The representative from Yugo asked me about the age make-up of our team and it was almost as if I could hear her doing the math in her head. “So…with your nine, plus a foreman and plus an intern…eleven…yeah, you should be able to finish the house at the end of four days.”
And so we came down here with our team of nine and hoped that with a lot of hard work, a good foreman, and a good intern, we’d be able to finish what we came to accomplish.
Well, to our amazement and by God’s grace, at the end of our third day of work, we were on the cusp of finishing what was supposed to take us the full four days of work. We just needed to do some touch-up painting, clean the inside of the house, and we would be done.
Everyday after morning devos, chapel, and breakfast we load up in our van and make the 30 minute trek south to our job site. And every single day Andres and Rosa are waiting for us at the job site–waiting not merely to greet us, but to work alongside us. When we unload the equipment from Ricardo’s van, they’re right there with us. When we paint the trim in the blazing sun, they’re right there painting with us. When we are hammering framing, they’re hammering with us. When we’re nailing dry wall, putting mud on the interior of the house, hammering in shingles, sanding the walls, they’ve been there every step of the way. Working with us. Laughing with us. Praying with us. Eating with us. They have become part of our team.
The first instance was as we finished the roof. Noah (our intern), Brady, Elias, Dan, and I had been working hard to get the roof done. And with our day winding down we were finally ready to nail the last piece of roofing down. But we were missing something. Rather, we were missing someone. We hollered down for someone to send Andres up on top of the roof. And as Andres made his way up, Noah put four nails into the last piece of roofing, but he didn’t drive them all the way in. When Andres go to the top, Noah handed him a hammer and all of us watched as he drove the final piece of roofing onto the top of his house.
I knew that too.
But what I didn’t know was that those final two team members wouldn’t come from Littlerock, WA, but from Ensenada, Mexico.