As you know, we’re hard at work on the third of three chapel/formation centers. Wilacala (“Red Rocks”) was completed last year and we now have catechism twice monthly. The people meet for sharing of the Word of God every week. Last month, the structure for the center in Calacala (“Lot’s of Rocks!”) is now complete and the center is in use. We’ll finish the work there after the rains. The third, Ingas (“Place of the Incas”) is occupying my time and energy these days. We had a disappointing start with a construction chief who simply didn’t work hard. The people started losing faith. So we decided to re-start the work ourselves as an example to the people.
Anyway, the old knee didn’t like wheeling wheelbarrows loaded with dirt. I never had pretty knees, and now — well, you can see for yourself. After a days work, the knee was swollen and really painful. We did some anti-inflammatory injections etc. It helped a little. Flora, who besides being smart and talented is also kind, suggested I get the rest I need, so I’m here in El Alto these last two weeks with limited activity. I went and bought a brace which the salesman assured me was free of neoprene. It wasn’t. Now I have contact dermatitis too!
A hug translates immediately!
On the up side, we had a month’s visit from a friend of Diego’s. Eduardo was a wonderful addition to the team. He worked hard, and is a just a nice guy with a great sense of humor and a big heart. He jumped right in with the work, and his nature was easily perceived by the young people, who just loved him. It was a great thing for Diego to have an old friend here for a while. We hope he’ll come again! If you speak Spanish, think about coming to work with us for a period of time. It’s physically hard, but we can adjust to what your body can manage. If you don’t speak Spanish you can come for a short visit ( a week or ten days?) and we can just show you around.
Finally, when I don’t blog (impossible from Mocomoco), check the sidebar for tweets. there’s enough bandwidth for that! See you in January!