Since 2013, Our Saviour's has had a group go down to Guatemala around Christmas time, to build a house. Our Saviour’s joins with the Casas por Cristo organization (casasporcristo.org) to build these homes for families in need. It is a simple home with three rooms, a cement floor, windows, and electricity. Families are selected by a committee of pastors from the community, basing the decision on need.
Day one involves leveling the dirt and pouring the cement floor. Every member of the team along with members of the family, shovel and level.Each batch of cement includes eight buckets of hand-shoveled materials including rock, sand, cement powder, and a bucket of water. The first walls are framed from 2X4s.
By the second day the walls go up, wood siding is placed, and a cement porch is poured. Day three includes finishing the walls and getting a start on the rafters for the roof. Day four includes finishing the roof with tin, completing the wood siding, adding the windows, and wiring for electricity.
It's truly amazing and rewarding to see what a group of 15-17 people are able to accomplish in one week. Consider being a part of the next team. You will be the one who is blessed!