Pen and Ink Possibilities: Lend me your ears! I have a story to tell

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By Kirsten Laskey

At the end of the workday in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, the House of Hope team climbed out of the buses filthy and tired. The evidence of the three-day house building project was reflected on our clothes. I dug spare nails out of my pants pocket or saw dust caked into my hiking boots.

The work was dirty, but it was also productive. Each day the home in Juárez was ushered further into its final form. Pink insulation was placed into the niches in the house’s interior, the door and the window frames were installed. We shot bolts into the concrete to keep the walls in place and wrapped the exterior with chicken wire.

Next, we spread gray stucco on the exterior and drilled drywall into the walls.

As a reward for our efforts, we traveled several times to a nearby ice cream parlor to eat a frozen fruit bar or sip a rice milk shake.  After our frozen treats, we returned to the church. We raced to the bathrooms, praying for a shower that had hot water and then headed for dinner. The church cooks served us mole and stuffed peppers in terracotta bowls. There was Spanish rice and refried beans for side dishes.

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