July 4, 2020: We are sleeping in our house at night! Though unfinished, rainy season makes it the best place to sleep for now: providing more sleeping space insulated from the noise of rain on a tin roof, as well as thunderstorms breaking only 200 feet above our heads! Once we have pressurized water, a partial bathroom, and a temporary kitchen, we will transition more permanently into this house God has provided. For now, we are simply grateful to have a quiet place to sleep!
Since finishing Phase One of construction in May 2019, we have accomplished much. Solar power has been installed, much of the drywall and insulation are in place, and weather-proofing jobs have been completed. COVID-19 has dramatically changed our build schedule, but Pete and I have continued working without outside work teams. We built a front porch roof, installed pantry shelves, brought out a ton of material and household goods, and accomplished innumerable minor projects.
Our next goal: finish projects prerequisite to move-in before our coworkers return in September, needing their own space back. Once that has been accomplished, other work will still continue – yet moving in will mark a major turning point in our construction efforts, one we hope allows remaining projects to take a back seat to our primary church planting efforts!
Areas of Financial Need
Outstanding Expenses (from past work): $5,275.28
0-3 teams’ food/transport (finish drywall, build kitchen)
0-2 teams’ food/transport (finish drywall, build kitchen)
Bathrooms (tile 1F, complete 2F): materials, team food/transport
Rainwater submersible pump installation
Underground intra-house wiring (power, internet, phone)
Finish work (paint, trim)
Kids’ bedrooms: cubbies, shelving
School room: desk/storage construction
All of the funding to build this house, like our monthly support, is provided through the generosity of churches and individuals who donate to this ministry. We thank God for blessing us with a team of faithful partners, who have continually been to us a fulfillment of God’s promise in Matthew 6:31-34.
Instructions for those interested in giving toward these needs can be found on our blog’s Give page.
- Foundation (Jan-Feb 2017) – COMPLETE!
- Goal: fill hole in U-shaped foundation; pour a front porch
- Phase One (Mar-May 2019) – COMPLETE!
- Goal: house dried in before rainy season
- Rainy Season – no construction (Jun-Oct 2019)
- Phase Two (Nov 2019 – May 2020) – COMPLETE!
- Original Goal: house functional, ready for move-in
- COVID-19 Adjusted Goal: rainy season sleeping space
- Phase Three (Jun-Aug 2020) – IN PROGRESS
- Goal: move in (unfinished) before coworkers’ return
- Phase Four (starting Sep 2020)
- Goal: house fully functional
- Phase Five (TBD)
- Goal: complete finishing work
As our family integrates with the church planting team working among the Nahuatl people of Mexico, an important step in this process is house construction. We aim to build in a way which balances local cultural norms with familiar-to-us functionality – using Nahuatl materials and building aesthetics where possible, and US building practices which will help simplify our life in this isolated location.
The construction process has been a huge project, even before the coronavirus pandemic started complicating things! Most materials arrive via a treacherous 42 mile mountain road – one requiring five hours’ careful driving when in (rare) good condition. Without reliable local utilities, we have set up a solar system and will use long-term rainwater collection. Additionally, we bring in or build basic furniture, appliances, cabinetry, and other furnishings.