Earlier this week we had our second ground breaking at the clinic property. The first took place back in April. This was when the well was dug, and the 1300’ long perimeter wall was started. The well has been producing water for the construction project, but will need to be dug a little deeper once the water table drops during the dry season. The perimeter wall will help protect the property from animals (cows and goats roam free here), and promote clear patient flow once operations begin early next year.
On Tuesday, October 7th a small ground breaking ceremony was held at the clinic site. Missionary Colin Ovenell and Pastor Zack, together with church members, and the village chief gathered to celebrate commencement of construction on the main clinic building, where most patient care will take place. The building will be 76’ by 36’. An evangelism center will also be started over the next few months.
The rains have stopped, and pretty soon the ground will dry up making it difficult to dig, so the timing is perfect.
In mid-November Bryan Bell, along with Wayne Webster (Master Plumber), will travel to Benin. Once the plumbing lines are run, the foundations and slab will be poured. The walls will then be built. Cement blocks are also being made in preparation for post foundation/slab building.
Continue to pray for safety at the jobsite. Pray that during the building process there would be opportunities for sharing the gospel.