agreed to do our duty on this work project. We helped twist pieces of wire which were about 20 inches long and bent in half. By grasping the one end with a wire cutters and the other with our bare hands we gave it about twenty twists until it was totally twisted. We clipped the ends and then made sure the end where it had been bent was flattened. It was heavy wire and our hands became pretty tired all the way up to our shoulders. We could produce one completed piece in about one minute of solid effort. We did this for about 2 and a half hours. Next we helped attach re-bar pieces together. There were 7 pieces going each way in a grid. We learned a criss-cross method and finally once again twisted about 20 times as we tightened it. This re-bar is being put into one of several holes which will be poured with cement. After our efforts we look forward to seeing the completed project when we return. There are men with wheel barrows, shovels, hoes, sledge hammers and so forth working away. Although our efforts might have felt a little labor intense and slow. we got a very good lesson in the dignity of the way much work is done in Guatemala - one step at a time. We also enjoyed working with some very nice folks from Cornell. All in all, we missed being part of the team and our role in the medical mission aspect of MDP but we do feel it is important to make sure all team members help serve the mission to the best of our potential according to their needs. Oh, and one more thing... Elizabeth is a very hard worker. She does not complain, is smart and so very capable and good! It was a pleasure to work along side of her today!