September 2011

Infrastructure at the Camp

One of the big expenses of this first cabin is developing the infrastructure that will serve for all of the rest of the project. As the first cabin nears completion, the infrastructure is moving along as well. We could not afford the sewage system at this time so we put in a septic tank for now. This will work for the first cabin or maybe too, but it will buy us time to be able to raise the funds for further developing the infrastructure. We have also temporarily brought water in from the shallow well on the current camp property.

Cabin Completion and Counseling Office

This week I have been in Villavicencio as the workers tie up the loose ends on the first cabin. They have been installing the banister around the back porch and fixing leaks and other minor problems that have cropped up. The electrical engineer decided to go ahead and have the electricity installed, for my convenience, even though we have not been able raise the funds to pay of the last of the money we owe him. Together with Gordon Clifford, of Christian Mission Press, I have been staying at the cabin and using it as a base to head into town and work at the school.

Evangelism and a Hotel Room Invasion

Over the years we have always attempted to spread the Gospel here in Colombia as much as possible. As church members have moved to new areas we often attempt to visit them and assess the possibility of using them to start a new church in that area. When one of our church family members moved to Leticia, we made plans to visit them and check out the possibilities. Together with a small group of church leaders I traveled to Leticia at the end of August for this purpose.

Camp Cabin Progress

I have just returned from Villavicencio where I spent two weeks overseeing the construction of the first cabin. I am here to pick up the next work crew that will be working to completely paint the cabin, inside and out. They will arrive here in Bogotá tonight and we will spend the weekend with the deaf church. Then on Sunday afternoon we will head down to Villavicencio to begin working on the cabin.

Camp Cat

Pets have always been around since I can remember. My dad always had a hunting dog and my mother had parakeets and a cat (good combination, right?). We had a dachshund for a watch dog and to kill rats when our kids were growing up in Colombia. We had a menagerie of monkeys, parrots, and armadillos while living in Colombia. When in high school Susy dragged home a stray kitten that had been dumped, while she “found someone to take him.” As you can imagine, he lived a long happy life as a welfare cat in our home. So the Meade household has always been a pet place.