Saipan, N.M.I. – Weekly Report – Sept 23-27, 2019

October 2, 2019

The Saipan project was opened up this week after being shut down since April.  Our first team included three volunteers from Canada and four from Pennsylvania.  After a few days of getting acclimated to the time change, humidity and heat, the team fell into a good rhythm and was pleased with how much they were able to accomplish.

Work included removing damaged tin from the roof on Ana’s house as well as repairing and reinforcing the trusses as needed.  We also installed new windows and a new door, which required framing in for them to fit nicely.  By the end of the week, new tin was being installed on the roof.  Already one can see great change in this home that received extensive damage in the Yutu Typhoon, October 25, 2018.

Our hotel is located right on the waterfront, so going for walks on the beautiful white sandy beach and taking in the amazing sunrises and sunsets has been a highlight.  During their afternoon break, our young PA volunteers enjoyed some fresh coconut milk from coconuts they harvested from a nearby coconut palm.  Note that not just anyone can shimmy up a tall palm tree!

On Saturday several of our volunteers took advantage of the opportunity to go deep sea diving, some went on a bike tour of the island and others explored the underwater world of Tanapag Lagoon aboard the “Deepstar” submarine.

We anticipate completing the roof on Ana’s house next week as well as getting started on Theresa’s house.  We are grateful for numerous days when rain was in the forecast but simply had overcast skies without rain.  God is good, all the time.  All the time, God is good.

Submitted by Don & Rachel Horst, project director and office manager