Your Southern Florida Work & Witness Team continued with its mission today. God has continued to bless and protect as we have now completed 5 days of Working and Witnessing in Ecuador, South America.
We have made remarkable progress with the “Great Retaining Wall”. Here is some interesting information about “The Wall”: Today the team put in 156 face rocks — that each will range from 30 – 70 pounds. Behind each face rock (what you see from the outside) there are at least two filler rocks that weigh between 10-20 pounds each and on top of those two large filler rocks are probably 5-15 smaller rocks that weigh between 1 to 2 pounds. As of today we have used 80 bags of concrete mix. If you consider the weight of the concrete mix, the sand, gravel and water — we have applied about 27 tons of concrete mix on the rocks of the wall.
Photo #1, shows our “Lady Rockers” — (l to r) Lucy Squer (Palm City New Hope), Karen Stathas (Naples) and Wendy Moore (Lake Worth First). They have used trowels and a poking instrument (held by Wendy) to sort thousands of stones before they are dropped and applied to the actual retaining wall. They have done amazing work.
Photo #2 is our Work & Witness Coordinator, Rev. Roy Shuck (Naples Faith) wheel barreling two very heavy face rocks to be dropped 18′ feet to the base of where work is happening to build the wall. Pastor Roy has done a phenomenal job in leading the team. He and Mary will be leaving late Friday night to return home — so he can perform a wedding on Saturday afternoon. Please pray for their safety.
Photo #3 is just one example of some of the spectacular and unusual plants growing on the seminary grounds where we are building “The Wall”. Does anyone know what that plant is?
Photo #4 are the eight team members who purchased hats of one-kind-or-another at the Indian market on Wednesday. From l to r are: Pastor Pascal Permis (Indiantown and Port St. Lucie Haitian), Pastor Roy Shuck, Josias Belorme (North Miami), Melroy and Janet Francis (Palm City New Hope Fellowship), Pastor Jean Cidel (North Miami), Pastor Michael Orr (Arcadia) and Dennis Moore (Lake Worth First).
Photo #5 is Dr. David Nixon (our District Superintendent) and his brother, Dr. Wendel Nixon who were driven today by Missionary Dwight Rich to Vaqueria about 3 1/2 hours out from Quito and at an altitude exceeding 12,000 feet. Several years ago the Nixon family built this church in memory of their father, Rev. Cliffton Nixon. This was the first time for them to see the completed building. Nearly 100 parishioners of the Kuichua Indian tribe met the two Nixons and Dwight Rich today. The church is thriving with many young families, with an average weekly attendance exceeding 250. The church served a special lunch to their visitors today. Dr. Nixon described how blessed they were with all they saw. I’m sure we will here and see more about his visit to this growing church.
We will plan to send your more photos tomorrow of the “Great Retaining Wall” and its climbing accomplishments. Some team members are constructing and refinishing tables used on the seminary campus. We have have had excellent weather, even though it has been a bit cloudy at times (thankfully). The temperatures are in the high 40’s in the morning, warming up to the low 70’s during the day — a nice change from the South Florida heat and humidity!
Thank you to all the churches and individuals that contributed to this unique and worthwhile project to help extend the ministry of the seminary. We appreciate and covet your prayers.
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