Two weeks out of December, two years in succession, and Christmas just around the corner. On December 7th Christine and I joined a team of volunteers to fly to Kauai where we served with Habitat for Humanity. Our 16-person group was daily divided on two different work sites, coming together for lunch each day, and of course driving home each afternoon. We met the Habitat leaders each morning in their Hanapepe work yard, did our circle, prayed, and then holding hands, extended out and then up as we recited, "we don't offer a hand out but a hand up."
At one site, designated the blue house, because of the colour applied to the exterior, a team of nine did much interior work, painting and a laying hard wood floor to repair damage from a fire. At the second site where Christine and I worked with five other, the assignment was repainting all interior rooms, 3 bathrooms, four bedrooms, living/dining room and kitchen, plus all doors and frames and sills and baseboards, and wood frame beds, as well as regrouting a kitchen tile floor. Both teams were very satisfied by the conclusion of the work week, that we had completed our assignments. Habitat folks could hardly contain their enthusiasm for our combined work ethic and output.
We struck up good friendships with Habitat personnel, Bob, Drew, Rita, and Howie, and were happy to have them join us for dinner one night.