Building a House in Rocky
Veteran's Day weekend Craig went on a mission trip with St. Andrew's to Rocky
Point to build a house. There were sixteen people on the St. Andrew's build
team. They were our build leader, Kevin Oxman, our spiritual leader Paige
Williamson, Will & Linda DeBoer, Scott Fiore, Heidi Fisher, Steve & Judy Herzog,
Doug Klein, Nancy McKinney, Erik McKinney, John & April Richie, Mike Thompson
and Jana Knutson.
The group left on Thursday, November
8th, in a caravan of 4 vehicles. We stayed at either
a campground or condos on the beach.
We laid the concrete foundation for the two room house that
afternoon. Friday the framed walls were erected, the roof installed and the
first coat of stucco applied. Saturday morning the final coat of stucco was
applied and the finishing touches completed. Everyone participated in the
build including the family, neighbors and the local children. We all
gathered at noon on Saturday to dedicate the house and give the keys to the
family. We also gave the family friendship gifts of household items, a hand
made quilt and a framed photo of the work crew.
Each morning breakfast was served at the
campground and each evening we gathered for dinner, a devotion
and shared experiences of the day. On Sunday morning there was a worship
service on the beach with an inspiring message from a local pastor. Two
people were baptized in the Sea of Cortez. Everyone was pleased with what
they had accomplished and enjoyed the fellowship with the fellow builders
and the Mexican people. Everyone was very warm and friendly.
The weather was not
the best. The first night the wind came up and flattened some of our tents.
Nine of our members had rented a 3 bedroom unit and a 4 bedroom unit
in a condo next to the campground. They saved all of us not-so-rugged
campers. We all slept on the floors and hide-a-beds the next two nights.
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