2017-2019 - THE BUILDING OF OUR CURRENT HOME FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
DECEMBER 2017 - When we traveled to the site for the first time, this is what we saw. There were trees growing inside the house.
We had faith, that even as we saw the daunting task ahead, that God Himself, would be with us.
OUR GOD AT WORK. IN HIS TIME. STEP BY STEP.
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2018 - The first two months of prep and demolition were not only slow, but expensive. Our future home had been abandoned for years before we began. Even so, we are seeing through faith, our Special Kids new home.
TRANSFORMATION - BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE HOME
MARCH - APRIL 2018 - Preparing for the rainy season, building plans must be adapted to the weather, and with the rain, many interruptions, even with well laid plans. Downpours and dampness have already hindered the necessary block work and pouring of concrete floors. We also had delays building the roof, as our roofer took a fall from a 15 ft.. high support beam, spraining both wrists. We are thanking God He recovered quickly, and though it took time, the roof work continued. Despite the rain, by faith in God, we are enduring the stoppages, and by His grace and love, everything is taking shape.
We would be blessed if you would partner with us. You could help us finish our construction, so we may bring more kids home to stay. Even sow into a life, by providing funds for basic necessities. We also offer sponsorships for our Step By Step Children.
With the availability of funds tightening-up. and the work slowing, we are praying for people and groups to help us. Please visit our DONATE Page should you desire to be a part of God's plan for the least of these. Matthew 25:40 God bless you.
DAY BY DAY - STEP BY STEP - WALKING BY FAITH
MAY 2018 - We have entered the rainy season with a splash! Enduring the almost daily rains, we have used the time prudently, by identifying drainage issues, making changes, and assuring no flooding affects our new SBS home.
And the "just in time" good news is that we have a roof! This has allowed us to move indoors when it rains, and complete block, plastering, and door framing. We have an eager team working hard and looking forward to the day, when they can see our children come home. These faithful workers see their role in providing for the needy children that will enter into a new home, where love resides. We are trusting God that you too will sow into this project; seeing past the brick and mortar, and into the lives of children with special needs, who at one time had no hope to survive.
Your financial support is multiplied supernaturally and literally, with the favorable currency exchange rate in Ghana being at more than 4 to 1; meaning every $100.00 equals at least 400.00 Ghana Cedis. Even a small gift goes a long way. Help us provide, "A Home, A Hope, A Future" to our kids now, and those on their way home. God bless you.
CONCRETE - CEMENT - MORTAR - ATTENTION TO DETAIL
JUNE- (Early) JULY 2018 - Well, I have never seen so much cement and concrete in my life. Through June, we have used 512 bags of cement! With a mix of "quarry dust", sand, and stone chips, we are fashioning the doorways, baths, kitchens, windows, and handicap ramps. Being blessed with gifts of prayer and finances to continue, we have begun the routing of plumbing and drainage piping. God has been so good to us. He has provided every step, everything in proper order, and the Holy Spirit has given us the wisdom, to direct the work and move the project forward. AHH Yes, the Lord is using this same time to shape us as His children. Just as the workers are shaping the house, He is shaping us...day-by-day, step-by-step. No time has been wasted. Our future home for our Special kids is coming together in His time! We look forward to the completion of our future home with joyful anticipation. We give thanks to the Lord for our faithful donors, prayer partners, and diligent workers! To God be the glory!
EVERYTHING UNTO THE LORD - THE VISION FOR OUR KIDS
JULY-SEPTEMBER 2018 - Well, almost two months have past since our last update, and even with amazing progress, we are still working with cement. The finishing touches on the interior and exterior are now being applied, and the home is really taking shape. Over the last two months, we also added a small "3-way" Guest House/Gate House/ SBS Office. Now when people visit us, "hint, hint," that means you will have a place to stay, while spending time with us and the kids.
As you can see from the photos, we have begun tiling the interior rooms. We should be done both interior and exterior surfaces by the end of October. The main kitchen is almost done (photo), and one bathroom is complete. I remember back in December of 2017, when a small tree was growing in this bathroom, and you had to climb over a termite mound to get to it!
The masons are keeping one step ahead of the tilers, so we will have momentum through the project. Each one is doing their part in serving the Lord's purpose for our special kids. Our team pledge to Him is to do, "Everything unto the Lord."
We are praying for a few or many to catch the vision for Step By Step, and join us to help finish our home. Obeng, Joyce, and Michael, await their new siblings, and those new children will be coming home to thrive under the canopy of God's love. If you find it in your heart to give, know that no gift is too small.
This I know, no matter how much you give, it is an investment in the kingdom that will pay dividends into eternity. God bless you all. - Papa John
"...WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE" HIS WILL, HIS WAY
THROUGH DECEMBER 2018
We see God, not only inspiring the men who are laboring on our project, but we see the provision from our Lord. Every need has been met, every day, even in the hot African sun, we are given strength, wisdom, guidance, and in all things, His praise is continually in our mouths. For as the scripture says, "But Jesus looked at them, and said to them, 'With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" - Matthew 19:26
We are looking forward to the day our kids will be home. They will grow, thrive, be nourished, and loved. For the first time in their lives, they will be loved unconditionally, and only God makes this possible.
ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM ABOVE!
THRU MARCH 31 2019
It has been awhile since I've updated our progress in photos. We have been so busy with projects and all the funding and resources have been there. We are giving thanks. Our good Lord has provided so much! Having to vacate our previous home where the lease was expiring, we prayed for the Lord to provide. He answered with His word. Isaiah 52:12 . And through the truth of His word, we were able to move into our "New" SBS Children's Home earlier than expected. We still have much to do, but the home is livable as we complete the remaining tasks at hand. Over the last few months, we have drilled our fresh water deep well, completed tiling, interior painting, installation of doors, and just this week, (March 31 - ), we have completed pouring our concrete courtyard. None of this would have been possible, except for the Lord, and faithful believers who have seen lives changing for Him, over the last two years. Now, it is almost time for our newest additions to come home! Once we completely establish the rooms for the children, we will be bringing our new kids home. This is the purpose! More room, to provide all the children God gives us, A Home, A Hope, A Future! Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Our next update, will be our finished home, and our new children's faces!!!