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All of us at GDMMissions are very thankful to the Lord, the Ovenell family, and the Boiffo church for the progress made on the Benin Clinic building.

The perimeter wall, nearly 1,300 feet long by 6 feet high, is nearly complete.  The footing for the foundation of the 36 feet by 75 feet clinic building was dug and poured In early November.  The foundation walls have been laid and most of the backfill is in place.  An ant mound near the building will be broken up and serve as excellent fill. 

All of us at GDMMissions are very thankful to the Lord, the Ovenell family, and the Boiffo church for the progress made on the Benin Clinic building.

The perimeter wall, nearly 1,300 feet long by 6 feet high, is nearly complete.  The footing for the foundation of the 36 feet by 75 feet clinic building was dug and poured In early November.  The foundation walls have been laid and most of the backfill is in place.  An ant mound near the building will be broken up and serve as excellent fill. 

In Late November, Wayne, a plumber from New Hampshire, helped us put the drainage and water supply lines in place.  Proper placement and fitting of these lines is vital since all the plumbing will be buried under the concrete slab within the next couple of weeks, and once the slab is in place it will be impossible to make any changes without breaking through the floor and walls (not a scenario we want.) 

During the first weeks of November we are working to finalize backfilling and packing in preparation for pouring the slab.  All of this has to be done without machines which are unavailable here anyhow.  Once compacting is finished an electrician from Niamey, Niger will run the conduit for electrical outlets.  A grid of reinforcing bars will then be put in place, and the slab will be poured.  Once the slab is poured, the walls will start going up.

We are also working on building the water tower which will support a 1,320 gallon water tank.  A solar pump will send water from the well into the water tower for storage; water will then be gravity-fed into the building and other fixtures from the water tower.  We are hoping to have the pump and solar pump system in place as soon as we can build the solar support structure and get the water tank transported to the clinic site from Parakou (a city 5 hours south of Boiffo).

It’s harvest season now, and villagers are busy trying to gather in their millet, maize, peanuts, and cotton that will help them make it through the dry months ahead.  This makes it challenging to find extra laborers who are able and willing to work at the site.  Pray that Christ would be lifted up; some of the workers are Muslims and need Christ.  Pray for wisdom as Colin and I try to set a faster pace at the construction site.  Pray for safety.  We are grateful for each one who has supported the Benin Clinic project and we look forward to seeing God use this clinic to draw people to Himself.

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