“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” – Matthew 7:24-27
WOW! I am busy now! The building process is moving SO quickly! I have been busy going to the site, making sure everything is going as it should and ordering and delivering materials- sand, ballast (rock), cement, stones, reinforcement bars, and many other building supplies. I usually leave the apartment around 7 in the morning and do not make it back until 7 in the evening 6 days a week. So, Sunday’s are now spent relaxing and playing with the family, catching up on other work, and going to church online.
We began by creating 22 4′ x 4′ column bases, 22 columns, and a ground beam. This structure will act like your dining room table. The columns will have a slab on top that will be like your table top with legs underneath. This will now hold the complete weight of the building above.
We are also placing 9″ x 9″ stones between the columns for even more support.
The walling was finished yesterday and concrete forms were placed on all sides of the column reinforcement bars so that concrete can be poured into these forms on Monday.Tuesday, we will begin back-filling all of the empty space between the foundation walls and columns. Then everything will be compacted and ready to pour a foundation slab on Saturday!!! YAY!!
Meanwhile, we have also been building an outside toilet/latrine call a “choo” (pronounced: cho) and a water tank the we can use for drawing water to make concrete. The water coming from the hosepipe is not fast enough to keep up with how quickly our fundis are making concrete. So we needed a tank to fill with water during the night so that we would have plenty of water for construction the next day.
However, we could really use your prayers right now. The machine we have been using for the last couple of months to make our inter-locking blocks has a problem. The machine has some kind of vibration when the blocks are being removed from the machine. When the machine vibrates this way the newly formed blocks have cracks and cannot be used. We have had 3 different mechanics and engineers come to the site to attempt to fix the problem and they have been unsuccessful. We are now praying that we will be able to get a different machine on Monday so that we can continue to make blocks. Currently, we have about 7,000 blocks ready for building the walls. The problem is we need about 12,000 blocks just to complete the ground floor walls. Even if we got a working machine by Monday and could make the necessary 5,000 remaining blocks, those blocks will still need to cure for 14-21 days before they can be used for construction. So unfortunately, we will be on hold for a short time while we wait for those blocks to be ready. But the longer we wait for the machine to be ready, the longer we will have to wait to continue constructing the building. So, please pray for us to have a good working machine as soon as possible so that we can keep going.