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Already the last week of January and we still feel we are only beginning and still learning, but progress is being made. God continues faithful, and we continue to pass inspections and we have energetic and enthusiastic volunteers. This week our camp is again full of Canadians; eight men from different parts of Manitoba and four from Ontario, all with useful skills. We also had a new construction foreman come in as the one we had for the past two weeks had to head home on Friday. We appreciated his know-how and his easy way with the volunteers, and thanks to him the house at site 1 made great progress again.
The work at site 1 continued on the roof and we got the shingles on by mid-week. We also got to work on putting in windows and doors, and then getting the hardi-plank siding on. We are waiting for an electrician to get into the wiring, but we have had a local plumber working with us on the plumbing at this site as well as site 2.
At site 2 the work started out with removing the forms from the stem wall, and then getting the porches ready and poured. The joists were put on and the plumbing was worked on and inspected and then we could sheet the floor. The outer walls were framed, but not put up as we had very windy conditions up there for the last couple of days of the week, and into the weekend, and we didn’t want to come back Monday and see everything down on the ground.
Friday we knocked off work early and came back to camp to do a few more odd jobs and then end the week with a Barbeque supper out on the deck. The volunteers were all staying over into next week and so on Saturday and Sunday, they all went out to see and enjoy the natural attractions that California has to offer, mountains, deserts, and beaches, as well as some of the tourist attractions, and even a visit across the border into Mexico. We also welcomed two more couples into camp to round out our long-term staff, and are looking forward to working with them as we head into February and our second month here.
From Dulzura, Kerry, Jo, Art, Dan, Anne, Tina, Herb, Duane, Jon, Kevin, Nevin, Steven, Stephen, Wayne, John, Lowell, Carl, Terry, Mickey, Neil, Kelsey
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