The Missions: San Francisco and San José

Unless the mission is oriented by charity, that is, unless it springs from a profound act of divine love, it risks being reduced to mere philanthropic and social activity...Consequently, being missionaries means loving God with all one's heart, even to the point, if necessary, of dying for him. - Pope Benedict XVI

we ran up to sabanita de agua to finish a chapel we began a few weeks ago - brought the portable generator, table saw, and circular saw. the problem with construction here is that the wood is crude. it takes a long time to get anything straight, so we accomplished in one day what would have taken a man with an axe 2-3 weeks. the difficult stuff has been completed and we'll have one of the groups who visits pour the cement floor and finish the walls with half wood-half cement. i'm beginning the 8 week intro to Christianity class with the adults next week!!

as the day began:

as we were getting ready to leave:


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