Richard has still been working on our ‘winter projects’ (the time of year when it’s not as hot and humid in Cabo). Some of Pastor Carlos’ men having been helping him, as well. Thanks to Shane Crowley, we still received a generous check from High Grade Concrete Products of Spring Lake, MI—even in the midst of Covid-19! High Grade Concrete Products made a deal with Shane several years ago that they would give a portion of the cost of the concrete that Shane used during the year to the charity of Shane’s choice, and we were blessed that he chose us! This gift from High Grade Concrete Products and from Shane has greatly increased our ministry ability. Again, we want to give a huge thank-you to High Grade Concrete Products for their generosity towards the work of the Kingdom of God!
Richard has been and is continuing to work on our projects planned for this year. We did end up with one unexpected project. Bill and Jacki Glaubitz built, ran, and financed Palabra de Vida, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in San Jose del Cabo for over ten years. After much prayer concerning the future of the center during their inability to get to Los Cabos from Canada, they decided to close the rehabilitation center. In order to get the building ready to go on the market, Richard told Bill that he and Gordy would fix the damage caused from birds (damage to the roof and ceiling over the chapel room in the center). Bill was faced with the choice of not being able to leave Los Cabos for a period of several months or leaving for Canada with little notice.
At Tierra y Libertad, we started our first church project, which was to block in a special room in order for the sound equipment to be securely locked up. Richard designed the room with a door that looks more like a safe than a door; with a built-in lock rather than using anything external that could be cut. Richard and our friend Gordy White from Washington State worked with Uwaldo on the door design, teaching him tricks and techniques for welding (learned from their decades of working in the trades in the United States). Uwaldo is starting his own welding business (since he has not yet been called back to the job in purchasing that he previously held at one of our better hotels). We also hired Uwaldo to make a new front gate for Tierra y Libertad—one that will be much more difficult to break into.
The next project earmarked for this year will be a concrete staircase at Tierra y Libertad. These steps will form a roof for one of the bathrooms and will lead up to the caretaker’s room above the kitchen. We are also excited about having a roof for the two classrooms poured, which will also form the floor for the second story youth room. Other projects in consideration―as funds allow―include some portable improvements for the lot where the church plant in Gastelum meets, as well as new vinyl signs for all four churches.
We don’t have our usual plethora of pictures this year because Shane and Tracy are my step-by-step photographers, but please enjoy these pictures!