And the finished fence. Isn't it a beauty?
Another task the team worked on was to finish some of the cement work around the building. It was grueling work and they didn't start out as experts, but I think they went home with a new skill for their resumes.And then there was the dirty work of cleaning the building before the painting. It's previous inhabitants had been bats, spiders and mice...so it did not smell the best. We also had to wash graffiti off several of the walls.
Another task was to get the water-catchment system set up. They put gutters into place and made a platform for the water tank. Jake had to climb into the tank to clean the loose debris out. We all resisted the urge to roll him down the hill. When the tank was set up, we filled it part way with water from the well and attached it to the gutters with a pipe that will allow water to flow directly into the tank. Now we will have a steady water supply, especially during rainy season.
And then we started painting. It took hours and days. We painted high...we painted low...we painted inside and out.We painted on our knees, standing tall or on ladders.
We painted with brushes and rollers. If there is one thing that got done...it was painting.
But when they were done, the results were exciting. We have fresh office spaces and places to interact with the Ik.
This is the waiting room on the clinic side of the building. A new medicine window was installed and doors were hung.
This is the big room (for translation work) on Terrill's side of the building. He's already started holding his translation classes here. The Ik love having a place of their own to work in.
This is my new clinic space. I was hoping that the bright color would chase away the fears that small children have of the doctor. They usually associate clinics with injections and some start crying right when they enter the room. I can't tell you how thankful I am for this room. For a few years now, I've been operating off of a mobile cart that we carried around to wherever I set up shop. Now I have a whole room. Praise God for the small things!
And this is the finished product. The building is now cheerful and functional. The Ik are proud to have such a nice building in their area and they're hoping that we will invite district officials up here to show the building off. I'm not sure if we'll comply with their wishes, but I must say I'm pretty proud of this building as well. A big 'Thank You' to Don, Keith, Doreen, Jake & Jon. We couldn't have done this without you. I also want to thank all of you who have prayed for this time we had with the team. The days were covered with God's grace and his mighty provision. And thank you to our friends, Dave & Linda Marcy, who contributed funds towards this project and have prayed for the Ik since the mid-80's. We have an office! May God use this building for his glory and for the enrichment of the Ik community.