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
The Guest House first floor is nearly totally blocked and rooms are taking on character of their own. Descriptions of the Guest House pictures appear when you click on them. Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done. The crew will begin constructing the stairs to the upper level so block
The Women of Hope building project was launched this morning. Staff, Construction Supervisor, Contractor, Workers, and other friends met this morning at one of the building sites to launch the building project for Women of Hope. The foundations for the buildings were completed prior to the launching. It was exciting to stand on the site where