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Zambia, 2016, Part Three

July 19, 2016

Each morning after breakfast a team member was  asked to present a devotional. This was a great opportunity to offer thanks to the Lord and share some of the things that led us to be on the team. After devotions we were given instructions for the day’s projects before we started to work.

Sometimes Work and Witness teams all work on a single project together and other times the team is split up in smaller teams with each team assigned a different project. In Zambia we were divided up into smaller teams based on the size of the project.
One of the larger project that needed done was laying floor tile in the hallway and several of the rooms. Several of the team members worked on this project throughout our time in Zambia. Tasks included cleaning and preparing the floor, laying out the tile pattern, mixing mortar for the tile, laying the tile, cleaning up after the mortar dried, mixing up grout, grouting the joints and cleaning the floor after the work was done.

The project started with some planning and preparing the floor for the tile.

Preparing the floors for tile

Preparing the floors for tile

The sand for the mortar had to be wheeled in by wheelbarrow and shoveled onto the floor for mixing.

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Shoveling the sand unto the floor for mixing

Once the sand was on the floor the mortar was added and it was mixed by hand. Because the power to the building was not on most of the day much of the time we were working by flashlights or what light was available through the bathroom windows.

mixing the mortar

Mixing the mortar

The pattern is laid out on the floor and mortar is trolled on with tile being laid along the lines on the floor. The following are the steps needed to finish a room.

Starting a room from the center.

Starting a room from the center.

Adding another row of tile

Adding another row of tile

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Cutting the tile to fit around the edges

Completing a room in a tight corner

Completing a room in a tight corner

Grouting the joints between the tile and cleaning up the excess

Grouting the joints between the tile and cleaning up the excess

The finished room

The finished room

Another part of the team was working on the hallway between the rooms.

Tiling the hallway between the rooms

Tiling the hallway between the rooms

In the future these rooms will be occupied by students studying to be pastors or learning agriculture to help their communities to be self-sufficient.

 

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  1. July 24, 2016 1:44 pm

    Only JESUS can reward you. Thank you for reaching out to the people of Zambia

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