Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November 28

Details staring to be added, the underside of the roofing is going on
in part because not all the needed materials for the top part were ordered together.
Eventually it will get out to the worksite and put into place.

Here are the metal sheets for the top side of the roof, but again, they need to wait.
we do a lot of waiting
and waiting
and waiting

Friday, November 25, 2016

November 24th

Sasha took these pictures
I'm afraid of heights so you'd not see these kinds of views, I'd be on the ground. 
Sasha got some pretty good shots.

The key guy is in the gray jacket, Sasha, my project manager who's stepping down. He's done a phenomenal job to get this project going, jump starting it a couple times in the process. In the center Constantine, our foreman who likes to do things his way, so eventually we get accomplished what's necessary and Nickolay in the white sweatshirt, behind Sasha, leading the building team. Please continue to be in prayer for their safety, as you can see from these pictures below, they are working in high places.

facing down to the front area of the house toward the church building

looking out over our therapy garden plot
The gray graveled path will be poured with concrete this coming spring to form a smooth pathway for the wheelchairs to get around the garden area. The central tulip tree will provide shade and the 13 fruite trees, plenty to eat. 

the cathedral main hall - exterior & interior views

Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 17th

Working to gain insight from the way others help and teach the disabled.
We want to do our best when Stephen's home opens to our young men.

Phyllis and I shared our following morning observing and talking with moms and dads who love their disabled children enough to do something to provide for them rather than giving them up to the government to take care of in orphanages like that in Tsyrupinsk. 
In the process they are providing for other families who also have kids with disabilities so mom and dad can go to work and know that their kids are learning, growing and safe in an environment where they are really cared for.

The daily lesson begins everyday greeting every child 
and then putting up the picture of everyone present along with their name, 
recognizing that each child present is valued.

making sure their muscles don't become atrophied, daily exercises is part of the routine

Fine motor skills are developed here in the classroom at desks,
but if sitting is too difficult, then they can go, free of their own accord, 
to the comfortable room and relax, maybe try again later.
My friend and coworker out at the orphanage, Phyllis, took a trip with me to visit and learn from others who are also working with children and young adults who are disabled here in Ukraine. It was such a beautiful and encouraging trip that filled me with joy as God showed us how he is at work through others fighting for the dignity and hearts of those without a voice, the disabled orphans we work with.

The first stop was in Zhitomir where a family is working in an orphanage just like the one Phyllis and I work in here in Tsurupinsk and by God's planning, they are refurbishing a home they purchased for their family of 7 they will open to 2 young disabled men.

This will be a starting point for them

looking out the upper story window

They have lots for land behind the house to work with and other plots 
nearby that are available for sale.

a currier and ives kind of image

pretty panorama 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

A raining Sunday morning
November 13th

Question 1: There is suppose to be a column standing on this square foundation helping to hold up the roof that is in place, where is it?

This is the roof the column is suppose to be helping to hold up.

This is where the column is suppose to connect at the roof.
Question 2: Why is there plastic insulation encasing this main beam and, secondly
why is there water dripping from this specific point of intersection onto the foundation for the column below?


Fiberglass insulation placed between two layers of "water shedding insulation on top and air flow plastic on the bottom" to give the fiberglass and roofing ventilation.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

So this past week ended with quite the quandary, but brought about a conclusion that will hopefully, provide the best solution for the metal roofing that will begin to be put on the house the end of this coming week. As you can see in these photos, the under portion of the roofing goes on first, the layers of insulation and ventilation. The fiberglass goes on top of this. Tomorrow I'll get some pictures, though the progress seems slow at the moment, it's a large roof that's having to be covered.

Please pray this will all be complete by the end of November.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 1 - snowflakes in the air...

...they might end up on the floor of the house too!
The roof isn't to be completely finished until the end of this month.