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Chile, 2015, Part Six

August 21, 2015

The week-end is over and it’s back to work at the “Look of Love” school in Valparaiso, Chile. With only a few days left we want to get as much done as possible so the school will be approved to increase the number of students they can host. Over the next two days we will finish building trusses for the roof of the addition while others finish the partition walls inside the building.

Building the trusses

Building the trusses

Once the truss was finished, many of the team came to paint it with creosote before it was put in place on the building to prevent bugs from eating the wood.

Painting the trusses

Painting the trusses

Once the paint was dry we all got together and delivered the truss to the building! This truly took a team effort with our team working on the ground and the team of local church members working on the roof.

Delivering the trusses

Delivering the trusses

Once the truss was on top of the walls it was nailed in place by the young men of the church and some of our team members.

Attaching the trusses to the building

Attaching the trusses to the building

After all of the trusses were installed on top of the walls and secured in place purlins were added to them to provide a place to attach the metal roofing.

Attaching perlands to the roof rafters

Attaching purlins to the roof rafters

Once the purlins were on the roof it was finished with metal sheeting.

Finishing the roof

Finishing the roof

While all of this was going on, inside the school they continued to paint the classroom giving it a shiny new look.

Finish painting the classroom of the school

Finish painting the classroom of the school

Other team members worked on installing new baseboard around the class room.

Installing new baseboards in the classroom

Installing new baseboards in the classroom

After two days day we were all worn out but happy with all that was accomplished.

This was my second trip to Chile. My first trip was to work on a project in the city of Viña del Mar which was where our hostel was located. In 2010 I had the opportunity to stay in the home of a couple from the Viña del Mar, Church of the Nazarene. There names were Carmen and Jose, who also had a son named Jose. In the evening one of our new friends, Boris, offered to drive us to visit them. Maria and Hans accompanied us as interpreters since they knew Carmen and Jose, and lived near by. We had a wonderful reunion, Carmen served us tea with home-made bread! We discussed their efforts to have a “house church’ in their home, in order to share God’s Word with their neighbors and friends.

Me with Jose, Jose Jr. and Carmen

Me with Jose, Jose Jr. and Carmen in 2010

A wonderful respite from our work with enjoyable company bring a completeness to the day that God has made.

 

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