Yesterday Ernest saw one of the neighbours at the construction project climbing up the fence of his house to peek over, to see what was happening. He nearly had a heart attack when he saw the land being cleared. He said that he's 70 years old and all of his life this land was covered in weeds and garbage. He could not believe the transformation. I took pictures along the way of the neighbours peeking out to see what we're doing. It's fun to look back and reminisce about these moments. I wish I had caught this one!
I'm guessing this area hasn't seen so much excitement in a long time. One day an old man came scurrying into the property to speak to Ernest. We thought something was wrong. He wanted to know where Ernest came from. He said "You are the hardest working person on this island." He explained he watches how Ernest works everyday. He's everywhere helping in the different areas. He keeps things moving at a fast pace.
Last week I nearly had a heart attack when I stepped out onto the project from the northern side. It was a rainy week, so I had not visited the land in a few days. The workers kept working and I was amazed at how much of it was cleaned up, leveled off and finally flat enough to walk on safely. I could envision the future development of this section. This week we have a machine that's a hammer drill breaking the extremely large rocks that are in the way of the path for the future roads. In the picture below are rocks that were already broken by the hammer drill and put aside.
Now I see why Ernest loves land development and building. I haven't had this hands on experience before to say "Yay" or "Nay". It is more exciting to be directly involved in it rather than watching from the sidelines. I also get to see the transformation each day when everyone puts their best efforts in.
As for the neighbours, they have shown us gratitude for what we're doing. One of my prayers is that we will be a big blessing to this neighbourhood and the larger community. I may not know how, but God does.