This week marks yet another mile stone in the construction of the Tommy Nelson Center (TNC)! The third Phase is complete! We now have a roof over our heads on the ground floor. God is indeed very good! Thank you for all your prayer and generous consistent support. May the good Lord bless you and increase you as you bless His work here in Mombasa.
When we started talking and praying about this project a few years back, it seemed like an impossible thing to venture into but the Lord taught us and continues to teach us - and I hope you as well - that there is nothing too difficult for Him, NOTHING! It has been a faith building journey for us and for most of you who have been encouraged by the progress of the TNC project.
Looking Back: The First Phase of this project required $20,000 and the Lord provided it. Phase 2 required $15000 of which the Lord provided even before the first phase was over and the $20,000 that was required for phase 3 came in slowly but surely until it was all here and by the Grace of God it has been completed. Thank you so Much for your prayers and financial support to this great project. Through you God has provided more than $50,000 towards the building of the Tommy Nelson Center and for that we say, praise God great things He has done!
What Next? Before we move to Phase 4 which is the construction of the walls on the first floor of the TNC we would like to finish and furnish the ground floor so that we can begin to use it for class and office work freeing the current building we are using for hosting our visitors, short term missionary teams and SERVE/BTCP Students and Interns. This will drastically reduce the accommodation costs of the Short Term Missionary Teams that come to minister along side us here in Mombasa, BTCP Students and SERVE interns whose term of stay stretched from a couple of months to a year. We already have two men lined up to join the internship program at SERVE Kenya this year as soon as the accommodations and their support is ready.
We need $12,000 dollars to furnish and finish the ground floor so that we can move into the building by the beginning of November 2012. We already have $5000 of this money raised and available. Would you please pray that the Lord will provide the remaining $6000 needed to finish and furnish the ground floor? Please trust God with us in prayer to raise these monies and if the Lord puts it in your heart to give towards this project please write a check to Denton Bible Church and indicate on the MEMO line the following number 9690-52. (If mailing please mail to: Denton Bible Church, Attn: Serve Office, 2300 E. University Dr. Denton, TX 76209) God bless you as you pray and give towards this very noble course.
This next Phase of finishing and furnishing the ground floor is projected to start on the 6th of August 2012.
Below are pictures of the work that has been going on here for the last few weeks:
This is some of the steel bars that was used to construct the beams and columns that would reinforce and hold into the place the first floor
Men at work putting together the timber that will hold the trappers in place before the concrete is poured
The timber holding up the trappers in readiness to pour the concrete.
For those of you who were wondering what trappers are here they are. The flat pieces of wood laid down as seen on the picture before concrete is poured. The ridges between them are left to put in reinforcing beams. You can see the timber that holds them up through the open spaces
Once every inch of the roof is covered by the trappers, the steel beams are laid into the ridges. These beams are tied into the columns and together they hold the building in place.
Once the steel beams are in place it is now time to lay down thick polythene paper which has two functions: 1. It ensures that the ceiling finishing is smooth and ready to paint when it is dry and the trappers are removed. 2. The concrete cement poured on the roof is semi-liquid and this polythene paper prevents a lot of it from running down through the cracks in the trappers.
After the polythene paper is laid down then it is time to tie in a 6 inch boxes using 10mm twisted steel bars all throughout the roof/floor. These are also tied into the columns and beams for extra support and reinforcement. These floor is going to carry another building on top of it so it is very paramount that everything is done well and according to the books or else...
After all the steel bars are tied into place it now time to start laying down plastic conduit for electrical wires that will run inside the concrete slab. This help in concealing the electrical wiring so that it is not run on the walls and floors.
It is finally time to pour the concrete onto the roof! This is done manually by a lot of manpower. The only machine is the concrete mixer and the crane that are diesel run. Once the concrete is mixed it is poured on the ground and it shoved by a man into the crane, it is then pulled up poured into a wheelbarrow and wheeled and poured into place with other men who are waiting on top.
The men on top of the roof waiting with their wheelbarrows to received the concrete from below
A man pouring the concrete on the roof and they are going to do this the whole day. It actually took them 12 hours to pour the whole floor. Starting at 6am and ending shortly before 7pm
It is beginning to look like a floor:)
The stairs are constructed last and concrete is poured on them last as the men make their way down at the end of the day. It begins with the trappers...
Then a layer of 12mm twisted steel rods...
And Voila! The steps are there...they don't look very pretty at the moment but once they are finished and tiled they will look very good. The protruding steel rods on the top right corner is provision for continuation of the stairs to the next floor.
Thank you again for taking your time to read and to give towards the Tommy Nelson Center!!!! We love you and we would like to to hear from you when you get a chance!!!