In one week, the house has turned from an almost calm and peaceful home to complete chaos! Indeed it has turned into prank war central. From salting drinks, to putting honey on toilet seats, stealing deodorant, ketchup on bathroom floors and putting oil in body wash, no one is safe! After Tim put sand in Catherine’s sleeping bag we had to come up with a treaty to state what is allowed and what takes it to far – we named it after the Geneva Convention which took place on the 12th of August 1949 which set out how soldiers and civilians should be treated in war. Mini history lesson for you.
In all seriousness we have not just been messing around.
At the project we have been installing new support structures in the walls, and have been filling in gaps in the walls with cement, which all has to be done before we can continue putting up walls and adding the roof. On Saturday we also had the pleasure of hosting the builder Daniel for lunch. It was really nice being able to share food with him and to talk to him outside of his work. He is a really funny and cool guy.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we went to an English school to talk about England and have people who are English talk to them. There were a few different groups, ranging from small five year-olds to adults. It was really productive as most had never talked to native English speakers before, and they were eager to talk! We arranged to meet up with a few people from the English school to play football and have scones, however I mistakenly gave them the wrong number so that is going to wait until next week.
On Friday it was Catherine’s birthday! To celebrate we went to a restaurant to have Milanesas, which is one of Argentina’s famous dishes. Afterwards we went to sing some karaoke which was hilarious, singing Taylor Swift and Abba.
We also had the opportunity to visit a rehabilitation centre for drug abusers including ex-criminals, on Sunday morning. We shared a service with them and their enthusiasm while singing the worship songs was awesome. Afterwards they cooked us a delicious meal and we all came together to play a big football match.
Thank you so much for your prayers last week, so many are being answered! We continue to bond as a team despite it being in the form of a war. Also the English classes are giving us a chance to leave said ‘Christian bubble’, and it is an easy way to talk about Jesus as one of the questions they ask is why we are here!
We would be grateful for continued prayer on planning our rest week, as while we have now come up with a plan we are still yet to start booking places! Also for sleep and energy, and that we are able to fulfill what God wants us to in these last two weeks in Argentina.
Jakob, Tim, Catherine, Rosie, Izzy, Natalie and James