Nancy and I are grateful that work officially started on our “project” this week!
I have particularly enjoyed getting to know Art, from Mountainside Excavators. He works very hard and put in long hours for us. He has given me excellent advice and he can also be funny! At one point he chided me with, “This church was certainly built on the rock, not the sand!” He and his crew demoed the back half of the building Wednesday. Then Thursday through Saturday they dug about 75 dump truck loads of earth, mostly rocks, to create the space that will become our basement. That was not an easy task and at times he wished the building had been built on sand.
With all the rock, progress was a little slower than expected. However, my guess is that since Creation this piece of earth did not change as much in one week as it did this week. It will probably never change this much in such a short period again. This week we:
- demoed the back half of the church building and carted it off the property,
- razed the 400 square foot shed in the back and burned the remains,
- removed at least a dozen trees to make room for the septic system, and
- dug the basement.
We are excited to see this progress and to sense the Lord’s pleasure with what we are doing even if it comes in a poorly interpreted parable from our excavator.