Recipe for a Mud Hut

Alright, for those of you who are planning to build a mud hut, here is what you need to do:

1. Build a frame out of small sticks, in the shape of a house, with a roof (tin is the best)
2. Get a bunch of mud.
3. Get some rocks (optional)
4. Fill in the framework with the mud and rocks, closing in ALL the tiny spaces you see
5. After the mud has dried (weeks later), coat the outside with cow manure

Today we built a mud hut for a family that lives near the school (not the same family we gave food to…theirs is being built next week). I’m going to be honest: this was the day I was dreading the most. But was I surprised at how awesome of an experience it turned out to be. It was hot, we were dirty, but the feeling of accomplishment when we finished was incredible. The looks on the family’s face when we were done was absolutely worth all of the hard work.

We had the entire hut done by about 3:00, and we got started around 9:30. We took few breaks, the longest of which was lunch, when they had to mix more mud.

I can’t begin to express how awesome it has been serving the people of Kisumu. I know that God has been working through us. Pastor has even been able to have chats about God while working construction! God is so good.

Tomorrow we head to Masai Mara for our safari. Not sure if there will be internet, so if you don’t hear from me, do not worry. I will do the final blog either Saturday night or Sunday afternoon.

-Miss R.


4 thoughts on “Recipe for a Mud Hut

  1. Amanda November 3, 2011 / 9:29 AM

    8S says, “Hi. We miss you and hope you are having a good time and having fun. We can’t wait for you to get back. We’re sorry that you have to work with cow poop. Your choir misses you a lot! We’re going to sing well for you on Sunday. We love you and so does Jesus:)” Jambo.

  2. Brenda November 3, 2011 / 3:43 PM

    Miss Renzleman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s report card time and you’re still not here!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think our class misses you a lot. Somebody from our class even called Mrs. Werling your name! Well, we all miss you and can’t wait until you get back!!! ( :

    -Bethny (again) from your class 4R!!!!!!!!!

  3. Missy November 4, 2011 / 10:33 AM

    Laura! I am SO excited that you are getting to do all of this! I am so happy for you! (And a bit jealous that I am not doing it!) Love you bunches and we have been praying for your group’s ministry here in Cali!

  4. laurarenzelmann November 5, 2011 / 10:12 AM

    You are all so sweet! And no worries, we’ll be long gone before they get to the cow poop stage of the hut…we just had to use the mud. 🙂

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