It’s been way too long to send out an update. Work progresses on the school building. Pastor and family are doing well. The hall walls are going up. The next big push is to get a real roof installed. The tarps just are not doing well with the rain and wind. They are also making great progress on the rock breaking, opening up the area around the latrines.
Below is a recent message from Martin, as well as a few photos of the work, stuff going on at the school and the view of the area. It would be great to get out there again!
All the best,
Peace greetings as l send u this update from d field. Let me bgin by say we had a wonderful time 2day with Him as l ministered His Word on what l titled INEVITABLE VICTORY. My focus was bringing d picture to us that what Christ ministry offered us is a status of living victoriously based on our level of knowledge we may have in Him which if we lack brings what Hos 4:6 says & there4 admonish by Peter said in 2Pt 3:18. Based on it is very clear that we can never victims but victors no matter d works of darkness as Hab 3:17-19 says. l closed with 2 keys to establish this truth. 1. Lets never give up on d good that we have set our hearts to achieve. Meaning d story is never complete till we win. then 2. Deliberately focus not what darkness may b doing & look up to Jesus. With these d service came to closed through worship that bcame a confession of this truth over our lives. We still have fixed up our generator which enable us to use our P.A System and into is able to reach d outside of my congregation who do not come. Martin
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Happy Thanksgiving and greetings and blessings be with you all. Over the 3 weeks, I have received over a dozen updates from Martin concerning the progress of the work at the Church/School in Sierra Leone. Progress has been remarkable and dozens of photos were sent over. It was just over a year ago that this place was a small plot of land on the side of a hill. Today it is a thriving church and school, a thriving centerpoint for the community. Below are some hightlights.
Work on the building itself is progressing. Recall due to finances, work on the block walls was stopped once a could tiers were completed, and money was put into a temporary structure that is “in” the boundary of the walls. Plastic tarps were initially used to seal the structure (more like a tent), and some of those have been replaced with metal sheeting owing to the winds. Martin has mentioned the tarps are showing wear and tear and are leaking quite a bit. Since the completion of the temporary structure, however, work has resumed on the walls of the permanent structure. Note they make their own bricks out of concrete.
One of the issues has been getting supplies to the site. A team took the initiative to do some road repairs to help allow vehicles access:
A recent project that is under way is demo of some large rocks near the EWB designed and provided toilets. Note again the liberal use of brawn to accomplish the task…
The next goal is to finish up the walls and start on a permanent roof. As was mentioned, the school is touching and changing lives. From one of Martin’s recent messages:
“A very good evening to u all. Peace & health be yours. Attached are a few photos on work done 2day. No work was done on d hall since we have ran out of cement but one bag. l there tried getting d rock stone broker to come do more breaking of rock stones that still lay inside d hall lay out and that is just what was done. Hopefully this may continue again 2morow till all d rocks broken & removed to give us allowance 4 further brick & wall work as d Lord supplies. We are heavily involved with doing a womens program in d form of convention titled Daughter of Excellence Convention. Based on plans it will take place on d 2nd. Dec. 2012. Our adverts are already on with invitation to friends. Hopeful by seeing what is going as our effort to build d hall some who may come may make donations when we sell our vision & goal is. Also l cannot send much photos on work 4 these 2 days due to vry serious network problems, but hope that d ones sent conveys updates. Blessing.”
This is good soil to invest in. I have sent this to some who have not been on the regular update distribution. If you are interested in supporting this project, http://www.covenantfamilyministriessl.org/?page_id=601 gives you all the details. Thanks to JFC to pick up all admin costs; 100% of all gifts go directly to the folks out there. Thanks to all who have given generously to see this vision carried forward.
All the best,
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On a whole it was a fulfilling day. We got some boards to help continue d ceiling work as l told of d challenges we face from crawling elements. This work may likely start in d next 3 days since d carpenter only cut them yesterday, but got some extra jobs he has to complete in another place b4 he can do mine. School was fine, since got d pupils help transport d boards 4 me. We also had d visiting children’ Evangelist & then lunch time. ln church Jane & I spoke on d fruit of d Spirit as that took us into an hour of a blissful worship.