– 2004 –
Progress on the Tepeyac high school
continues – but slowly
A small team of welders were hired to start putting up the siding of the high school. Good progress has been made (see the photos at the end of School construction 2004 ) Teachers and students are being patient with the very cramped quarters at our grade school (grades K – 11th!). Our goal, however, is to have the first stage of the high school built by February, 2005. We ask for prayers, and for all to consider helping financially with this project!
Upgrades made on The Tepeyac grade school – including
an elevator! Government approval now in hand!
Government regulations now require all schools to have roofs over all walkways, ramps and/or elevators to second stories, and special bathroom facilities – even if your school has no handicapped students. We heard that up to 30 schools in Costa Rica were temporarily closed due to non compliance. Our situation was doubly urgent, since government recognition of our last year of high school depended on a favorable verdict. The school hired a fellow to build an elevator, and others to work on roofs, landing and ramps. Thankfully another group of ‘angels’ visited us from Cornerstone and Little Farms churches in the Grand Rapids area, and dedicated 2 full weeks of grueling remodeling. The first visit of the inspectors was – ‘almost, but you still need a few more things.’ Back to work! But the very next day we had a signed approval in hand – praise the Lord! We thank God and His people for this labor of love! Now join us in prayer for this coming school year, beginning March 1.
One more step forward on High
A grueling 2 weeks of work awaited friends of the school from Michigan and Illinois. The task: form and prepare the entire 2nd story floor for pouring – and if possible, pour. To our project director’s surprise (Edgardo Fuentes), by the first weekend all was ready. So the group not only poured the floor, but helped push forward all the modifications that had to be made on the grade school for handicapped students – including an elevator, ramps, and a second story walkway. Many of our people here in Costa Rica expressed thanks and admiration for this fine example of friendship, dedication, and hard work. We had first time helpers from Illinois – welcome! Other members of the group have been coming to Costa Rica for 4 or 5 years, and Tom Jelsema has made 8 trips since 1995. A big Thank you! to all!
See photos at Construction 2004.