Friday, February 27, 2015

The finishing work out at the church is what's been able to happen through
these cold months. The first indoor bathroom at the church is now working. 
I can say this with confidence as the outhouse is no longer standing.



Much of what has been progressing out at the property lately, doesn't include pictures. It's document after document that has to be filed here or there. Sasha's spent much time going back and forth between many of the same offices as forms have to be perfect to be accepted. The good news with all of this documentation that's been submitted is a significant step in progress. 

Stephen's home property is now officially owned by PROMISE
our Ukrainian charitable organization

Friday, February 6, 2015

Sasha, project manager, & Rex, architect, with eMi
Engineering Ministries International(eMi) out of Colorado Springs, CO is partnering with us
to help in creating handicapped accessible floor plans and layouts for the rooms of Naomi's and Stephen's homes. Rex spent 3 days waiting in Istanbul for the fog to clear so he could come to Ukraine.
When Rex finally arrived we were down to less than 48 hours to do a whole lot of planning before he had to hop in his next plane. Gracious and willing to do whatever it took, we spent lots of time talking, planning, dreaming and praying the Lord would bring wisdom so we can do what will be best for 
the young men and women who will be living in these homes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

With the cold winter weather outside, progress has still been able to progress at the church addition inside. The bathroom is just about completely tiled, so the toilet hook up and sink installation are about all that's left. 
I did have to use the out house a couple times on these bitter cold days. 
Squat-potties are the norm. We take a lot for granted having indoor plumbing in 
our homes when so many still don't even think about such niceties.

This is a typical Ukrainian style bathroom, 
in the sense of walls and flooring being covered with tiles from top to bottom.

This is not the toilet that will be installed, it's for placement purposes only. 
We've talked about how the height of the seat will make a difference for those 
needing to transfer from their wheel chairs. Help bars will be installed here in the church facilities too.