Well it happened again.
I came out with a medevac yesterday only to find out that there's a mini-fuel shortage in Lethem again! Had to overnight to wait for more trucks to arrive from Georgetown. I've gotta do something about this, because this is getting crazy!
I'm excited to announce that the interior of the Shea Church is done! Praise God. In about two weeks, the roof was put on, the interior walls completely plastered, and the floor and rostrum poured. The professionals that we hired from Aishalton to help with the project, did it for a discount since, the one guy is related to our bible worker.
Most of our members pitched in, working long hours hauling sand and mixing cement. Some of them worked 12am to 3am so that the contractors would have the sand they needed. Now that's commitment! The contractors themselves worked till midnight one night with a small generator and a couple bare light bulbs so that they could do the entire floor in one pour. The next day the one guy showed up at the health clinic to get his fingers wrapped. The lime in the cement had made his fingers pretty raw.
One day we hired the tractor to come from a neighboring village to get some loads of sand. I was going to hire some guys in the village to come and help load the trailer, but there wasn't a sober guy in the village. (Sigh) That's one of the terrible scourges of our village. It's become so bad that Shea has built up a reputation for being an alcoholic village. We need a twelve step program in the worst way, especially for the men. I'm dead serious when I say, that I don't know if a single day or night goes by that there isn't a party going on somewhere in the village.
Since we couldn't hire any guys we had 4 guys pitching sand from 11am to 4:30pm. It was brutally hot, but we were able to get the job done, by the grace of God.
There's still quite a bit of finishing work to do. We've got an Out-house to build, the outside walls to plaster, paint, inside & outside, pews to build, chairs for the rostrum, a pulpit, windows to install, etc.
We're hoping to have a church dedication by the early part of this next year.
James & Joy Ash
121 Durban Backlands
874 South McDonald SW
McDonald, TN 37353
1 (423) 473-1841 or 1 (423) 473-1842