One evening a few days ago we all “dropped our jaws”. All of a sudden a young man with a big backpack stood in front of us. A guy that looked very familiar… but I did not believe my eyes… until I hugged him. Then I realized it was not a mirage:
Vincent had come to visit us!
He has been travelling in South and Latin America for the last four months. We knew that he would come back to Europe July 4:th. So we had joked with him over mails and facebook that we expected him here the 5:th… But of course we never ever thought he would come all this way! But he did! What joy! What a declaration of love that he had endured all the hardships of hitchhiking all the way from Paris to us in Järbo. He had slept under the open sky and on gas stations and put up with a lot of diffiulties during five days and nights to come here.
He came in time to meet the other volunteers that were around still a few days. On the picture below he is checking their last hours of work on the outside of the chapel:
Vincent stayed with us from July 17 to December 14 last year. He helped with just about everything on this little farm for five whole months, and not the least he worked hundreds of hours together with us and others on the chapel. He has really seen the chapel “grow”.
Here are a few comparisons:
July 2012 Vincent is intertwaining the gap above the coffee-window on the “back side of the chapel.
July 2013, Vincent is polishing some clay away from the coffee jars while the final layer above the same window is drying. You see the still wet clay at the same spot where he looks out on the picture above!
July 2012 Vincent is filling the gaps between the coffee jars.
Here looking at the result so far.
August 2012 Vincent is scruwing to the wall, the fireproof boards that the fire inspector recommended – although clay is very fire proof…
In the same spot, July 2013, we have embedded that board in clay mixture and painted it with flaxseed oil a couple of times.
September 2012 Vincent and Lärkan is creating the roof.
July 2013 Vincent is checking that we finally are coming to the phase of covering the roof with tarmac paper…
We now have had some nice relaxing days together with Vincent and we are thankful for these days. Memories shared, and he has told us some of his amazing experiences from the other side of the globe. Soon he is heading back to France to meet his family and start planning for his future hopefully to “stay put” somewhere around Nantes. He is planning not to travel as much for a while… ^^
Thank You Vincent for WHO YOU ARE to us! I also send many thanks to our Heavenly Father for this wonderful young man and his friendship and cares for us up here in the “wilderness”.