River of Joy base from the road

River of Joy base from the road
Picnic Patio goes to work

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Building in May 2011

Building went into high gear this week. Last week we were still just getting started
In preparation Alina gardened and Sasha moved a mountain .
In 2011 Spring came late. Money for building 
seemed to come in coordination with weather changes.
To become a guest room the woodshed is getting higher walls.
Using a hand saw, Lenur is sawing off a chunk of "rakushka"
a sedimentary stone commonly used for building here in Crimea.
 It has air holes in it and has pretty good R value because
 of all the air holes in it. Its not every day you see a man cut
stone with a hand saw.
the woodshed will become a place for guests!
Firewood, tools and dog had to be relocated.
The excavated dirt from around the woodshed is being used for fill 
to level out the picnic square, the area we are preparing for campers 
to eat their meals out of the way of  foot traffic.
To get there you must go through two arches.
This is where the dirt is going. The future picnic square.
Gravel for it arrives today
Soon we hope to pave it with flagstones
The gray patches area above the arch is where 
the penoplast insulation panels have not yet been put in place.
They will  substantially lower our heat loss next winter.
Andrae prepares a concrete pour for the picnic square perimeter. 
Andrae is a talented local builder but he confesses to being a materialist. Please
pray for his salvation. The white painted cabin behind him is where I live. We plan to
give it a new mission tile roof this summer. 

Lenur and Sasha raise the roof of the woodshed as it becomes a guest room.
It is small but will have character and a huge picture window onto a beautiful garden.
The building in the background is the garage..or more accurately for how we use it
our builder's warehouse.

Well, I need to go fix breakfast. Please pray we get this done in time for camp this year. 
Blessings, David

Oleg Loboda and I go way back. I knew him early in my Crimean ministry.
He and his wife Oksana met as coworkers on our laser team. As I right this he is playing
and singing to men in prison. l;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
He is a talented composer of Christian children's songs andhas  very popular band. 
He akso has two children now so he works in the building trades to make enough money.
The insulation material is very light. It will be plastered over.


  1. Love all the pictures! It is neat to see how things are being done over there.

  2. Can't wait to hear about the guest cottage AKA wood shed and all the guests it will bless. :)

  3. I like the pictures they look very nice