Construction Progress in 2015
April 1, 2015 Final Report
This year again, about 50 young Amish came down from Pennsylvania by bus to help us, and help they did!
Again this year Leonard Horst & Nevin Zimmerman organized the group and drove them all that way down on Leonard's bus.
Without all their help this project would never have happened. Thanks so much, Leonard and Nevin .
first big project was renovating the north wall of the Pennsylvania Dorm.
The siding was in bad shape, there were 5 huge bee nests, and it needed painting.
It was all finished in two days!
Next, we started to build a new Kitchen and bathrooms below the cafe.
They will be used by retreat groups who wish to cook and serve their own meals.
Eventually the play field will be covered with a large tent and used as a multipurpose room.
That would double the size of a group that could worship on base at one time.
Here the Amish and Mexican contractors work together hand in hand. Who says language has to be a barrier.
We started with heavy steel beams and added steel studs for the walls.
Before we get too far along, we want to stop to show everyone the culmination of last years main project.
The Guest House is fully finished and furnished. Many of you have worked on this project over the years.
This is how great it looks today!
Very nice work all of you that worked on this project.
to this years work. All the time that the Kitchen was under construction,
other work was needed.
All the trees needed trimming. The palms were trimmed of all the extra dead branchs below.
The trees along the road between the bases were trimmed into Mexican Square Trees.
(You can barely see them over the fence in the 1st picture)
Also the old large trees by the lower building needed to be cut way back.
And the ladies were always there for us at break time.
The Second week we all headed off to help churches in the area.
Our first project was to paint a church (sorry no pictures)
And build a room for a woman and her little daughter.
we added a wall to a church in Guadalajara.
That day in mid-afternoon, we were very surprised to encounter a violent thunderstorm which dumped an inch of water on us.
The average rainfall for the month of March in Guadalajara is 1/10 of an inch.
So this much rain is unheard of. And, it rained again the next two days breaking most records.
At the end, Jose and Adrienna had the whole group over for dinner in their beautiful home on the lower side of the base.
Sometimes the Mexican workers work far into the night.