Nov 5, 2014

God is continuing to provide for us and keep us safe.  Thank God for always being in control.  We've had a tough couple of months but we're still here and we're still service by His grace.

Jamie is spending a lot more time teaching since our other teacher moved on to new adventures.   She is enjoying it and the kids have quickly gotten use to her spanglish.  Our friend, Juan, comes to help her most days.  Chris and Heidi Johnson have been faithfully coming to help on Thursdays and Fridays.  Chris is also teaching a night class for older teens and adults.  We are really going to miss them when they head back to the States at the end of the month.  I hope to post a picture of them soon.

I've been hiring a day laborer named Louis to help me work on the new school building.  Here is a picture of him and his family:

Louis was one of four men we hired to help dig the foundation of the school.  He is the only one who came back after the building was built to ask for more work.  At first I hired him to just move more dirt.  Now he mixes the concrete for me and when we are not pouring concrete he has been putting the stucco on the inside walls.  He is almost done with the scratch coat.

Our Sports Court Mentor, Hector, helps by wheel barreling in the concrete.  We also have a few teens that come and help.

We have one third of the floor completed in the great room!
Northeast corner


Southeast corner

The whole east wall done!  10' x 35'

We have had a few set backs.  We've had some heavy rain and it caused a few slope slides.  So we had to spend a few days digging dirt from against the building and creating new drainage.  

North side of building

East Side of building

South side

Here's the huge tree that slid off the slope and crushed part of our new roof.

We'll have to replace one roof panel.  We just keep plugging along.  We are keeping our eye on the goal of moving into the new school by January.

Oct 29, 2014

We poured the first of the 10' x 11' pads in the great room.  It will take nine of these to complete the great room.

I've got a lot of digging to do on the east side of the building.  Eventually we'll need to put a block wall here.  In fact we'll need walls on three sides to hold back the hill. :(

I need to get this all dug out so that we have room to seal the block before we stucco.  At least I think we seal it before.  Maybe it's after?  Guess I need to research that.