Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Construction Has Started on the School

The school is the next project on the list to be built. Last Monday I got it stacked out and level lines all strung ready to start digging the foundation, as you can see below. This school will have two classrooms, a storage room and an office.

The school is in the shape of an "L" and it is roughly 70' by 36'.
I started the digging last Tuesday by myself and I nearly died. I am so thankful that there have been three other guys that have helped for varying amounts of time.

James and I taking a break. James has put in the most time digging out of all of us.

Just over 250' of trench in total and we finished it this past Monday morning.

Sergio(In the trench) and James what a blessing they have been.

This will give you an idea of what the school will look like when it is finished. The two classrooms will be on the right, the storage room in the corner and the office on the left.

Now the digging is all finished and we are ready to start pouring the concrete footings. We have all the sand and we are just waiting on the gravel. The goal is to have the footings all poured by Christmas and start laying the block foundation after Christmas.

I have been doing a few small projects lately as well. I have spent sometime working on the engine of Peter Wilcox's Honda motorbike. We have had to take the engine out a couple of times and take it apart. It has been a good learning experience for me. I have also made three mirrors.

This one is in the girls bathroom in the orphanage.

This one is for the Tia's(Aunties)

The third one was Rachel and Melissa's idea to make one for Annelisa's birthday which was last month. It was a belated Birthday gift, she just got it today. Rachel did some excellent painting on the frame and put on Annelisa's favourite verse Deut 33:27.

Last Wednesday or Thursday we had a big wind and rain storm come through and it blew down the grass building, the church met in, in the village of Assumane. You can see a building in the background which is partially completed. That will be the new building for the church to meet in. There is now a little more urgency to get it finished.

This past Sunday we met in the partially finished building. It rained on us a little and then the sun scorched us while we were there for three hours. It will be nice once there is a roof on the building but until then we won't let that stop us from meeting to Worship the Lord. As you can see there aren't many people there we think that many people thought we wouldn't be meeting because the old building blew down.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Playground is Finished

Here are the final pictures of the playground. It has been so much fun to build but it is nice to have it finished and be able to move onto other projects. Lord willing the school will be the next project I start.

Who says a Seesaw is for two people??

The Giant Swing, I didn't realize how much harder it would be to get swinging with these long chains, it is a real work out getting going, but it nice once you get up there.

I needed some smaller rocks for making the concrete floor for the play house since we only had big rocks you know what I got to do:)

I think I might try to get a job crushing rocks this is so fun.LOL Maybe if I could actually do it this fast. This is how all gravel is made here in Mozambique, crushed by hand. Now I know why they charge so much for it. I will never take three quarter crushed gravel for granted again.

The Play House. It makes a nice shady place for taking a Siesta in the middle of the day. They wanted it very open, so that someone can always see what is going on in there.

The final thing to finish the playground. The Tire swing has been a big hit, but the kids have been finding that they get feeling sick quickly if they spine for too long.

A walk through the Playground.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Playground Pictures

Here is visual update on the progress of the playground.
The structure on the right will be the world's largest swing set. Maybe not quite the largest, but it's big anyways.

Fire pole and a bit of a climbing wall.

It has been a lot of fun to make and it is being enjoyed each and everyday by all the children here. This coming week I hope to get a small playhouse and a tire swing built which will pretty much finish the playground off.

One evening I was reading in my house and I heard something fall on top of my guitar case and I went to see what it was and this not so small grasshopper was sitting there. He/she is almost five inches from its front leg to its back leg. I just never know who will come to join me for the night. LOL

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Pictures Post

I have just recently sent out a newsletter, so I am not going to post all the same info here. If you haven't received my newsletter and you would like to, please send me an email (andywd40@gmail.com), and I will send it to you.

My first weekend back in Lichinga, my friend Elias was having a baptism in the village of Mitava where he is working, so I went out to join in the celebration. Several widows being baptized and a few other people too.

The crowd of witnesses and a bunch of fishermen.

Elias, one of the widows and Yan.

One of the fisher"men" with his catch.

This past weekend I was invited to a Ski Camp at the lake with a group of the missionary kids. It is kind of ironic that I don't have any pictures of water skiing, but that's not all we did.

Ski Camp 2010

One of the devotional times.

Waiting their turn on the slip and slide.

It was fun, but the sand made it a bit abrasive.

Our addition to the beach from the slip and slide.

Angelina, Aurora & Matilde (our first 3 orphans)

A couple pictures to give you an idea of what it looks like at the end of dry season.

It is amazing that it hasn't rained since early May, yet trees are turning green and new grass is growing.

Thought I would share a few pictures so you can see the progress made on the admin building since I was last here.

All the plastering of the walls is done, and they are mostly painted. It still needs doors, windows and a few other miscellaneous things.

This big kid has been having a lot of fun making a playground for the little kids around here. I have built several things here in Mozambique that I have never built elsewhere. A play ground can now be added to that list.

I still need to make the monkey bars, fire pole and chain bridge between the platforms.

Aurora playing.

On Saturday afternoons the youth from church get together. I joined them today for soccer. It has been a long time since I last played, and I am not nearly as good as the Mozambicans, but it was fun.

We had an extra player on our team so one of us had to be a sub. This is what I did while I was out. He was a tired little fellow.

After soccer I met up with Elias and Claude for supper. Claude is a Swiss missionary working with S.I.M. who has just been here for just over a month. Tonight was the first time the three of us had the chance to get together.