Spider that bit me on the first day of work.....he is dead now...
Was not poisonous...
thought it was a fire ant on my back.
Off to work on the building
Digging the foundation
Adding the foundation and the first skirting
Putting the saddles on what will be the foundation skirting
bending the saddles...we will need about 1200 of them
Filling the foundation to ground level and then we will put the forms to fill the rest of the foundation.
Building the forms for the foundation.
Our two cement mixers.
Back up cement mixer....this one is old.
The foundation is filled with concrete.
We did the foundation in three stages. Wood and plywood is expensive!
Carrying the concrete to fill the forms.
Our lawn mower...home built.
This fellow has allot of sunscreen on.
End of the day....
Stanley...trying to be cool.
All the foundation is now filled
The columns start going up.
Shot from front of building.
Bilding the forms for the second skirting that will go on top of the columns.
We are using our pavilion to work under.
Our saddle iron bender
All of the first set of columns have now been filled.
Putting the forms and heads for the second skirting... and getting ready to start pouring.
Second skirting starts to be put up.
Wood to prop the skirting forms up so that they will not sag under the concretes weight.
Antonio setting up the props. Marcelo watching.
Pastor Raimundo piecing the forms together and aligning them before we pour.
Left side is mounted.
Pouring the forms on Friday night sept 30th, 2011 at 19.00 hours.
Cement mixers hard at work.
Two of the ladies fixing us soup made from the hooves of the cow...very high energy food!
This is the back side of the pavilion which will become the churches kitchen...already is...
Kitchen after work on Friday night..
The girls wore out fast and quit.
André and Mario mixing cement.
Pastor Raimundo pouring the concrete.
Marcos filling the water barrel for the cement mixers.
Edimilson filling the concrete buckets and handing them up the scaffolding to pastor Raimundo.
Part of the job is done and we are eating the soup at 22.30 hours.
Marcos, Felipe, Tatiane and baby Hadasa
Clenilson, Edimilson and Mario. You can see the cows hoof on Marios plate (right).
Pastor Raimundo and Stanley.
André, Devalcir and Pastor Aldenir.
Aldenir, me and Andre.
Breakfast with some of the men from the church that came to help one morning.
Some fellows in a VW bug...trying to cut corners...got themselves in some trouble.
Only took them about 3 or 4 minutes to carry and push it out of the fast lane...
The second skirting begins to go up.
The front of the building has a second floor for a small balcony...more or less 15ft x 30 ft.
Our missionary at work.
6000 mud brick in the background...we will need 7500 to put all of the walls up.
Amazing what this man can do with a hand saw and a skil saw.
We will be filling all of the skirting next week, Lord permitting!
Foto from the back of the building towards the front.
I do this for photo taking only...and the fellows made me do it.
The first pillar on the second phase of the building was put up and filled today.
Cutting saddle iron.
Unbending each piece to make the saddle irons.
Its a bird...its a plane...
Work day at the church...filling 180 feet of skirting with concrete
Worked from 9am untill 5pm
TOP LEFT of photo you can see the first pillar of the second set of pillars that will go up. There will be one more skirting on top of those pillars and then comes the roof.
Pr. Raimundo Lima filling the panels about 10 ft off the ground.
Sandro, hard at work.
José hard at work.
André, Mário, Jacó, Sandro, Edimilson, Me, José, Devalcir and Raimundo Lima.
Edimilson cooling off. Temperatures were above 100 that day.
Putting the last columns up on the second level.
Marcos lifting the top ring frames.
Amost twenty feet up.
Top layer starts to go up.
I have used this little truck for just about everything...it has worked hard!
Working at night to finish tying up the iron for the top structure.
We are trying to get everything ready to pour on the 24th of October.
These men are great...always laughing and kidding around. Never a grumble from any of them.
Filling the last level, top ring. Started at 6am.
18 ft up.
Moving the scafold.
Thank you for your prayers in behalf of the building...
The men were great...all day long.
We are now done with the first phase of the building project...now we put the trusses up and put the roof on.
One cement mixer went down.
Most of the men from the church.
Did not take them long to line up after the foto.
Edimilson, showing off his second plate.
Bracing for the roof structure
96 pieces @ 7 cuts = 672 cuts = approx 10 jacksaw blades
Taught Marcos how to weld.
9 structures in all.
Tool Truck blessing.
Best set of tools you ever saw.
Back side of the building
Building from the front
Back side from another angle
Me...totally wore out and trying not to fall down.
Fill dirt for the auditorium.
Front of the building.
João José...hired him off the street...he is one sandwich shy of a picnic, but he is one of the best workers I have ever seen.
Fill dirt for auditorium.
Balcony will be concrete floor. 15ft X 30ft.
Props for the plywood sheeting that will hold the concrete when we pour the floor.
Always one more load of somthing.
Filipe packing the dirt in the auditorium.
Antonio and Raimundo tying up the steel for the floor.
Underneath the balcony
Second level going up.
Almost done with the fill...
Filling the balcony floor
Cement mixers outside
Fellows distributing the concrete...second level.
Cement mixers inside.
Old and cranky cement mixer
Old and dirty cement mixer.
Pr. Raimundo did a good job spreading and leveling.
We about killed Sandro...he is not used to working like this...he hung on until the end though.
Now that is a motley crew! Lord bless them all!
Now we are going to try to put a thin coating of concrete on the floor so that we can hold our first service next Sunday night.
Sheets of galvanized roofing to make the column frames for the front of the building.
Rolling the sheets into the size of the columns.
Putting in the floor for the auditorium.
Pastor Raimundo smoothing out the concrete.
We finishe the auditorium floor...need to finish the pulpit stage and baptistry etc.
Rainy season is hard on the parking lot.
Smoothing out the brick walls with a thin coat of concrete.
Sift the sand for smoothing the walls.
Building footers for a retaining wall at the back of the property.
All we need now is the tile to put on the front of the building.
From the entrance looking towards the front
From the pulpit looking towards the front door;
Entrance into the pastors office.
Baptistry from the pastors office.
Start of our Sunday school rooms
Shot from the corner of the property...future play area for the youth and children.
We call this our ecological reserve.
Our ecological park is not very big.
Stairs to upper level....
Front without the finish...we dedicated the building on June 30, 2012
Sunday we turned the pulpit over to Raimundo Lima.
Need to finish the floor.
Our teens and adolescents learning to accompany the hyms.learning how to