In our last post, we shared that Bart was heading into the tribe to work on getting wood for our house. The trip didn’t go exactly as we had hoped and planned. The chainsaw mill the guys were using to slab lumber didn’t want to keep working and not very many Amdu men were interested in going out to help cut poles or carry them in. By the end of those two weeks, instead of having a big pile of lumber and poles sitting near our house site ready to use, only about half of the needed amount was cut. And of that amount, less than 1/4 of it has been carried to our house site. The rest of it is still sitting out in the jungle! But even in those “setbacks” we saw the Lord at work. Instead of just focusing on the roadblocks to getting the wood, Bart was able to spend more time with the people in our village. We are there not just to build a house, but to build strong relationships with the Amdu people! But we do need a house, so we continue to pray that the process of getting the necessary wood will be accomplished soon.
Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what the process of getting this wood looked like.
Getting the poles to this point takes a lot of work. After cutting down the tree, the bark has to be beaten and then pulled off. Multiply that by a couple hundred poles…
Bart leaves in the morning for another stretch in the tribe. The latest plan is for the house to be liveable for our family by the end of that time. However, with the wood still not being at our house site, things may go slower than we had hoped. Please pray for us as we trust the Lord with the timing of all that has to happen in order for our family to get moved into the Amdu tribe.
We’re so thankful for the skilled men who have worked on our house so far – giving it a good foundation. We don’t have to worry that in a few years it will look like this house in our village!
Stay tuned for more news and photos!