Today is Wednesday in Addis Ababa and the day started at about 4:00AM with loud speaker-enhanced chanting (religion unknown) - an early reminder that we're not in Milwaukee. It is loud only because there are no other sounds and continues until the traffic, the birds and the other noises of the day drowned it out.
We are back at the Day Care today to build a chicken coop. The children at the Day Care need to eat more eggs, which means we need some chickens, which means we need a chicken coop. The project was easier than anticipated as we were told we would be building it with eucalyptus branches. As you can see from the photo below we were able to score some 2x2s and some chicken wire. The only real obstacles involved cutting warped and twisted eucalyptus wood with a pruning saw. If you stand back far enough and squint the coop looks pretty good. I'm sure the chickens will love it.
While some of us worked on the coop others assisted with the work done at the Day Care. In addition they provided lunch and some little gift bags to the staff and some extra clothing to send home for the children.
The day ended at the Retreat Center with dinner and devotions. The second chapter of James reminds us of the importance of combining our faith with our works. We are thankful for being in a situation where our works are offered to an appreciative audience.