March 2011

Weekly Camp Update

Last week, while in Villavicencio for our Learning Difficulty conference, we stayed out at the camp. That was a convenient location and we enjoyed their small swimming pool in the heat of the tropical evenings. But staying there had an additional advantage; I could watch the progress on the first cabin in our church camp development program as it progressed. Each night, by the light of a flashlight (there is no electricity back there yet), I would head out back to see the daily progress.

Camp Update

The work on the first cabin at the church camp is progressing slowly but surely. This week they workers poured the slab with locks together the foundation and provides the surface on which the block walls will be laid up. With that major step, they will now begin laying the block walls and we will begin to see something protruding from the ground. This is an exciting step forward and we are hoping to get the first cabin under roof by the time the rainy season hits. Rainy season will stop any work that involves digging as the ditches or holes simply fill with water and the sides cave in.

The First Cabin at the Camp

For the last three weeks we have been working on the first cabin we hope to build on the new property that we helped purchase at the church camp in Villavicencio with your generous help. While we still owe about $1,200 on the lot, the current owner has given up permission to begin working and someone very generously donated $4,000 to put in the foundation for the first cabin. We have been running water and a temporary electrical installation back there. That is now finished and we began site preparation for the foundation.

Camp Progress Report

For the past week I was in Villavicencio working at the school in the mornings and at the camp in the afternoons. I was staying at the camp, since that made overseeing the work there more convenient. I traveled up to Bogotá yesterday to teach my class at the Bible College but hope to travel back down as soon as possible. The foundations for the first cabin are nearing completion and the next step will be to pour the slab that holds all of that together. It is great so see something sticking above ground after weeks of seeing only digging ditches and trenches in the soil.

Networking in Ministry

For the last two weeks I hosted Gordon Clifford, of Christian Mission Press. He was here to bring in literature and to coordinate and work on various editorial projects related to books I have written or translated and that he will be publishing. We had a good time with him and it was a very profitable ministry effort where we are helping each other to do even more in the Lord’s work. He flew out of the country last Thursday and has since arrived back at his home base of Silver City, New Mexico.