Pete Hypki and his family have enjoyed the help of two work teams from their home church, Walnut Hill Bible Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Each group came to help Pete and his wife, Liesl, prepare their home in the Nahuatl village where they are ministering. The first team installed plumbing and electricity among other things and the next group helped prepare the house for the coming rainy season.
With the work on their house done the Hypkis are able to put more time into building relationships among the Nahuatl people and learning the culture and language.
Pete has had some difficulty finding Nahuatl men to help him learn the language. Most of the younger men work in the fields all day. The men who are too old to work remain in the village and have become valuable helpers for Pete and Tom. One of Pete’s language teachers is Antonio, who wonders why the missionaries want to learn the language and is always willing to sample the banana bread that Liesl bakes.
Antonio often becomes frustrated because Pete isn’t speaking in full sentences yet. However, he always has time to sit down and converse when Pete comes by.
In the evening the village men who have returned from the fields often play volleyball on the village court. While Pete learns phrases – “you stand there” or “how did you miss that” the games also