Saturday, September 25, 2010

If you build it..

This is where we're at right is still astounding to think that this was just the shell of a building 10 short weeks ago.
This top picture is taken from the hallway, looking towards the front of the sanctuary.

This picture is taken from the stage looking towards the hallway and front door.

This is the fellowship hall/large Sunday School room that's off the back of the sanctuary.
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Week 10

It was crazy to think that we were wrapping up an entire summer of work with Nathan.
We culminated with church work day...

One crew stayed very busy packing at the church, and cleaning out the attic! That attic was a chore and half, full of stuff that "we might need someday."

Meanwhile, the rest of the crew was busy with DRYWALL. It was Nathan's goal to have at least the sanctuary finished with drywalling before he left...and by working till nearly 6:30 that night, mission accomplished!

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Big Hurdle

"God is never late, and rarely early."

Such was the case with our building permit! It was most crucial to have this before we needed to have the electrical work inspected so that we could drywall in the electrical work. Lo and behold, we had it...and not a day too soon!

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Week 9

Nathan and Amy had some friends from their church in MN visiting, and between Nathan and Scott, they got a lot of drywall up! I know I took a picture of them working on it, but simply can't find the picture! So instead, the load of drywall before they put it up!

We also had a team from Georgia here for a bit...unfortunately, I planned on getting up to take pictures on their second day of work, only to find out later that they were really only working one day. Sorry that there aren't pictures!
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Week 8

We didn't have a team for this week, so Nathan was on his own to run boiler lines through the whole building...well, with the help of Amy and the boys, too! And since I've yet to post a family picture of them, I though there was no better time! There are simply NO WORDS to describe how amazing this family is!
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Septic test holes

Yet of the end of August, the well and septic placement are still variables.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Week 7-North Dakota!

We were blessed with a team of amazing workers from North Dakota!

Bet you can guess what the focus was this week!

That's right...electrical! The Lord blessed in a miraculous way for our electrical supplies. Nathan had held off ordering what was needed until the funds were available, and he was really concerned with what was going to keep this team busy if we didn't yet have the money for the next stage (we were waiting for the sale of our current building to close). At this point I'll just hijack Amy's blog and copy the story from her!
God continues to work His wonders in providing funds and workers! We thought this last week would be a quiet catch up week with just Nathan working on the church. On Sunday night we received a call at 10:45pm from Mission Match wondering if we could keep a crew of 9 busy for a couple of days. Sure Nathan said, we had prayed for more workers hadn't we? So our team from Tampa arrived Monday at noon and were put to work busting the plumbing trench and building walls. It looked as if material would run out by Tuesday and since the church hasn't closed on the property sale we would also be out of funds. Nathan made the call to Scott Kirby at Mission Match to let him know we were no longer in need of assistance for the rest of the week. We were reminded of the fact that work crews also came with funds to the projects they worked on. With the extra crew this week and the one coming next week from North Dakota, the church would have around $3000 for materials and could we keep the crew the rest of the week, asked Scott. Well, alright then, time to go buy electrical parts to keep the work going. Off to Kenai we went to the supplier in Soldotna. Nathan was blown away by how helpful the sale person was and yes, he knew pastor Mark Milligan and had played softball with other members of the church and oh yeah, I'll give you the contractors pricing plus we could deliver for no charge (80 miles one way). So of course you can gues by now how much the bill worked out to. Drumroll please...... $2977.26. Amazing God!  
It has also been amazing how many times God has provided the expertise we've needed.  Mark and Jennifer are friends of our church made through a connection with the state convention.  They come to Seward every summer to manage a hotel, and we've enjoyed having fellowship with them over the past two summers.  Well, besides being tremendously encouraging and supportive, Mark electrician!  He provided much of the work and know-how behind getting it all done.  Thank you, thank you!

They also put some finishing touches on the shed (which, catching up on this in September, is now chock FULL), and helped get loads of drywall moved into the building.

Thank you, North Dakota team, for your servant's heart and hard work!