Bit by bit we have been doing doing some additional construction on the site, to make the space more usable for the staff who work out of The Sanctuary. One of the little work projects we did was to create a back porch in order to move the generator from one of the rented buildings to this area.
A old iron fence that was not being used at Rahab's House became the new fence that surrounds and protects the generator. A roof was added to provide some shade from the noon day heat. This roof has made the whole back area considerably cooler and provides a nice shaded area that allows some of Pastor Chantha's disciples to just sit and relax as they wash the dishes or prepare the food for meals.
|Pastor Chantha's disciples hanging out at the back porch|
|Construction workers digging holes where the fence poles will be placed|
|Temporary home for the construction workers|
|Marking the boundaries for the fence|
|Chief Engineer managing the construction of the fence and drainage system|
With all the building materials on site, that has not prevented the kids in the community from playing in the midst of all the piles of work materials. Little boys will be little boys as I noticed a few of them playing with the bricks --- they seem to be pretending to build their own house!
|Drainage pipes waiting to be installed|
In all of these efforts, it is exciting to see the land slowly be transformed bit by bit. Despite the obstacles, despite the sensitivities, despite the challenges, I am reminded of a quote from Mother Teresa: “Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. The building of this fence and drainage system is not exactly an extraordinary act, in fact its a ''simple construction'' project but in a sensitive environment. It is easy to grow weary in the midst of all these challenges, yet scripture reminds us: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9) It is the love of Christ that compels us to press on knowing that these labors of love will one day provide a place where children can play in safety, where they can feel loved and nurtured, where they can feel valued and where they can declare: The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. (Psalm 16:9).