Work day #1 was a great success. The weather was perfect and the ground work started for all of the team's projects.
I believe I speak for the entire team when I say that their hearts were greatly saddened when they received the news of the "home going" of Sis. Bettye Sue Baratti. Our MAPS team worked today knowing that she is in a better place, but also realizing she will be greatly missed by her family and host of friends. The entire crew sends their condolences and deepest sympathies to her family.
The project of our MAPS team this year is to help with construction work on the campgrounds in Ayangue, Ecuador. Pastor Rusty is working hard to get some pictures emailed to us soon. (We take simple things like dsl internet connections for granted.) I know they worked today laying some tile and I think - not certain- that the bunkbed project was started.
Everyone has been in good health and good spirits. I heard from a little birdie that the ping pong games have resumed. It seems everyone wants to de-throne Sandra from her ranking as "the best". :) (You know they have to have some kind of fun on these hard working trips!)
Please, please keep these team members in your prayers. Tomorrow, I hope to have listed all the team members and some specific prayer points.
Again, please continue to remember the Baratti family also.
blessings and prayers!