When the work day was over we placed a piece of plywood over the front bricks so that there won’t be exposed edges when people where looking at the oven at Trunk or Treat that night. Each day that we work brings us a little closer to the finished project. The skills that have been learned in the past few months are astounding. Things like how to mix cement, how to lay and level block, the importance of reading the level correctly, how to use power tools, and how great my fellow workers are. I have been on mission trips where you travel a distance to help others and I have to say I am getting just as much satisfaction working on our own mission trip right here in Racine. I will never be a masonry worker and I don’t know that I will ever have the occasion to build a cement wall again but the memories and the skills will stay with me forever. I really encourage you to join us for a work day if you haven’t already done so. Our church may not have been affected by a hurricane, fire or other natural disaster but the community oven project can give you the same feeling of helping others and working together in a situation were you are all learning and sharing together.
Halloween night our church hosted Trunk or Treat from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event was well attended and the fire in the oven brought awareness of the project to the people of our community. It was fun to see the flames in the oven. The smell of the fire added to the festive atmosphere of the evening. We had between 90 -100 kids and their families stop by the church parking lot to Trunk or Treat with us. The oven was quite the conversation piece. It was fun to hear people asking about when the bread baking would happen or asking for details about the construction process. The closer we get to completion the more excitement from the community there is. Please keep our project in your prayers. We hope that God will bless the oven and all those who are touched by it.