A lot can happen in a week’s time when many laborers are involved. This week involved the skills of plasterers, plumbers, electricians and carpenters. I believe there were upwards of 20 skilled laborers, plus the many workers needed to support those trades on the two construction sites making a lot happen as you will notice in the attached pictures. In addition, thirty-two completed door frames were delivered to the two sites this week.
We still do not have a roof on the two-story guest house, but we are a lot closer by this weekend. The necessary gables on each end of the house and the support structures for the roof portions that will cover the verandas attached to each of the four bedrooms on the upper level are now in place. That means the carpenters can begin constructing the roof trusses on Monday. Yeah!!
Although it was not scheduled until April on our time-line, two of the buildings at the Hope Center have the majority of their walls plastered both inside and outside. So praise the Lord with us that we are actually ahead of schedule. When I said to Mohamed, our contractor, late Friday afternoon, “So Mohamed, with so much of the plastering already finished here at the Hope Center, I guess you could say we are really ahead of schedule, right?” he just smiled with his customary great big smile. He knew I was very pleased with the progress, too.
When I arrived that morning for my visit to the guest house site, the plasters who had worked all week at the Hope Center Site were just beginning to set up to begin plastering the exterior of the staff house. Also the chief carpenter was setting up to install door frames in the downstairs of the Guest House. When I returned around 3:30 that afternoon, more than half of staff house had been plastered and seven door frames had been installed at the guest house. From now to the end of the project, a great deal of the work will be done by skilled tradesmen. We are moving toward the finish! And the excitement continues to build. God is GOOD!
Paul Dumbuya, our resident carpenter, and his young apprentice assembling one of 47 doors needed for the project. Note the thickness planer in the background — a huge God-send for finishing rough-cut timbers!!
Finished lintels, support structures for the roof over the second story balconies of the Guest House. Not a bad view from those upper bedrooms, right?
Exterior of Staff House with plastering nearly completed. Cement coating around windows to be applied next week.