These past few weeks I have been reading Proverbs during my quiet time in the mornings. I have been struck by the amount of information that is in this small book. One of the areas that the Holy Spirit has been challenging in has been my mouth.
Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting and strife. Proverbs 17:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
The one who guards his mouth preserves his life; The one who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. Proverbs 13:3
I want to be on who is known to be encouraging, positive and uplifting, but too many times I am the opposite. Especially in my family. One day after I had been reading about the mouth and praying about I just used my mouth to hurt Angela. Later in the day I was thinking I just prayed about this and did the opposite. How foolish of me, but also Satan knows how to attack us. I am grateful that we have the Holy Spirit who can work in our lives if we allow. I pray that He never gives up working on me to make me who I need to be.
My words often hurt the ones I love most. I am able to put a face on out in public. A clear reminder of how far I have to go.
How would you like to renovate a building full of 22 boys? Well our renovation is almost done, but it has taken us over 5 months to get it completed.
Westervelt dorm needed a complete makeover and we gave it to them. We did all the work with the boys still living in the dorm which made it quite challenging. We started at one end of the building and worked our way to the other end. The first rooms we did was the lounge where the boys can study, play and just hang out. We also did the kitchen for the boys at the same time. In both rooms we repainted all the walls, put in new ceilings and new LED lights. In the kitchen we retiled the counter top and back splash. We also repainted the cabinets.
The rooms will also be getting new curtains and covers for their couches.
After we finished these rooms we began working on the individual rooms. We were blessed to have one room not being used for the year so we did this unused room first and then had the boys move to the then finished room. In each room we replaced the ceiling, painted the walls, painted the windows and window boxes. We also replaced the mirrors in the rooms and replaced the lights with LED lights. The rooms will also be getting new curtains.
Each room is outfitted with modular furniture which allows the boys to set up the room they way they want it. Each room consists of 2 desks, 2 beds, 2 dressers and 2 closets.
The last rooms for us to complete were the showers, washroom and bathroom. In the shower we added a private shower and then retiled the rest of the room. We are also waiting for a container to arrive with new fan/light units to help with the removal of moisture in the room. I always thought girls took long showers, but these boys really take the cake. 🙂 We also gave the ceiling a new coat of varnish and put in a new cubicle for the boys to store their shampoo and soap.
In the wash room we removed old cement sinks and replaced them with new ceramic sinks. We replaced the old mirrors and added a shelf for the boys to put their toothpaste, etc on while getting ready. We also replaced the LED lights. The walls got a new coat of paint and so did the ceiling once it was replaced.
In the bathroom we removed white ceramic tiles from the bathroom stalls and plastered the walls to have a smooth surface that we could paint. We replaced the stall doors and painted them. We also added 2 urinals for the boys. The walls and ceiling got new coats of paint along LED lights like the other rooms.
The renovations have taken quite some time, but things are looking beautiful. We have a few punch list items which will hopefully get taken care of this week and then we can mark this task done! The dorm has such a homey feeling to it now and will certainly get lots of use in the years to come.
This time of year it is to be cloudy and rainy, but so far it has not really been so. We have had several nights of rain, but not what is normal. Although what is normal? I have been thinking about this for a while. Normal is very relative. Normal for us these past 9 years has been serving God here in Kijabe, Kenya. First as guesthouse managers and then at RVA in various capacities. This will coming to an end in July and is hard to think about. I struggle with leaving here. I feel that this is my home and where my abilities fit in the best, but the Lord has a plan for us. We think we know what His plan is for us when we get back to the US, but will see once we get there.
These past weeks and months have gone by in blur. There has been so much to do on the maintenance side of things and IT side of things also. Before we leave in July I want to make sure that there are some major IT things done to benefit RVA and all of Kijabe. We are replacing/moving all of our phones lines from overhead to underground and making sure that everything is properly connected/terminated. If you have an improper connection it can really degrade the system and then the phone connection you have. We have done 2 major sections in pulling cable, but now have to connect the houses to the major trunk line.
I am also almost done with a renovation project in one of the high school dorms called Westervelt. We have repainted everything and put in new fixtures for sinks, showers and toilets. It has been a major undertaking especially with the students living there at the same time. I will get some pictures this week to post.
There is a Kenyan saying that I love. God is good all the and all the time God is good and that is His nature. It is so true, but at times I have a hard time believing it.
Grace to you!