Published: July 24th 2012July 23rd 2012
Our team was up bright and early
to enjoy a delicious breakfast with eggs or sausage, followed by a team meeting and devotions. Everyone was excited to see the work site in Swietochlowice. It's about a 30-40 minute ride from Gliwice, but there is a lot to see along the way. Lydia passed around our team journal at breakfast -- here are today's team thoughts: "My expections for our building project are..." I wish I had my chainsaw and nail gun from New Zealand. But, on second thought, I know whatever we do will be fun and the greatest to do is to succeed. Sounds like work I might be able to handle. I expect that we will accomplish much and be a true help to advancing this project. My expectation is that I will find a task that I can do/learn. I also expect to have a lot of fun working with these people. My expectations are to learn new skills. I'm very willing to take on any job asked of me and look forward to trying something new. As far as the work we will actually be doing, I don't really know what to expect!
I expect and am excited to, be tired every day; work side-by-side with different team members every day; learn new skills and the "Polish way" of doing things; make a difference. I expect to work -- I hope to be busy and productive all day! I hope to look back at the end of the day with satisfaction that we have made a difference! I expect God to do big things through His people and am excited to see how all the renovations will impact the community. This will be so awesome -- we get an opportunity to partner with many others for a great cause. I expect to learn and enjoy the process of physical work / working as a team in an effort to help others. Hope to learn procedures and "find a groove" that will feel useful. Would like to see a difference at the end of each day -- to see progress and be safe. I want to help in any way possible, and I expect to have fun, learn new Polish words, and make new friends -- even with people who do not share the same language. At the end of the day, here are responses to the question, "How did our first build day meet, exceed or completely diverge from your expectations?" I had no idea what to expect - so it really kind of took on a life of its own! Lunch far exceeded my expectations! The old building is lovely - large windows, high ceilings, wide staircases. I did almost every job available outside of painting the heat registers. I was expecting to be assigned one specific task alongside many (or a few) others. Instead, I became more like the supply line/gopher, which I really enjoyed. It is a vital role to play. The day met my expectations. I expected to have a slow start and to be frustrated by an 'early' end. That is part of my make up -- part of my learning to be less task focused. Getting to know the team was great! I enjoyed working with the team and getting to know people as I worked. We work well together! I expected things to be a little slow getting started, and they were. Once the painting crew got going, we accomplished a lot and will be able to get right into things tomorrow. There was less instruction than I expected -- we really had to take initiative about small details, and I was thankful we had some more experienced team members there to help us as we started our building experience. At first, a feeling of being useless -- walking back and forth like the 7 dwarfs in the mine. Then found a niche and something great to do -- but then the end of the day came. I thought we would be assigned to a certain job for the whole day, but I got to pick and choose what to do. I started with carrying, then mixed cement, then laid bricks. It was fun! It went pretty much as I expected it to be -- I figured we would be assigned to something like painting with less liability issues. I enjoyed painting. It went a little slower than I thought, but I am staying positive and flexible. :) The first day did all three! But the thing that I didn't expect the most was the faith and support that was evident in the group. We supported each other,
Our Building Project!
Former school built in 1905. Great building!
helped each other, and grew in the Lord in a way which was unlike another. Exceeded by getting a lot of masonry done and getting a "Dobzre" (good) from Zygmunt that it is done correct. At first, it was frustrating -- some instructions that weren't clear, some work followed by re-work -- but by the afternoon, I had a great feeling that we would be able to add tremendous value to the building by the week's end. At first, it was hard to get going, but once we did, I learned quite a lot of work I have never done before. It was awkward at first, and I was unsure of everything that I was doing and felt slow, but once I saw the completed wall, I felt confident that we were going to be able to get much work done this week. After Sunday [at Auschwitz] -- If the walls could only cry out! Vas Gut - Confusion Resolved. Totally met my expectations -- uncertainty transformed into learning, and knowledge became productivity. We are an amazing team already, definitely all vital parts of one body! We are like one big family. When we're
observed, I'm sure people think we've known each other for years!
Found a radiator to scrape, too!
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