This past June, Liberty UMC sent a team of five people to Puerto Rico for a week to serve alongside our Methodist brothers and sisters on the island of Vieques. With the damage from Hurricane Maria still evident on the Methodist Church in Esperanza, we worked with the foreman, our translator, and a few of the church members, to build and prepare pillars made out of rebar that will eventually support the outer wall and roof of the church. But we first had to dig out a 60' trench, 2' deep and 3' wide.
Needless to say, after digging for an entire day, cutting and bending rebar, all in the Puerto Rican sun, we were a dirty bunch. But it was all worth it to see the cement poured on our last day to support the base of those pillars, and to see the smile on Pastor Alex's face at the progress being made in such a short time. The work finished gave us a sense of accomplishment, but the worship and meals shared with these strong, spirit-filled people were what made the trip a success.