December 1, 2015 (Week 78)

This is from the service project. We were taking a water break from scraping at that wall.

This is from the service project. We were taking a water break from scraping at that wall.

We did a different service project this week; just as dirty, but not as gross.  We had to help a family in our ward repaint their house and change the roof over the space that is always in the front of the houses, where they park their cars.  It was a lot more work than I thought it was going to be, particularly because it felt like it was at least 30 degrees outside with the blazing sun, second because we had to stand on a board supported by the metal framing for the roof as home made scaffolding, and third because of all of the cleaning we had to do before hand to get it all ready.  The work was well needed.  The corrugated fiber-glass roof that they had was very dirty from years of rain falling in the contaminated air of Santiago, and the drainage canals along the side were almost completely full of dirt and debris, built up from dust getting kicked up during the hot, dry summers.  The front of the house, which we were re-painting, was peeling and looked very ugly, and we had to scrub it with a steel brush and a metal spatula to get all of the flakes off.  The service took all day, and we couldn’t put the roof on because we had to let the paint dry, but we got a good part of the painting done, and it looked good afterwards.

There is little more to say about this week.  Don’t forget to share the new initiative video from the church with your friends.  It is an important missionary opportunity, and just by sharing it we might be able to help just one person remember why we have Christmas in the first place.

Love you all.

Elder Mathewson

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