Monday morning and a quick check of the Montreal, Yarmouth, Calgary, Kelowna, Springdale and Kabul weather reports gives more reasons to be happy I am here!!
Every morning I am awakened by the &(%$#@ roosters and the sun streaming in through the screened veranda. What a way to start the day.
|Sunrise on the palm tree.|
From here I have 75 meters walk to the HATS Hilton breakfast nook. Germaine will make anything I want for breakfast but it is hard to beat the fruit salad bowl; Fresh mango, oranges, melon, apple and bananas. Life is good.
Then my student arrives at 7:00AM and I tutor him in his French homework, geography and history. Today he got a lot of laughs as I tried to pronounce le mécanicien and les abeilles and a couple of others. It’s OK Ti-Luc, I am just filling in until the real teacher; Joan arrives on the next trip.
Yesterday at church we met in the primary classes but things are changing. In November I reported that the Brentview Baptist Church in Calgary, Canada has committed $15,000 CDN to build a church on property owned by HATS behind the school. The funds will be matched by monies raised by HATS. The church at a later date will include an apartment for a mission pastor. The 3 classrooms of the school that are now being used are too small. The new church facility will also be used for school morning devotions and parent /teacher interviews etc.
|Site of new church circa November.|
Under the watchful eyes of Luckner, the project manager and Karen, the boss lady, construction has started.
|The 2 Luckners|
The footings are in place; the foundation laid and is now being filled in. The re-bar will go up 2 stories and a pastor apartment will be added at a later date.
|Footings and re-bar|
|Karen standing with some of the other church pillars!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Cement mixing is done by hand|
|Cement footing poured and now this will be filled in with rock to provide the foundation|
|Loading the rocks|
|Unloading the rocks|