We’ve had a great visit from Rob and Chris a carpenter and builder from the Gold Coast, Australia. Rob has come a few times to Timor already and blesses us with his practical experience and caring heart. Another plus is that he speaks Indonesia so they can operate fairly independently. We just help to coordinate the next job, line up a few materials and they take it from there. This time they built a training centre for the Serving Our World school at Liquidoe. The function of this building is to provide a training room with either sewing machines or computers or both in a clean and secure environment. A recent advance for the school was getting electricity which has made a facility like this possible. There is also a space for a school office, storeroom and cooking in the verandah out the back. After trying to get mudbricks made up for a year by locals without success we resigned to using a stud frame plywood construction (eating up more Indonesian rainforest – o dear…) The building went up pretty quick – within a few days.
Rob and Chris employed around 15 locals who got an opportunity to learn a few new building skills. I will go a one or two more times to finish electricity and lining the inside where needed. Then we think it may be enough building for a little while in Liquidoe – its time to concentrate implementing more lessons and using the facility that they have more effectively. A big thanks to these guys who have the courage to hop on the back of a truck and travel up into the bush with a few supplies and live rough in order to help the locals.
Our family is going great after some recent sickness. Xakira is now crawling and cute as ever. Her arms are bandaged with splints 24/7 now to stop her scratching an itch we think is fungal based. Without this she would scratch until she bleeds. So, like I said, going great.
Some other cool news:
A Tetun Terik translation of the whole New Testament was launched in West Timor. Some people in East Timor speak this language and will benefit.
Jesus Comics are finally on there way to Timor after an 18 month campaign to get them.
Water filters have just arrived from America and more are on their way from Oz to provide clean drinking water for Timorese.
The Youth House is moving forward with the roof getting done.
We’re coming into a tight time for the small farm business in Los Palos where the group has a very short window to get registered into a new seed system before being allowed to sell their 1.7t of corn seed.
More cook stoves are going out to villagers.
We built a pizza oven the other day so next time you come we can have some yummy pizza.