.

And it did, but not without a fight.
I'm told there are images, as well as a video,
of the final moments when the whole team pulled on ropes to pull it down.

Look what's here; not the images but the video -
 It has been reduced to scraps, 
and some of the wood will be salvaged for other projects.
Some will be burned.

We enjoyed the pow wow arbor all the more last night during circle at sunset.
We also completed all the work on the new arbor that we were asked to do.
We're leaving roofing for the next mission crew which arrives on Tuesday.
The Kiddie Korral has been completely weeded and re-mulched.
and equipment tested!
 A sign was installed.
Tables washed and ready to go
Baseboards are stained.

 Last, but by no means least,
two outdoor dish washing stations,
using solar heated water,
were designed and built by the male members of the team!
Awesome work!

(At convocation, no disposal paper or plastic items will be used
and these stations will give folks a way to clean their dishes, utensils etc
without having to traipse through the main building.)
Some of us supervised very hard from the lanai
while guarding the water supply.

We're bringing back the same number as we started with,
so I'm counting this trip as a win!
 and me.
If we don't get swept up in the storm front that's moving through tonight,
we'll be home tomorrow.
Pray for traveling mercies!


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