Published: August 30th 2010August 20th 2010 Friday, our last work day,
On our journey to the worksite!
is a bittersweet day: we experienced highs and lows all day long. We sang ‘happy birthday’ to Sue on our bus ride to the worksite; we launched ourselves into getting as many walls plastered and finishing up as much drain tile and landscaping as possible; we enjoyed a Polish “second breakfast” with various delicious pastries; and we cleaned our tools and the surrounding work areas for the last time. We celebrated our incredible accomplishments this week and grilled generous portions of kielbasa to share our BBQ lunch with several Habitat families, and we each received thank-you certificates from Habitat for our efforts, enthusiasm, patience, smiles, laughter and display of construction and survival skills that helped us move the project further along. Building 8 will be dedicated in mid-September and, after more than 2 years, the Habitat families will begin to move into their new apartment homes in early October.
Terri presented Adam Krol, Director of HFH Gliwice, with a certificate representing the $16,000 grant from Thrivent Financial to further future housing efforts, and Dan presented a generous financial gift as well from his church, Salem Lutheran Church, in Parkston, South Dakota. Family members expressed their
thanks and appreciation to us, and hugs, tears, handshakes and pats-on-the-back were shared all around! Thoughts from Our Team
- Bittersweet day: I’m happy, sad, excited, nervous. My life, once again, has been changed!
- I’m going to miss the cream-filled cookies and learning new construction skills on a daily basis, and Dan’s long jokes!
- I’m going to miss climbing the stairs into the storage trailer!
- I’m going to miss young Damian trying to explain to us how to plaster and then trusting us to install it without watching over us!
- Why would a person come on a trip like this? Be on a fun team, “concrete” progress, feeling exhilaration from the families to occupy new homes, creative and versatile workers, practical construction methods, and servanthood is the coolest! Learning a new culture, seeing parts of history, and gaining new friends!
- It’s hard to believe our time is fast coming to an end. It has been a great trip, and it was fun trying to speak Polish!
- This has been an awesome week. No injuries and much progress on the build! I feel like I have made some great new friends; I look forward to seeing some of them again.
- I loved the interaction with the Polish families and the HFH workers. I wish it could have been even more extensive.
- We had a very “flexible” team and I know that made Terri and Chuck’s job easier.
- This has been an awesome yet truly challenging week for me. I only wish that my Polish language skills were even better. We all worked together and had fun doing it. I can’t believe how much was accomplished in 5 days of hard work. Our Habitat families will be living in good, clean homes that they can call their own! May our paths cross again!
- For me being in the native land of my family meant so much. Part of me regrets not learning more of the language from Grandma. This is my 4th Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip, and I hope I have the opportunity to travel back to Poland.
- I’ve had a wonderful time on this trip, and there is only one more day left. I’ve made some great friends and experienced the warm welcome of the Polish people. Both will be sorely missed.
- This week went by way too fast. There is so much more to see of Poland!
- Thank you for including daily devotions. They were all great and appropriate!
- God truly smiled on us this week!
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