Financial Support

Please consider financially supporting my volunteer work here with a monthly gift, of course a one-time gift is also very appreciated.

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Thank you for your support!

Monday, September 26, 2016

End of September 2016 Update

Fall is here - it is a beautiful cool evening here!

It has been raining almost regularly in the afternoons, as I mentioned in an earlier post this has been nice for cooler evenings but has caused some issues with progress at the job.

Below is a video showing the work we completed last week on 76 columns. These were "integral" columns meaning they were to be part of a wall. The concrete not only creates the column but also locks the adjacent walls to the column making for a very strong entity.

We are beginning work on installing the water supply lines now that all drain lines are in place. We will also get any electrical conduits that need to run into the roof slab installed so we can begin forming the beams that lock the tops of the walls together and span doorways,etc. 

I hope to see you at one of the October/November Update Tour stops 
- please see info below and verify closer to the date on the Solid Rock Website.

Wednesday, October 12
Roanoke, VA
Second Presbyterian Church – Roanoke
Sunday, Oct 16th  during "Pop-Up" Sunday School in Roanoke at 10am

Monday, October 17
Concord, NC
Glorieta Baptist Church
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres Provided
Wednesday, October 19
Nashville, TN
First Presbyterian Church – Nashville
Dinner Provided
Tuesday, October 25
Peoria, IL
Northwoods Community Church – The Factory
Refreshments Provided
Wednesday, October 26
Indianapolis, IN
Second Presbyterian Church – Indianapolis
Thursday, October 27
Fort Wayne, IN
Pine Hills Church – Student Ministry Room
Dessert & Coffee Bar Provided
Please RSVP by October 20th to Annette Melvin | | 260.637.3198 X2100
Sunday, October 30
Wauseon, OH
Crossroads Evangelical Church
Coffee & Snacks Provided
Wednesday, November 16
Spartanburg, SC
First Presbyterian Church – Spartanburg
Thursday, November 17
Gainesville, GA
Griffeth Home | 3918 Cochran Rd | Gainesville, GA 30506
Dessert Provided
Please RSVP to 770-287-4766
As always, thank you for your 
prayers and financial support!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September Update and Invitation

Construction has progressed the past month getting columns formed and many plumbing pipes installed. 
We are working out some structural elements with the architect and a structural engineer so we can begin work on vigas (beams). 

Below is a video with a few different sections:

- showing the construction work
- an aerial flyover view from a drone !
- an Invitation to learn more

Here is another shot from above:

As always, thank you for supporting this project with your prayers and financial support, we are working as frugally as possible stretching every dollar that has been donated. 

Also, thanks for your prayers and financial support for Stacy and me during this time in the DR! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

It Is Becoming a Reality, Help It Happen

It is always helpful to be reminded ...
please take the time to watch and you will understand why we are building a new clinic. 
I appreciate this video more than ever, perhaps because I have had a 2-1/2 hour discussion with Dr Caceres and know his passion and better understand the needs in this area of the world.

Thank you for supporting the REVOLUTION
 with your prayers and financial support.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate,
to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, August 15, 2016

A full and amazing summer

First a construction update: 

Many windows will provide natural ventilation
It is now mid-August, and the project construction has made great progress this summer. After laying almost 70,000 block, we now have walls at least 9' high. 

Plumbing vent pipes
Workers are now in the process of installing plumbing pipes that will run under the floors and inside walls. We will also be forming and pouring concrete for about 90 columns, this will be followed by structural beams that span doors and windows. 

looking north
So we are finally at the "rough-in" stage, a time requiring final decisions of where electrical and plumbing devices will be located. It really is becoming a building!

the perimeter security wall that has been
 built by volunteer teams this year
The construction teams have built 200 meters of wall so far this year, and it is almost to the southeast corner of the property. We will now have two sides of the property defined with these walls which will provide good security.  

This month is a slow one at the Guest House because it is a time to recharge from the many vbs/construction teams that were here in June and July and get ready for a very full schedule in the fall. 

I am looking forward to teams returning in September so they can continue this valuable work.

a 180 degree view of the perimeter wall built by our wonderful volunteer teams looking from SE to NW - the walls are behind the yuca and plantains!


Stacy's sunflowers

And Second ... Its been an amazing summer  

This has been such a wonderful summer for Stacy and me for many reasons:

- The project has made great progress as discussed above - it is great to see meaningful progress and now be working with a great construction team. I want our time here in the DR to be efficient and well spent, so seeing walls arise has been very rewarding.

- We celebrated many birthdays ... mine, Stacy's, our son Tim's and even his new wife's (more on that later!),a mom turning 80 and a dad turning 85!

- We celebrated our 30th anniversary! My how time flies by, its been a great 30 years spent with my best friend. 

- July marked 20 years since waking up one morning with a serious heart issue. There aren't many days that I don't stop and appreciate the many days since that summer.

God's coloring book - water off of the Keys
- We enjoyed a fun family get together to celebrate my parent's 60th anniversary gathering near where we spent many days on the water off of the Florida Keys back in the 70's. 
Uh oh, time to head for the dock!

Proud parents with a new daughter!

- And we gained a wonderful second daughter with the marriage of our son Tim to Ruby! 

God is good, and we are extremely fortunate and blessed for so many reasons.  

Living here in the DR we definitely have a clear understanding and appreciation for the abundance and comforts of a life in the United States.  There are so many things that we all take for granted living in the US or even here in the DR, and this is simply a fact and result of being raised in such an amazingly comfortable and abundant society. It is what we know and have always known.  

But it is good to be reminded of that abundance and appreciate it, recognize it and not take it for granted. Our egos have an amazing capacity to generate expectations that can then lead us to finding something wrong even among the most beautiful and comfortable of situations. We should strive to overcome those expectations and appreciate all that is available, every day. 

Give thanks to God and think of those who are not in your place of comfort, those struggling for food, clothing or shelter.

Serve Others. 

Thanks for you continued prayers 
and financial support!

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10

Sunday, August 7, 2016

August update - walls are standing

Its August, 2016 and we have walls!

This week the plumbing workers start installing pipes for the roof drains and the drain pipes that will be under floors. This will be an important step because we need the roof drain pipes in place before any beams are poured and the drain pipes will need to be properly sloped, and we have a limited depth in which to run them.

We are also working with our structural engineer and architect on the structural beam designs, there are some details that we need to clarify so that we build these as specified. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti impacted all construction here in the DR, and there are some details that we need. Once we have the answers we need carpenters will begin forming these beams that will span all window and door openings as well as where we will have the translucent domes. 

The picture above  is the result of my first attempt at flying a drone over the site. It is a basic drone so flying it is a bit tricky and the pictures aren't 1080p, but it is really neat to see the building from above. I hope to post more pictures or even a video later this week.

Please stay tuned for more updates!

Thank you for prayers and financial support. Because I am volunteering here, please consider a monthly gift or a one time gift that will help with our living expenses here in the DR. You may do so online or by sending a check:
(you can click one of the links below:)
Solid Rock International


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Block Walls update July 12 2016

70,000 block are now onsite and most are laying in walls! Our three mason crews are each finishing up their section of the building. Cleanup and filling of the block cells with concrete continues. 
We will now begin forming the beams that will span doorways, windows and the skylight-type structures so these can then be filled with concrete. 
During this same time the plumber can begin digging properly sloped ditches for the many drain pipes and then install these pipes now that the 40+ masonry workers are done with this portion of their work.

Here is are a couple of videos, one showing a brief overview of the building site and the work by volunteers and another is a one minute tour - hang on tight!

Around the Site:

A one minute walk-thru:

Thanks for the prayers and support - 
both greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

update July 5 2016

Some pictures of work on the building over the last few days.

What you see when first driving onto the property

Standing at the southeast corner, looking at the large conference room and exam rooms

Setting up to start 3 more courses of block  on the east wall looking north
Taken from atop the warehouse looking west

Mixing mortar mix for the block masons

Sifting sand that will be used by the masons

Our diesel mixer is used to mix the concrete that is poured into the block cells

The ER area

Mixing mortar for the ER area

A bunch of mortar waiting to be used in the west part of the building near the kithen

Building walls for the private room section
 And Finally, a time lapse from work on Saturday, July 2nd.