Construction is going in full swing over at the Amal Training Center. Luckily we have a really competent and patient foreman who is in charge of all aspects of the building, otherwise I might have already had a breakdown. Everyday some combination of us gather to feel and talk through the space. We’ve torn down a lot of walls, closed up doorways, and even removed a drop ceiling to create a sense of height. Below you can see the future dining hall which was made by combining three smallish rooms. Funny story about this space we rented, it used to be a doctor’s office. The same doctor who delivered one of my kids. We’re trying to get rid of that doctor’s office feel. And this process feels a lot like pregnancy, growing something beautiful…
The kitchen was also made by combining 3 different spaces. This part of the building was not used for like the last 20 years. This is how it looked last week.
And this is what it looks like now… The plumbing is just ancient and has to be stripped.
Outside of the kitchen, last week:
It’s been fun to figure out how the kitchen should flow, slowly the end vision is emerging.
And lots of people are coming forward to offer help in neat and unique ways. I’ll write about some of them in the next few posts, but for now I’ll tell you about one of them:
We have a resourceful young intern named Rachel who is, at the moment, in charge of outreach (i.e. fundraising). She’s put our project up on a site called RocketHub, which is a new kind of site called a crow-funding site, similar to Kickstarter (crowd-funding is now “a thing”, in case you didn’t know). We hope to raise $5000 in 50 days for kitchen equipment, and it’s been amazing to watch the donations pouring in. As of now, the site has been live for a week and we are at 70% of our goal! Whenever I open my email I get about 5 notifications telling me that someone has donated to the project, it’s almost too much goodness for my heart to bear… Now it’s really feeling like a community effort. I am in awe as I see God’s loving mercy flowing and flooding these women’s lives. Their lives will never be the same after this.
Here is the website if you would like to support the project. I don’t enjoy asking for money, so please feel no pressure. You support this project through your encouraging words, loving thoughts and prayers, and through this dream we are all carrying to give these women a chance at a new life.