Housing Project Update

Having received more funds than were needed to help Lupe and Rocío with their impossible housing debt situation, we not only were able to pay that off a few months ago, but there were enough funds leftover to expand their house to add two bedrooms, enclose their lean-to bathroom, which will allow Lupe to partition off the existing kitchen/living/dining room into just a small kitchen and a workroom.

Lupe’s father was an upholsterer and Lupe was taught that trade long ago. He now has his father’s old industrial sewing machine and will move it into the house once the project is completed. One thing that must be done is he needs to take out a window on the end of the house, move that to another window opening and bring in a large metal door. The machine is too large to fit through their current front door.

Bethie and I went up on Saturday with an elder, Sergio, from the Abundant Life Bible Church so that he would know where they live and how to get there. With our upcoming move and desire for our three families to move to the other church, Sergio wanted to get up there for a visit. We took him by Jason and Kristin’s home as afterward as well.

Here are a few pics I took from our brief visit with Lupe, Rocío and the boys. They have their “widowmaker” shower head still in place, but they haven’t had a toilet or sink for about a month now. They’re anxious for the workers (who disappeared over the last week for their Catholic festival days in honor of the Virgin) to return and get back to work! Everything has been ready for a week for the workers to put the wooden forms in place so that the electrical work can be installed and the concrete roof can be poured followed by the floors. The forms will have to remain in place for about 3 weeks before they can be removed.

Low temperatures have been in the upper 20s F with highs in the 50s or low 60s the past few days and will be for a few days more. It makes open-air showers quite challenging. Brrrrrr….

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