Milestones. Places along the way that mark something of significance. The Lord is big on these. Real ones. Piles of stones at significant places that would make people ask questions – and remember. Women of Hope has had a significant set of milestones in the past month or so. It was October 2009, 7 years
In the song, “All the Poor and Powerless” by All Sons and Daughters it states that when the poor and powerless, the lost, the hurting, and those who feel unworthy KNOW that He is God – that He is holy – they will sing out “Hallelujah!” Maybe you already know this, but the word “Hallelujah”
Recently Diane and I read a series of on-line devotions on the subject of “Dealing with Change.” They were excellent messages based on the changeless Word of our Lord, designed to help believers facing often unwanted and frequently unavoidable change. I must say, they were certainly spot-on for us at this particular time. A month
In the month since we last posted a lot has happened at the Hope Center and Shalom Retreat Center (newly named guest house construction site) in Makeni, Sierra Leone. All trades are working hard to bring the construction to completion, since the dedication has now been set for July 13, less than 5 weeks from
Even though plastering and ceiling installation has been taking place in all five buildings of the construction program, I have chosen to include only pictures from the Guest House site, for that’s where the greatest amount of progress can be seen. Truly, plastering the outsides of a two-story building requires the greatest amount of skill.
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
As we near the end of March, the hottest month of the year, we are beginning to get weary of the heat. Every afternoon the temperatures rise into the low 100’s. I really don’t know how the construction workers handle being out in the sun all day long. Truly God has gifted them with endurance!
At last we are able to bring an update on construction progress at the Hope Center site, as well as continued progress on the two story Guest House. Walls of all three buildings have been steadily growing throughout the month of February. Beginning with the pile of timbers delivered from forests in northeast Sierra Leone