Your Work & Witness Team at the Nazarene Seminary in Ecuador, South America made exceptional progress today on our project to construct a “Great Retaining Wall” on the campus.
Today, the team handled an estimated 18 tons of rocks — and each rock had to be handled 5 times before it was placed and cemented into place! The team (along with the local workers) installed 228 face stones that each weigh between 30 and 80 pounds. Once the face stone are placed then other slightly smaller stones fill the approximate 18-inch gap between the face stone and the earth. It is a very laborious process.
Photo #1, shows District Superintendent, Dr. David Nixon and his brother Dr. Wendel Nixon building new scaffolding that will be approximately 8 foot high. We will begin work on this new scaffolding on Saturday morning.
Photo #2, shows other team members — who are finishing and painting tables used at the sanctuary. Shown (l to r) are Sam Pinder (Bradenton First), Bea Martinez (West Palm Beach First), Milton Oliver (Venice) and Diana Rambarran (Ft. Lauderdale First).
Photo #3 shows the process used once the stones have been placed — where a layer of concrete is spread over all the rocks to create a base for the next row of rocks. Handling the wheel barrel is Pastor Pascal Permis (Indiantown and Port St. Lucie), Josias Belorme (North Miami) and two missionary kids (Courtney and Candace Howard).
Photo #4 is Pastor Michael Orr (Arcadia) and a new student friend (who as part of his scholarship is helping us in the afternoons after his classes. Their feet are resting on the new scaffolding that we will use on Saturday.
Photo #5 is a group shot of the entire team. Three of the team departed late tonight for Florida and the rest of the team will depart late Saturday night. Our flight is scheduled to depart around 12:30 a.m. and arrive in Miami at 5:30 a.m. Note: we sometimes use “red eye specials” to reduce the cost of the trip for team members.
This will likely be our last update before returning home. I will plan to give a post-script report after returning home next week. Your team has represented Southern Florida well. We have learned a great deal about all the ministry efforts underway in this part of South America. We will each return home very different than we were before arriving in Ecuador. Thanks to our entire “Southern Florida Family” for making this wall building and Kingdom building project possible!
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