It was an exciting day for us as we finished with painting the classrooms and ready to move to the exterior walls and try out our new color, “Gamuza”. I always thought the names for paint colors were cryptic, but first “Arena” and now “Gamuza”. I would describe Gamuza as a medium to dark tan color; whereas, Arena is closer to a light tan with a more yellowish appearance. Regardless, it is now our job to paint the exterior walls and posts Gamuza. The posts holding up the second story of the school classrooms are all painted in two different colors. The upper layer is white and the bottom layer is, well, for lack of a better word, “Gamuza”. We begin by taping around all the posts and walls where the current paint line changes color. Then we roll out the new paint and attack the walls feverishly with our rollers and paint brushes. By lunch time we are close to finishing the first floor exterior painting except for the trim.
Pastor Pedro and his wife, Marti bring us an elegant looking dish for lunch. It is like a Swiss steak with a vegetable “white sauce” served with mash potatoes and rolls. As usual we are famished by lunch and make a gallant effort to do justice to the cook by leaving no leftovers. Alas, as on most other days, we make a valiant effort but reluctantly fall short and leave the cook some leftovers.
After lunch, we have our devotion from Hebrews 11:1-6. According to the Amplified version of the Bible, Faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things we hope for (and the proof of things we don’t yet see). The Greek word translated evidence or assurance also means “title deed”. A title deed shows that we own something (e.g. a house or a car). The title deed represents our legal claim to the asset. In this case faith represents our proof of ownership or claim on the reality of our hopes, even when we can’t yet see how they will come to pass. Often, when we seek to do something in faith, we are tempted to become discouraged when things don’t go as we hope. When we started this work team, we were hoping for more people, yet the enthusiasm of those who committed to this project buoyed our hopes and when we arrived in Paraguay we found Gabe and Hadassah ready to help us. The Lord brought just the right team together and we’ve experienced a lot of blessings this week because of it. We can’t let discouragement overcome us, we need to accept the “title-deed” to be as valuable and as real as the physical asset it represents, and step out in faith trusting God to realize our hopes in Him.
After lunch we completed painting the exterior wall and railings of the second floor Gamuza and completed the trimming as well. This leaves us tomorrow to paint the portion above the tape line a different color and add any second coats needed.
After finishing painting, Marcello took us to Mercado Cuatro (4) a giant “flea market” type of shopping center in Asuncion. Sarah was able to purchase a maté thermo and a bombilla “straw” so that she can make tereré (the cold version of maté, preferred in Paraguay) at home. Brian and Rod settled for a an old favorite, a blended strawberry-peach fruit juice from the juicing stand at the market. For supper we got take-out from Miguella’s, which was closed when we tried to stop there earlier in the week. We took Gabe’s advice and ordered the Lomita Arabic, a large wrap loaded with beef, chicken, bacon, a fried egg, tomato, lettuce, and maybe a few other things we didn’t notice. The boys took theirs to share at the young men’s group meeting. Our time in Paraguay is swiftly drawing to a close: there is only one more day of painting remaining, then comes Sunday services and a farewell luncheon, and by Monday we need to pack for our afternoon flight. In retrospect, the time all seems to have went by so quickly.