May 19, 2019: Done!
The house is dried in. There are caveats… extra projects we’d like to have pushed forward, certain details we had to adjust or delay, and even a section of the house left without siding (we ran out of screws!). But the housewrap is super-securely stapled in place, the walls are sealed, lightning protection is getting the final touches put in place, and we’re loading up to go… leaving behind a house ready to weather the storms of a Las Moras rainy season.
It hasn’t been an easy week. I think that, particularly considering the sheer amount of time Don and I have spent away from our families, it has been easily the most stressful week of the build! But God has worked through the hard moments, strengthened us to the task, and allowed us to not only get by… but to form lasting friendships, strengthen old ones, and see Him at work in all things to provide for the needs of His ministry. We are so grateful!
This will be the last build update on this page for some time. There is a lot more to do yet, but we will be on rainy season hiatus for some time. A normal blog post should accompany the next news update on this page.
Project Financial Need
Solar System & Transportation: $15,000-20,000
Remaining Construction Estimate: $12,500-20,000
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)
- Goal: house functional & ready for Husbands to move in
- Phase Three (TBD)
- Goal: complete finishing work
Foundation – COMPLETE!
- Total Cost: $3436.15
Phase One (Materials)
- Adobe Bricks – $2752.72
- Concrete – $1300
- Roof Tin – $1760
- 2x4s – $3500
- Plywood – $1700
- Joists – $1600
- Rafters & Trusses – $2000
Materials lists are not comprehensive; details are added and refined as planning continues. Cost estimates for future phases will be shared as building and planning permit. Labor and transportation of materials are not included in future work estimates.
As our family prepares to join the church planting team working among the Nahuatl people of Mexico, the next 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 will be a huge project, requiring the better part of a year to complete! 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 will set up a solar system and long-term rainwater collection. Additionally, we will bring in or build basic furniture, appliances, cabinetry, and other furnishings.