Sleeping Beneath the Stars
When the boys asked to use the bathroom we realized an additional need. Their hole-in-the-ground outhouse was at the very back of their property, behind two different chicken wire barricades and a whole host of fallen palm trees. To access the outhouse Luchita clung to the trees and navigated her way across the slanted, all clay route. Knowing that the rain would make this route impassible we asked what they do in the rainy season. She simply smiled and encouraged us to drink more "refresca".
We returned several times to read them the gospel, pray with them and inquire as to how they were managing without a house. To our amazement, they were completely happy and thanked God for their countless blessings. It was funny ~ they kept consoling us. They'd assure us that it would all get done someday and that there was nothing to worry about.
Since their son hasn't been back to complete any of the work he started Luchita and her husband have been sleeping under the techa for several weeks.
If the work isn't completed by the time we return from language school in May we're going to pay someone to build them an enclosed sleeping area.
We're delighted to report that Luchita has been attending the services and activities at church ever since. She appreciates the company and always thanks us for loving her. When she's not looking I quickly wipe away my tears and thank the Lord for allowing me to learn from such a beautiful teacher.