The guys got off to a great start! When I got over to school today, they had already demolished the old bread oven and surprise, there was no concrete floor under it! They will tear out the whole area and begin to rebuild. We appreciate your support with this project!
Classes are out for two weeks and it is time to tackle the school kitchen problem. We really need a whole new cafeteria and kitchen building but we do not have the funds at this time. So we will begin with a new outdoor cooking area, a more modern version of what is locally known as a “bush kitchen” and eventually we hope to attach a whole new cafeteria to it!
The photos above show the roofed in area where students were preparing and cooking meals. The concrete “oven” at one time was used to bake bread but the interior is rusted out and has not been used for many years. Students have been cooking meals on an open fire on the ground. This situation has led to several problems, too much smoke in nearby residences and classrooms, a continuous search for firewood and a growing rodent problem.
The photo above is of the kitchen woodpile which is directly across (right photo) from the storage cupboards for the root vegetables that are often donated to the school cafeteria. As you can see only a small part of the area has a concrete floor and it becomes very muddy when it rains.
At this point, we are planning to build a new concrete side wall, a larger concrete floor, a built-in concrete barbecue and cooking area, and an outdoor sink. We have designed a small roof and chimney above the cooking area to capture the smoke and hopefully direct it away from the nearby houses. Job and two other students, Jimmy and Clovis, are going to spend their vacation tearing down this area and building the new structures.
In the future we would like to renovate the inside kitchen which has the remains of the original cupboards from 1980! The whole building is in disrepair but a closed in ceiling, fresh paint, new kitchen cupboards and a gas stove would really help!
We are so grateful to Faith Assembly, Orlando, for purchasing the new chest freezer for the kitchen. Thank you so much! All gifts, great and small, are so appreciated! The project number is still 5619!
It has been a busy week at Joy Bible Institute. The students have finished their mid-term exams and the teachers are busy grading them and organizing the last remaining weeks of the school term. Several students are needing financial assistance to enable them to pay off their school bills and this is a prayer concern for them. This afternoon though the students were out of class and back working on the foundation of the new campus guest house. This means a lot of hard physical labor and some fun along the way.
Last Friday, we finished up the girl’s dorm back porch and laundry tub project. Second year student, Ronette, was busy washing her clothes today in the new wash tub sink. Traditionally, clothes are washed by hand and this is where the girl’s will wash their clothes.
Thank you so much to all who have given these last few months and helped us make these campus improvements.
The renovation work is not yet finished, a leak in chapel roof needs our immediate attention and then the school’s old kitchen will require some major remodeling. After that, we hope to be at the end of the urgent list!
Joy Memorial Chapel has been getting a much needed facelift these last 10 days. Thanks to Australian colleagues Russell and Robyn and their visiting friends Colin and Val, who have put many hours into giving the chapel some new sparkle! The interior has been repainted and today they were working on priming and repainting the old pews. Their next step will be to shampoo the carpet and possibly make a new simple communion table and pulpit. (We would still love to have a used communion set.) We are so grateful for their volunteer help which has enabled us to give the chapel some immediate attention.
We thought it was time to update you again on the girl’s dorm renovations. We have finished what we planned to do inside and the girls are thoroughly enjoying their house. Job and Toto have been working hard to finish the remaining outside jobs. The new back porch is finished and provides the girl’s with a second exit in case of an emergency. We were able to salvage some wooden steps and use them for the porch too. Under the porch, the guys are breaking ground for a small cement slab and an outdoor laundry tub. Breaking the solid coral rock manually has been a particularly difficult job. JBI students, Cedrick and Hilton gave it a good effort on Friday. Thank you to Living Hope Church, Merrillville, IN for their very generous offering which will enable us to complete this dorm renovation!
Pastor Edgell, JBI principal, had already started the foundation for a small campus guesthouse when we arrived last year. This project is advancing as funds come in mainly through local donations. Some of the teachers and students are working on it every Saturday. Thought you might enjoy seeing them at work yesterday!
It was a very busy week as we all pitched in and finished the renovations and cleaned up the new girl’s dorm. The weather did not cooperate as torrential rains kept us inside and we were unable to finish the outside back porch. But the inside of the house is looking great with only a few more pieces of furniture needed to make it complete. The four new bunk beds and mattresses arrived and now we are just waiting for the girls!
The guys are wishing they had new foam mattresses, too!
Thank you to Faith Assembly Orlando and Castlewood Canyon Church, Colorado, who have sent offerings for this project and several others who have promised funds to help with the remaining expenses. We are sometimes at a loss of words over your faithful partnership! Thank you so very much for the difference you are making at Joy Bible Institute!
One more week and the work on the girl’s dorm should be finished! Job and Toto have made great progress this week on the bathroom renovations. A ceramic tiled shower stall has replaced the old bathtub, two water damaged walls were torn out, and the rusty sink and old vanity were replaced. It is just really exciting to be this close to finishing the repairs on the upper floor of the old mission house. The four bunk beds are made and this week we need funds to buy the mattresses. Thank you for your support of these ongoing campus renovations. A few thousand dollars can make such a big difference! We are on the countdown as the next school term starts on May 12th and the girls are ready to move in! We still need some furniture and to rebuild the back door porch.
Last night 10 Sunday school teachers came to our house for a short review on the importance of children’s ministries and how to organize and prepare their Sunday school lessons. We had a nice time of sharing over a cup coffee. We do not have an AG Sunday School curriculum in the national language, Bislama, and this is a hindrance to systematic Bible teaching in our Sunday schools. I have been looking at some Sunday school materials developed in Africa and we will be looking for funds to have them adapted and translated into Bislama.
The last time I stood on the wooden back porch of the old mission house, the wood underneath my feet gave way . . . Gary grabbed my arm and I grabbed the railing as the plank fell 10 feet below me. I had just been saying that the wooden porch urgently needed to be demolished before someone got hurt . . .
The ground floor of this former mission house is now the new school library. On April 4th, the new library will be officially dedicated and opened. Thank you so much to everyone, churches and individuals alike, who helped finance the library renovation project. We have received a generous offering to buy the 30 library chairs that we needed. The students are still praying for three computers.
One of our second year girl students lives on the nearby island of Ifira. Every morning she has to leave home at 5 a.m. to catch a small motorboat to Port Vila. Then she walks a mile to JBI arriving in time for her 7 a.m. class. Every week, she asks me when the new dorm will be finished because though she is committed to coming to Bible school, she is finding the travel to and from school exhausting!
Inside, one of the 2 bathrooms is being renovated, an old bathtub removed and a new shower and new sink is being installed. The house needs some other repairs before the girls can live in it. We have NO funds on hand to finish the girl’s dorm renovation. To open, we will also need 4 bunk beds, 8 mattresses, sitting area furniture and 8 desks and chairs. We estimate that about $9000 will be needed to complete this dorm.
Will you please us help finish the renovation on the new girl’s dorm?
Please send all donations to AGWM and designate them for project 5619. Thank you for your continued support.
We spent the afternoon cleaning and putting library books on the shelves in the new library! We are exhausted after a very demanding school week but very excited to see another renovation project coming to an end! The best part is, there will be students in this room studying next week! Thank you to all our partners for enabling us to make these important changes on the JBI campus!
Thank you to the following churches for special offerings for this project:
Faith Assembly, Orlando, FL – Library renovation
Christian Celebration Center, Midland, Michigan – Library furniture
Northview Christian Life Center, Carmel, IN – Library furniture
Q. What is missing in this picture?
We are moving in but still need money for chairs . . .
I couldn’t help myself, just had to give you another update on the progress of the new library in what used to be called “the dungeon” downstairs of the old house. Well, it is just looking great and I get excited every day when I see it! Job, Nabang and Toto have been very busy tiling the floor and everything is coming together nicely. We are racing the calendar hoping to have everything ready for when the students arrive on February 11th. What a great surprise it will be for them!
We have ordered some simple wooden furniture to be made by a local carpenter, but we do not have the funds for these desks, bookshelves or chairs. Since the school has not had a library room for many years, there is not even old furniture to move into this new room!
We need funds and we appreciate your prayers about that but also for the workers who do not know Christ, that they will find Him during their time on our school campus.
The last ten days have been both exciting and challenging! We have found a short-term solution for our school library while we await a new campus building! Half of the downstairs of the old mission house was gutted these past two days. By the time school starts in February, we hope to finally unpack the library books currently in storage and provide JBI students with study space too! We are just so excited about having permission to use this building for several very urgent campus needs! Eventually, the old mission house will have to undergo other repairs and the termite infected second floor will have to be demolished and rebuilt, but the ground floor is concrete and structurally sound.
YESTERDAY the downstairs space looked like this . . .
BY NOON, it looked like this . . .
AND TODAY . . .
Everybody on campus has been up to give a hand in clearing out the space! Everyone is just so excited at the thought of having a library again! We have some funds for this renovation but not enough to complete it nor to provide some basic library furnishings, like shelves, chairs and small study desks. On February 11, in exactly ONE month, school will start and this room needs to be a finished library! If you have considered helping us with one of the renovation projects, we would appreciate your financial help with this one! Click here to give online. Thanks so very much!
The veranda outside the boy’s bathroom is currently getting a facelift. This is where the male students hand wash their clothes. On the right, is a photo of Jimmy, a first year JBI student, working on the new partial wall which is going up on the veranda to accommodate two new washtubs and counters.
The photo below shows the two original washtub sinks which sit parallel to the new wall. I missed getting a good “before” photo of the sagging plywood shelves which the students used as counters. The guys were so eager to get started that everything was torn out in record time! When this project is finished there will be a total of four sinks for washing clothes, new tiled counters and the unfinished walls will be plastered.
Thank you for your support in financing these projects. We have several more urgent renovation projects which need to be completed before school starts the beginning of February. Your gifts are very much appreciated.