Most of our team today worked to remove the foundation forms from the concrete that was poured yesterday. They said this was the hardest work they have done their entire life. It took much longer than anticipated and had to be done today as the forms are needed for another project next week. Starting next week the Hands of Faith vocational program will welcome 10 new Lakota to the team. They will be working on the Forward in Faith building while learning skills through this program. The goal is to have the building enclosed this fall before the weather gets bad. Earlier in the year, we had expected to be installing doors, but God had other priorities for Hands of Faith ministries. We have been blessed to help where we can. This building will enable Hands of Faith to expand their programs and impact more of the Lakota to be Christian examples in their community.
The Lakota home is complete and the Lakota family is moving in tonight! The entire family is so happy and appreciative. The kids are so excited to tour the home and check out the stairs we installed inside, as they see it as a play house to go upstairs. The home was designed for the typical Lakota family unit, which usually has grandparents, two or three children and several grandchildren in one home. It has four bedrooms and is situated such that the grandkids and possibly their parents could live upstairs which has a separate entrance, but only has two loft bedrooms and a half bath. The internal stairs (ladder really) provides access between the upper and lower level. The main level has a kitchen, living area, full size bath (includes laundry area) and living area. This home will be housing eight to 12 adults/children. The Hands of Faith director will hold an open house for local Lakota leaders to encourage them to use this model for adding homes within the reservation using Lakota labor. The current new homes are modular and completely built off the reservation with no Lakota labor and cost twice as much as this home and are not nearly as energy efficient has this home. (If you have been following this project from last year, this is the home that includes many concepts from the Missouri Science and Technology Solar Home visit we coordinated a couple of years ago.)
This year we stayed an additional day which allowed us to spend more time with the Lakota men. We were able to have a wonderful dinner with the Hands of Faith leader families and we look forward to continuing our support for this ministry. Tonight Hands of Faith did inform us that they are about $18,000 short of the funds necessary to enclose the building.
Prayers for today:
- A good night's sleep for our team and safe travels tomorrow (we leave at 5:30 a.m. and will drive straight through to St. Louis.)
- Continued support for Hands of Faith ministries and continued growth of their programs to help the Lakota
- Prayers for the $18,000 funding gap for the new Forward In Faith building
- May the new home not only change the life of the family moving but may that family’s Christianity be a light for the community
We will miss the Lakota we have worked with this week, but look forward to being back home with our families.
God bless and thank you for your prayers!