JL's Journal

May 07, 2012

Patt and the children dedicating the new 'Dinning Hall' beside the Kitchen on our last trip to India

Dear Ministry Partners,

I am sending you this email to update you on an important project for the "Bethany Children's Home" (BCH).  It is on the India/Bhutan border in a city called Jaigaon.  As you know from my recent emails, Patt and I were there in March for a visit.  At that time we had the joy of dedicating a new "Dinning Hall" for the children.  It adjoins the new "Kitchen" that was built and dedicated last year.  Unfortunately we found that the wooden roof joists were eaten up by termites -- that attack any and all wood in that part of the world.  So we had to make a faith decision on the spot to replace the roof with a poured cement one.  By faith, our ministry sent the $1,700 to start the project.  Now those funds have been fully used in the preparation for the final phase of pouring the cement -- as you can see from these pictures. 

The cost to complete the new cement roof is $2,000. So we are praying for a church, Sunday School Class, Bible Study Group, businessman or entrepreneur to give those funds so we can complete this project ASAP.  All it would take is 20 of our partners to give $100 each to complete the job for God's glory and for the good of the children.  Would you please pray about being one of those 20 people? 

Together we can complete this work before the monsoon season comes this summer.  And you can give by Credit Card on line more quickly so we can deploy the funds more quickly.  Thanks for the privilege of sharing this timely mission opportunity with you.

In His Faithful Love,


PS:  A report will soon follow this one on the regular ministry into Bhutan that takes place from the BCH.  Be watching for that report.

Markus, CFO for the BCH stands beside the new 'Solar Hot Water System' beside the old wood and metal kitchen roof; The Kitchen after the wood & metal roof were removed due to termites; Framing for the new cement roof for the Kitchen; Rebar is put in place for the new cement roof.

Rebar is tied and prepared for the pouring of the cement; Plastic is put in place as a moisture barrier; The new cement roof and overhand for the Kitchen – which will last for decades; All of the cement for the roof will be mixed like this by hand and carried up ladders to pour into the frame.

The traditional way of mixing cement in most underdeveloped countries that do not have concrete plants; In India it is the women who do most of the carrying of the pans of cement on their heads to pour a floor or roof; Then men are the masons who work the cement as it is poured pan-by-pan; While this is somewhat labor intensive, it does provide daily wages for the workers


The strong cement roof is now poured and completed – followed by 21 days of curing!

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