Sunday, November 29, 2009

Yes, the Camp Daniel missionaries are still working! Sorry for the long absence. Tony has continued to work on Megarusalem, doing detail work. The Megarusalem program has been going for about 4 weeks. It's been very successful. The kids love it.
Below is the money changer. The sign above is a spin off of the Wells Fargo logo. "We'll Go Far". The horse and carriage were replaced with camels and a chariot.
Tim and the guys have been working on Jen and Molly's cabin.
Included in this project, was the stairwell leading to the basement that's under the bathrooms. The black doorway that you see is at the opposite end of the stairwell, and leads to a storage closet that goes over the top of part of the stairwell.
More pics of Megarusalem.

As you can see in the pic below, some of the building fronts have signs painted on the facade. This is the Megarsalem Pottery and Basket

It's awesome how great this boat turned out. You really need to see it live and in person.

John and Jen have been working on organizational changes for the Able Church.
John and Sue and the Mandich's (Tim and Janice, from Living Hope Church) went to downtown Green Bay to serve a Thanksgiving meal to some homeless and struggling people. They were encouraged by the experience and are looking into having members of the Able Church do this once a month as an outreach. Marceaux's parents, Ben and Ginny, flew in from Montana for Thanksgiving. We were happy to have them, Jen's mom and Molly's parents, all for Thanksgiving dinner.
Tony and the guys have also been spending a lot of time planting the many many trees donated by Green Bay Nursery. I've lost track of how many loads of trees Tony's brought up from Green Bay. We've been blessed with a mild fall that has allowed for outside work much longer than usual.
Chrissy has been busy with Camp Daniel newsletters. The Christmas edition is at the printers now.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

The past week has been quite a whirlwind of work. I estimate that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday clocked at least 280 man hours on Megarusalem. I couldn't even guess the amount of work hours for the past three weeks. These pics of the construction of Megarusalem are from last Saturday, thru Wednesday evening, which was the deadline. Below, the stair risers have been tiled with leftovers from a Camp Daniel project, plus a few clearance accent tiles.
You can see the foundation of the mural on the right. We are super excited at the talent of this muralist. Regarding the grapevine trellis. Marceaux spent more than one day taking 2x2's and planing them into rough hewn round poles. They look great with the donated real grapevines. You just can't buy grapevines like this, still fresh and pliable. In the pic below, Anthony has started the process of stapling on every leaf and grape cluster.
The well area is almost done in this pic. 16x16 cement capstones were used for the floor and cap of the walls. Tony built a small trellis around the well to separate it from the background which will be the sea.
On Tuesday, Anthony and Tony laid almost all of the pavers, which make up about 2/3 of the floor. It was a giant puzzle with all of the different shapes and sizes.
From this point, I was too busy to take pictures, plus there was so much mess and so many people, it was hard to get a shot in, (which, of course, was a huge blessing)
So here's how it looked all cleaned up for the opening night of Megarusalem. Many details are still not done, but it still looked pretty cool. You'll notice that it looks like night, which was the intention. All of the overhead fluorescents were turned off and a couple of temporary spot lights provided the main lighting, complemented by the Moroccan lanterns, which had temporary electric tea lights in them. Eventually, the lanterns will be lit with low voltage, and more, but softer, spot lights will be added permanently.

Check out the fake fire! It even has smoke that comes out of the top of the chimney!
The boat has it's hardwood deck (leftover from Camp Daniel's Hartley House) The rustic dock has steps that lead you up to the boat from the well area.
on the left is the bank. The pottery/basket shop is on the right
The tent hides the dressing/costume area.