Posted by: BlessingMinistry | March 10, 2012

3-10 Bethel Update

Mark has been in the States for 2 weeks and is having wonderful opportunities to see many of you!  While he is away, work is continuing and, thanks to the Lord’s faithfulness and your generosity, many big projects are being worked on.

The fireplace has been built up enough to use!  The only work left is to paint it and put tiles on the floor in front of it.  We have been running it quite frequently and it was built to carry heat into the heating system, all the way up to the 3rd floor.  We did a little experiment with it one day.  Before the fire was lit, the furnace was coming on every 8 minutes.  Once a fire had been going for a couple of hours, it had gradually slowed down to coming on every 15 minutes!  In the long Ukrainian winters, that will make quite a difference on our gas bills!  Praise God it is working as it should and accomplishing the purpose for which it was built.

Work has also been happening on the 3rd floor, which will mostly be used for our family – a small living room and bedrooms for our girls when they are living at home, and personal guests when they aren’t.  Ceiling boards, wall framing, insulation, and drywall have all been going up at a rapid pace.  Ceiling boards were chosen, again, because of the high price of gas and the extreme cold of winters; the boards are a better source of insulation.

Small jobs have also been getting worked on – shelves in the pantry, and shelves in some bedrooms & closets are being put up; the bay window seat is being built; and the laundry chute is up (pictured below).

With so many big projects happening, between supplies and labor, money disappears faster than we can believe!  It is our constant prayer to be good stewards, but we also want to build this house with excellence, so that it can serve people well for many years.  Your support & prayers for strength, wisdom, and provision are, as always, much appreciated.


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