Friday was an active day at the construction site. With the razing and digging complete, it was time to start building. Nancy and I enjoyed watching the guys pour the footers upon which the new construction will sit.
Also during the day I met with the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and framing contractors that the General Contractor has selected to do the bulk of the work. Due to the combination of remodel and new construction, this project provides challenges for them. Each one listened carefully to what we want to do and began developing creative solutions to the unique problems. The old construction and our desire to preserve the hardwood floor in the sanctuary is particularly challenging. It is a joy to be working with people who are dedicated to their craft and desire to please their clients!
Last week, I also cut down and cleaned up numerous trees. We have lots of fire wood! Being outside has given me opportunities to have periodic interactions with neighbors. Everyone seems pleased that we are transforming the property even though we are creating a lot of noise, dust, and smoke. Nancy and I look forward to residing there and becoming part of the community.
We, particularly Nancy, have continued with our international ministry. Nancy purchased air tickets for her two months long trip to Africa and Asia. She is scheduled to leave in a few weeks. We are not looking forward to being separated for so long, but we are grateful that we can continue in our primary calling, even during this time of transition.