The work has started!
This last week the work started on our future mission house. There is no shortage to do, that’s for sure. I (Brian) am extremely grateful for how far the work team that traveled with me here in July this last year had gotten because the work goes much slower working alone. I have had one pastor that has been helping me out with painting and an extra hand when needed so I have been very grateful for that! The work consisted of putting thin wood plywood on the walls....as sheetrock doesn’t exist here. I was able to get the living room/ dining room covered and part of a bedroom. So there is only one and a half rooms to have the walls covered left! I was also able to have some students help move a large pile of wood out of the house and sort it to know what materials we have left for the project. I also have one student helping me to make up door frames as there are seven that need to be made.....and my first attempt didn’t go so well. It is a blessing to begin to interact with the students, however, my lack of language does make things a bit challenging at times.
The temperature reaches in the 80s most days and with high humidity, I have been very thankful for water....as I sweat it out rapidity. There is no such thing as clean water in the area we are, it contains typhoid, amoebas, and all kinds of nasty things that would make us very sick. We started off buying bottled water in town, but at around $20 a case (24 bottles) it is not a long term solution. We were able to get our gravity feed countertop water filter system up and functional which is a much better option. We can take water and pour in the top and three very fine ceramic filters allow the water to drip down through them and give us safe water. All of the water we use is collected off the roof and at times if it does not rain must be rationed. It has also been an adjustment to not have an endless water supply, but the reality is the majority of the world does not have access to clean water. It is very easy to get caught into the “what if”scenarios however that is not what God has called us to.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:26-34 (ESV)
This time Gunner brought his tools and was ready to work!This is our countertop water filtration system
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