|The Story of the Day
The Sonora SDA Church group arrived on Wednesday, along with several of our group, to work to finish the San Antonio Adventist Church for meetings that begin this Saturday night. Reg King had agreed to let them use Howard (concrete finisher) for one day, as they had the church built, but were pouring the floor last. This is the hard way to pour a floor, Reg said, but the roof would protect the concrete from the occasional heavy downpours.
Howard looked at the floor to be poured and said that they would finish as much as they could today. Reg said that Armondo Ramirez (a mission group coordinator from Punta Gorda) and his group intended to mix the cement and pour the entire floor today (Friday). . . The only question that remained was whether Howard would be able to finish the concrete after they poured it?
By noon, amidst some mechanical problems, all the concrete had been mixed and poured. Now it just needed to be smoothed and finished. By around 7 pm, Howard and Armondo's group had completed the floor. Sabbath morning they will hold church on some pretty 'green,' but firm, concrete. By tomorrow night, meetings will begin in the San Antonio Church.
Rather impressed with the accomplishment, Reg King says that the Sonora group, along with Armondo's team put in a long, hard day. A lot of the concrete mixing process is by hand, with a mixer mixing the water, sand and concrete. It took a lot of muscle and just plain hard work by their team. Howard is to be congratulated for his hard, long day finishing the concrete.
Knowing that the church floor must be completed for Saturday evening's opening meeting kept everyone working until the job was done.
The Sonora Church group will continue to work on this church during the week to complete painting and other tasks.
(that's a soy, papaya, banana smoothy, --no sugar. Nancy Henderson supplied the soy powder. Its a favorite! For the kid's benefit, we call it a 'shake.')