One of the general labour jobs here at El Shaddai is cleaning the pig pens aka scooping poo. The 20 pens need to be cleaned out every day. We would put on face masks (they smell really bad, no seriously, it’s bad) and gloves; then scoop away. Sometimes we would need to chase the pigs out into the pasture first. I find it entertaining to watch my squad mates chase pigs. After we scooped all the poo into the drain system we would get the hose and water down the pens and scrub the floor with a brush broom. The first day it took us about four hours. But after getting a system down we were able to get it done in a little over two hours. After the first week some of us went shopping for rubber boots. Best idea ever.
One of the pigs had eight piglets, which are now just under two weeks old, and they are so cute! We were able to hold them and watch them stumble around as they learned to walk. Even though the job was unpleasant, smelly and dirty, we made it fun by chatting about life and telling stories. All in all, I’m thankful for the opportunity we had to serve in this way and I’m reminded that no matter what our job/ministry looks like we’re serving the Lord, even if it’s scooping poo.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Author: Jen Boeve
Photo Credit: Aly Badinger
The authors of this blog are various and sundry, from the long-term staff and volunteers at El Shaddai, to missions trip volunteers, and maybe even a few people in between.