Please see the attached pictures. Though slow, tedious and time-consuming, they still tell the story of the progress so far, resulting in where we are today. Please refer to my email of 4/23/18. The first disbursement of $13,000.00 was wired to Nigeria and it covered the cost of the materials and labor for the steel framing( please see the pictures). How these guys were above to mount the big steel frames and the cross bars remains a mystery to me. In any case, we thank God that there were no injuries or falls. Then on 5/29/18, another $13,000.00 was wired to Nigeria for the zinc roofing and labor. Three quotes were obtained from three different companies. Our builders and the President of the ministry( Burabari Daaza) then decided on the one that they felt was more reliable. Burabari has stayed behind in Nigeria to make sure that the roofing is completed before going back to Canada( Burabari, his wife and daughter reside in Regina, SK). Due to lack of healthy business competition in Nigeria, the retail zinc company did not honor the quote that was originally given to us because the prices of the zinc went up. This is not uncommon in Nigeria. You can buy something today for a given price, and five days later the price jumps up and you may more. Once the price is up, it never comes down. What is left for the roofing is now what they call "crowding", that is finishing the under-roofing of the corridors around the church building. To make the long story short, it will cost us about $6,000.00 dollars more than anticipated for the roofing of the church.
Well, I can not thank you enough for partnering with us in the construction of this sanctuary for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His name will be lifted up and magnified in this place, and from here will spread the glory of His presence to the neighboring communities, resulting in salvation of souls. This is the hope that we have and we are all very excited. "Hitherto had the Lord helped us"( 1 Sam 7:12). The Lord is our "Ebenezer". As Paul put it, "In Him we live and move and have our being"( Acts 17:28). Once again, thank you very much for your love, support and prayers. I will continue to keep you posted.