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February 28, 2014
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WHATíS NEW 2014

Thank you for taking a look back at the older Whatís New articles from 2014.† These articles have been bumped from the regular WHATíS NEW page in favor of the newer stuff.† We know that some of you didnít get a chance to lok at the last couple of entries for 2014 since we added them at the end of the year.† We could not have accomplished any of these projects without The Lord and His people praying for us. So again we want to thank our faithful prayer warriors for taking our concerns and needs to His throne.† As with the WHATíS NEW page, the more recent articles are on top of the older stuff.† At the bottom you will find a link to even older stuff.† These older pages go all the way back to 2007.

Colossians 3:23,24 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

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Inside the Freightliner is Donís workbench and tools.† We put the car inside to move between Projects.

We built this truck in 2005 on what used to be a Road Tractor.† The Lord supplied it through a Christian salesman from a Christian trucking company.† Another brother in the Lord supplied all of the material and expert advice at cost.† We praise the Lord and use it to His glory.

Cocoa, FL

January 30, 2014

We are currently parked in a friendís side lot.† Thank you Jim and Cathy for being such great hosts.

The driveway, electric, water, and sewer were installed for us while we were in PA at Christmas time.† Mark and his boys not only made this wonderful RV site but they even moved our truck and trailer over here and set everything up for us.† Don had very little that had to be done when we got back at the first of the year.

To the right is our old gas generator, below is the newer diesel generator that was donated to us by I-TEC this past fall.† Don spent a bunch of time and money to rebuild it, but it should give us better service, quieter operation and it uses the fuel from the Freightlinerís tanks instead of having a separate fuel supply.† There remains a lot of work to install and wire it.

Cocoa, FL

March 31, 2014

Cocoa, FL

May 30, 2014

Cocoa, FL

April 30, 2014

Text Box: February had Don doing some more work on the trailer and truck, but mostly he was helping out our friends on the radio towers.  In response, they were able to help us out a lot in procuring parts for these repairs and some finances to pay off our last couple of overseas trips.

The selfie was taken on a tower at the Kennedy Space Center and if you look closely over Donís head you can make out the Vehicle Assembly Building where they set the rockets upright, assemble them and mount them on the launch platform before moving everything out to the launch pad.  The other two pictures are from a tower in Boynton Beach.  The first is the ocean view over the houses and Interstate 95.  The second is a taste of what it takes to get up there to enjoy that view.  If you look closely you might see Donís climbing partner, Peter, about 80 feet below.

Christine stayed busy helping Don the last half of the month after returning from WI.  Yes, she was in the great frigid North, helping her sister Sharon after she went through shoulder surgery.  Christine drove her to her appointments, cooked and cleaned, and even shoveled snow a few times.

Pictured here is the new lighting in our main living area.† We are now completely converted to LED lights inside which give better light, but use only about 22% of the electricity.† We finally were able to purchase two new tires on the Freightliner at almost $550 each.† Then our A/C went out.† Don replaced it for $669.† It was an expensive month, but God provided!

 

Christine continues to do the receipting for La Mission, her Health Coaching with Take Shape For Life, and she spent the last week in PA taking care of her mom after hip surgery.

In April, Don continued working on the towers along with rebuilding the donated Diesel generator and getting it installed.† This includes being able to start and stop it remotely from inside the Freightliner and trailer, when it is connected.

 

The top left picture is the old gas generator removed and ready to sell on EBay.† Going clockwise is the bay after it was retrofitted.† Donís method of moving it around, lifting it up and sliding it into the bay.† Don built rails to slide it in on, and Christine helped guide it at that point.† The Lord blessed us all the way.

We have asked in several of our email Updates for yíall to pray concerning a more permanent housing.† We have been full time in an RV for over 15 years and when we are in FL we typically park in a friendís yard.† We have been looking at real estate for several years now and we feel like we are finally getting close.† This picture is of a house right next door to our friends Mark and Lori.† It has been vacant for several years and just recently became available.† It needs a lot of work because of neglect and vandalism.† We believe that buying a fixer upper will be our only chance to own a house like this, so please pray.

Luzerne County, PA

July 11, 2014

Montoursville, PA

June 30, 2014

The first full week of July we were privileged to work with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF).† We started out each day by picking up around 35 children from four different churches and driving them to camp in the bus.† Then we were the group leaders for the 9 & 10 year olds.† We then were able to share for half an hour each day with the entire group about what the Lord is doing around the world in missions.† Our theme was Ephesians 2:10 ďFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.Ē† It was a great week as 9 of the 44 children embraced Christ.

Unfortunately Christine didnít get fully into the bus picture, but if you look closely you can see her arms trying to unjam the window that the children werenít able to open.† Above is all the campers from all age groups, and on the left is our group of 9 and 10 year olds.

We had safe travels from FL to PA the first week in June.† And of course we had to stop in NC to visit daughter Carrie and granddaughter Piper.

Here is our parking spot in PA.† I-TEC has their own little RV park with only 7 RV sites.† It is clean, quiet, and way out in the country.†

Below, is the latest solar container that we are building for a project in Burundi, Africa.† There is a back-up generator, batteries, and a lot of electronics all prewired in this container/electrical equipment room.† Don had just finished installing the lights.

Middletown, PA

September 26, 2014

Montoursville, PA

August 1, 2014

During the end of July we finished wiring the solar container for Burundi, Africa.† Don built the wall and exhaust plenum for the generator, along with the wiring.† The other two pictures are of the inverters, panels, batteries, and other electronics all wired and tested to complete the container/electrical equipment room.† Don worked with several other volunteers to complete this project.† All of the solar panels, and other equipment that is needed to install this container on site was then loaded inside and it was on its way to Africa by the end of August.

By the end of August we had our ďhome & garageĒ moved to Friends in Action Intl a few miles southeast of Harrisburg, PA.† We are helping build their new International Headquarters.

These 2 buildings will contain 12,000 sq ft of offices on 2 floors, 12,000 sq ft of shop space, and† another 12,000 sq ft of warehouse space.† These two pictures show the progress over one month.† Don is currently doing a lot of site work including digging a lot of trenches for water, sewer, and electric.† He also drives an off-road dump truck as they hauled a lot of dirt around.

Middletown, PA

November 21, 2014

Cocoa, FL

November 27, 2014

Haiti

December 8, 2014

Text Box: Don was able to make two trips to Haiti this fall.  The first was in November to Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Saint Marc where he was part of a team of 13 men and women installing the new electrical infrastructure for their base.  On our first work day we discovered that one of the missionaryís domestic rabbits had escaped his cage only to fall into one of the six foot deep holes that was drilled for one of the new utility poles.  As it turned out, Don was uniquely qualified to dive in and rescue this rabbit.  People laugh when he mentions how he was up to his ankles in a hole and it took two guys and a backhoe to pull him back out.  The last work day on that project we all gathered in the generator room to pray over all the new equipment and for the work for Christ that it will facilitate.

The second trip was the beginning of December, to the Baptist Hospital near Cap Haitian with two other men to install two new solar systems.  The first was on the concrete roof of the hospital and the second was on a shipping container that houses the batteries and inverters for their volunteer village.

Near the end of October we received pictures and a description of a property in Cocoa, FL that came up for sale.† We asked our friends Mark & Lori to go take a look and they gave it their blessing.† It is a wonderful piece of land, just over an acre, in a nice neighborhood less than two miles from our friends and about 8 miles from church.† The house is a double wide trailer that has been kept spotless by the previous owner.† We saw Godís hand in the entire transaction since we had to do everything over the phone and through emails from PA and Haiti.† We paid for a professional home inspection that turned up some hidden issues and allowed us to get the price down a few thousand dollars more.† This also gave us the beginning to our to-do list.

We made settlement the day before Thanksgiving and spent most of that holiday moving our personal items and mattress into the house.† The selfie above was taken from our back deck overlooking the pool and spacious back yard.† We have been working hard to make this house into our new home as we needed to acquire a lot of furniture.† Since we have been living full time in an RV for the last 15 years, we didnít own any real furniture.† We were able to find a sectional sofa on Crag's List.† The people were asking $100 for it but gave it to us as Christine told our story.† They were also moved to throw in a rocker recliner and a dining room table.† God is so good.† Another blessing was meeting the previous owner;† Linda is a Christian and has helped us with a lot of stuff, like showing us how to take care of the pool, giving us a lawn mower and offering to barter some of Donís electrical skill for the riding tractor.† She even went to the carpet store and arranged for the carpets to be stretched under her warranty.

What a difference a couple of months makes.† These are the same two buildings with the siding and roofing finished.† The building on the right still needs the trim and gutters, but the doors were installed not long after this picture was taken.

Text Box: We are currently praying for the ministry of Friends in Action International (FIA) as they are trying to raise the funds for this project as they build so that they wonít incur too much debt.  They also need a lot of volunteers to install lighting, and other components of the electrical system.  The electric utility was way behind in their work as the electric was supposed to be turned on in September or October.  FIA finally received power just before New Years Eve.  Well at least they finished it before the end of the year.

We have worked on this project for the better part of three months and they have let us know that we are welcome back as soon as we can get there.  It has been a pleasure working with Gary (pictured at left) and Paul ( on staff with FIA), along with Dave and the men at Scenic Ridge Construction.  Don was impressed with Scenic Ridgeís crews as they always went far above the standard to do a good job for the Lord.  All of the guys are polite and hard working.  It was a real pleasure working with them.
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