Thursday, July 11, 2013

July Update

While we seemed to have survivived tropical storm Chantel fairly well, the road to the Retreat Center didn't fair so well. I guess there was approximately 6-8' of water flowing over the top of the bridge. 

Our road became a temporary road bed

Many plantains and banana  trees were destroyed.

During the month of June, we hosted nearly 400 kids at the Retreat Center. We were blessed with beautiful weather and two AWESOME church groups from the states to help us with the kids.

We hosted our first annual 4th of July Cookout at the beach. Nearly 50 fellow missionaries joined us as well with their families and interns. We had a great time, what a blessing to make memories with our friends here! 

Our attempt at a group photo before the storm hit us!

Nick, our grill master

Food, Fun, & Felloship

We were blessed with 2 teams from the states this past month. First United Methodist Alcoa,TN  came with 18 college students and adults. We spent the week hosting kids at the beach, and a safari into the mountains to visit with the family of Deli (our beloved security guard). Most of this team has been down to work with us several times, and feel like family to us.

FUMC Alcoa

Earlier in June we had pleasure of working with 8 fine folks from Crosspoint Church in Decatur, AL ( . Crosspoint is one of our ministry partners, whom we are excited to be working with. If you find yourself in North Alabama and need a church home, we'd encourage you to check them out.  They helped us tackle a huge list of repair projects, painted the homes of 2 of our staff's families homes, and painted the roof of our house white. All this, and still managed to host 2 separate groups at the beach.

Marteen's family's home after a fresh coat of paint

Getting started on Octolem's house.

Octolem's house, the freshest in the neighborhood!

Painting our roof white to help cool the house.

Also, we welcomed our second intern for the summer. Alex is a recent graduate from Belmont University in our hometown of Nashville. Alex is a from Chicago and excited to work alongside us. She is responsible for creating the Childrens Retreat Center page on Facebook. If you haven't already visited it, go directly to the new page by visiting: Click here. Alex has her own blog up, check it out here:
Our super duper interns working on window screens to ward off pesky mosquitoes.

This month we were able to partner with Blue Ridge Well Drilling in the hunt for fresh water at the beach. As I mentioned earlier, we have a shallow hand dug well but it is slightly salty. So we contacted Blue Ridge to try and drill a deep well to penetrate the shallow salty layers of water.

The right equipment makes a big difference.

Blue Ridge drew quite a crowd in the community. No one had ever seen a "real"drilling rig. What a pleasure to work with a professional crew with the right tools! They hit water at 160 feet and drilled an additional 200 feet for a total of 360 all in a matter of 4 hours. Unfortunately, the water they found proved to be more salty than the shallow well. We have begun pumping it to see if it will clear up, join us in prayer for fresh water.

We didn't find a little water, we found the ocean!