Oct 22, 2014

Wow, today has been just jammed packed with blessings.  First, two of our friends from Magnolia Baptist of Anaheim, California arrived to visit us for a few days. Yea!
This is Heather (right) and Suz.  They are here in advance of their team to check out Roatan, our ministry and check out some possible places for the team to stay.  Oh, and to visit us too.  They brought some items we needed and some truly unexpected gifts.  A couple of which include my favorite Belgium chocolate and a new IPad Air!  Thank you Magnolia Baptist.

The work on the new school building is continuing.  I've been hiring Louis a day at a time to help me do the concrete work.  Last Monday I discovered he can stucco.  So we put the concrete pads on hold for a few days while I have him stucco the inside of the building.  Here is Louis in the middle of stuccoing the bathroom.

 The is the section I had him do as a trial to see if he actually knew how to do it. This is the scratch coat.

 This is Louis with his family.

 Only blessing is the little kids are back!  They have been not been coming to the court much in the last several months but started coming back more often recently.  Hector started up "Little Kid Wednesday" and a bunch of them showed up.  This picture doesn't show it but there are a bunch of teens sitting in the stands watching.

The previous few days have been rather difficult for us.  The devil has really been doing his best to discourage us and even trying to get between Jamie and I.  The first day the attacks came I was driving in the truck and the song by Cast and Crowns "I will Praise you in the Storm" came to mind. And I just started going through all the things I praise God for.  The storm still continued but my joy was still intact.  I love you God.

Oct 21, 2014

Today was a better day.  Jamie and I got things up and running at Mazapan and the new school building and then we headed to the police department.  We gave them the receipt from the bank proving that we paid the $20 fine; and they gave me my driver's license back! Yea!

From the police station we went to a place called Asesoria de Transporte.  It's where you renew your permit to drive the vehicle without a license plate.  Cost us $25.  It last two months and you renew it again, for another two months, for another $25.  And so on until we get the plates.  Did I mention that Honduras is not making license plates and apparently has not for some time.  So $150 a year is not too bad.  We just need to remember to keep going back to renew every two months.

Some more good news.  Louis, the day labor I've been hiring a day at a time actually knows how to stucco. I gave him a trial project today to see if he really knew how to do it.  I've found that workers here will tell you they "can do that" when in reality they are not even sure what that is.

Anyway, I checked on Louis after about and hour and he had done quite a bit and it was done pretty good.
This is just the scratch coat but I am fairly confident he can do the other two coats just as good.

A reconnaissance team from  Magnolia Baptist, Anaheim, CA. is arriving tomorrow to check out our ministry.  Looking forward to having them here for a few days.  Praying for travel mercies for them.

Oct 20, 2014

Okay, here's our day.  It started out sort of as planned.  Jamie taught English at Mazapan, Louis, Carlos and I poured two more pads of concrete in the new school.  At lunch Jamie and I went to Coxen Hole where Jamie dropped off more of her crosses at Mayan Key.  I then dropped Jamie back at school and I drove to Pandy Town to test the water in the new chlorinated system that was working perfect when I left there last week.

I had instructed then, very clearly I thought, not to touch it; to just let it run.  We had installed several automatic shut-offs so that when the storage tanks were full the system would go into stand-by mode and only run when the tanks dropped low enough to automatically turn the system back on.

Well, when I got there the main storage tank was empty.  The water pipes that feed the  homes from the tank where empty.  The breakers were all turned off in the well house. I found brown water in the purified tank and in the Miox unit!

I asked why they had shut down the system.  They said the tank was full.  Well, it appears, that when they shut down the system water flowed back down the line and somehow flowed back into the purified water tank.  In addition, they had opened the valve and let un-chlorinated water from another water system flow into the previously disinfected pipes.

There's lots more to what I saw there including a complete failure of the electric system and some kind of flakes in the purified water line that goes to the chlorine tank.

Ugh!  they knew I was coming to "test the water".  They could have mentioned this stuff before I drove an hour to get there.

I told them to drain everything.  I have to read the Miox book and see if I can somehow flush the unit.  The screen on the unit was just blank.  I'll go back and try to start from scratch and try again.

Now the rest of the day's story.  On the way home I was stopped at a police road block, again.  Once again they told me my papers were bad on the truck.  I decided that I would not pay to get them to just let me go. So at first they talked about just taking my truck.  Then they talked about me following them to the police station and then they'd take my truck.  Then they explained to me why my papers were bad.  I just kept pulling the dumb gringo card and telling them I did not understand.

Ultimately they did their job and just wrote me what turned out to be a ticket for an expired permit to drive without a license plate.  Not going into the license plate story.  After two trips to the police station and two trips to the bank I was able to just pay the L400 ($20) fine.  Tomorrow I take my proof of payment back to the police station (you have to pay the fine at the bank) and hopefully they will give me my driver's license back.  Yep, they kept my license.

The good part is that we found out where to go to get an updated permit to drive the truck while we are waiting for our license plate to be sent from the mainland.  You know, the one we have been waiting for since January.  The one they assure me we'd get before the 3 month permit ran out.

Praising God in the storm.  Praising God I got to keep my truck.  It only cost, so far, $20.  We learned where to go to get a new permit.  The police were actually very polite.