- Travel mercies
- Construction site safety
- Rest and restoration
The time flies....
Since our last blog we have flown a considerable distance. Brenda and I are in the UK for a family wedding and for a much needed vacation. We return to Grand Goave on September 1st.
Having said goodbye to the FBC Albany team we had a little time for ourselves and were right back into the thick of it with Gene Gentry's ABC team from Washington State. They came a very long way and we were blessed in so many ways by him and his team.
As the team arrived so did the threat of Tropical Storm Emily. The Tropical Strom was the last thing that Haiti needed. Our prayers were answered as the Tropical storm first stalled out at sea and then dissipated into just a weather front.
However, due to the suspected inclement weather we were joined by the Haiti Housing Network (HHN) team, so they could be close to their compound, if they needed to make a run for cover, if the storm came through.
With, therefore, a team of about 18 people Gene and Jeanson set about the building of a further 30 school benches. These were done in double quick time. On Friday we had the HHN team help our construction team dig foundations for the school administration building, working along side our Haitian team. Gene and Jeanson started to work on the school tables.
The tables needed to be thought through and carefully built. Having built the first one the team needed Pastor Pascal's approval. After a "test seating" and a request to have table leg supports added, it was approved. The team then worked very hard to complete 29 more and to have them all varnished too.
During the week that Gene's team were with us we were able to train some Haitian brothers to use the paint sprayer to paint fourteen new blackboards. The framing of these blackboards will be done in September.
We really did enjoy Gene's team, they were extremely generous with the materials and supplies and worked well with the Haitians that came to work along side them in the school woodwork projects. They must have enjoyed themselves as I downloaded over 1,000 photos, from them, on their last day!
We are now in the UK and are really enjoying family time and a change in the pace. We look forward to coming home to Grand Goave and seeing the changes in the construction site; maybe the admin building will be ready for a roof!
The SHG facilitators are working hard in the creation of self help groups and we think the first actual group has been formed in the Grand Goave area, praise the Lord. Please pray that they will seek God's guidance and his understanding for what He wants with their group.
Floresta came to the Mt. Sinai area for a preliminary meeting, with the community, to see if it is a community that could benefit from their expertise. The meeting was held up the mountain, and, by the end of the meeting there were in excess of 50 community members in the church listening and contributing to the discussions. Floresta is coming back to the community at the end of August for further exploratory meeting with the community. Praise the Lord for His guidance in this.
|We think they may be digging to China! The Admin foundations get deeper and deeper!|
|Teams mingle as they work|
|Haitians learn a new trade|
|Tables and benches - almost all ready for the school year|
|Gene Gentry's team - what a blessing they are|
|The teams of HHN, CBF and the local volunteers pose for their photo!|