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August is Eventful

August is Eventful

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August is Eventful
August is Eventful
August is Eventful
August is Eventful
August is Eventful
August is Eventful
August is Eventful

While the Wilkins were in Kansas for a couple weeks Jenn Rogan held down the fort. Teresa Price worked extra hours and Tom Cairn the Touch Global medical director filled in for Dr. Jim most of the time. Things went pretty well and they even had some short days on the roster.

The Wilkins came back with a surprise visitor, Joe Perkins Sr. He has had a contracting and carpentry business for most of his life and he came in to help coordinate a team of Brazilians that the Touch Global group were offering.  Joe began with the ceiling and went from there. He began with the Haitian helpers and they got all the ceilings up in 2 days. The molding is being finished by the Haitians since he has left. When the Brazilians arrived they tackled the roof. Damaged felt was tacked back down, the steel bought and put up in 2 days. It looks fabulous and held up well in the hurricane. Joe built a staircase to the second floor and roof (water tower) of the construction depot in just a few hours – something we had needed for nearly a year. He also built a dining room table that doubled as a work table. He mounted 9 doors total while here. He showed the Brazilians how to make small bathroom shelves, wall shelving units for each room, chairs, tables, ladders for the bunk beds, and curtain rods. They multiplied his demonstrations for each room and mounted the ones that needed it. Everything was painted and we are well on our way to having housing for our guests. The Haitians are finishing up the showers which included building a small wall, mounting ceramic tile and plumbing them. They will also continue painting the premises.

We still need a team to come finish up the kitchen area. We need cabinets built, a kitchen sink put in place, stove, refrigerator, washer moved over and hooked up and if there is time, some more chairs built.

While Joe was here Isaac decided to visit. It was our first storm where the sustained 60 mph winds blew for hours on end. The roofs sounded like they would lift off. The tents were flapping wildly and 2 finally blew apart. We removed the important things out of the administration tent and tried to tie down the rest. Fortunately, the walls and roofing of these 2 tents were velcroed onto the frame, so they just blew away and we could remount the ones that were not ripped. At 4 AM the guard said there was a lady in labor at the gate and the roads to Leogane were blocked. We all came out to help with the delivery. That is when the winds finally died down. The clinic was a mess but we got things picked up a bit while we were waiting. The baby boy arrived about 7 AM and everyone did well. We took Saturday off since it rained much of the day. The Brazilians came over Sunday afternoon to help with the clean up. We got all the trash picked up, remounted the waiting room tent, and built a stacked block wall around administration.

Monday morning clinic opened as usual and all went well until about 2:30. A bank of black clouds came over the mountain and rain started almost immediately. Soon the torrential rain and winds began almost exactly like when Isaac passed on Friday night. Fortunately, it lasted only about 20 minutes but we sustained more damage. The waiting room tent went down again but unfortunately the frame was ruined this time. We salvaged as many parts as possible and used them to make a roof over the administration tent and overhang for the patients to sit where there is some shade.

The new administration area is not pretty but it is much cooler than previously. We hope it will suffice till we have the clinic built.

We are still looking for a carpentry team to come in September or early October to finish the kitchen in the guesthouse so that the Young Nak team will have adequate facilities while here October 26-Nov 3. If anyone desires to help with this project please contact us.

We are also still looking for our fourth builder to supervise our Haitian workers as they finish the guesthouse and begin the large task of building the medical clinic. Please pray with us that God will send us just the right person. Are you that person? Please pray about it.