The BEFORE picture!Well, if you’ve been getting our prayer newsletters (sign up here), you’ve seen various permutations of this sad site:

It’s the back of our house…focusing specifically on the “open wound” of the corner of our roof. For the uninitiated in this long-drawn-out-melodrama that is the back of our house, there used to be a sort of run-down “stable” connected to the back of our house. It dates from when it was all one property in our little conglomeration of buildings…a long time ago. Well, the new neighbors (understandably) tore it down. It needed to come down, but it has provoked a bit of consternation on my part because it exposes to the elements “unfinished” parts of our house. Now I need to finish them and I don’t know how nor do I have the money to have it done.

Enter some friends we’ve made here who DO know how and have offered to do much free or cheaply…when they have time. The blue tarp in the picture is thanks to one of them at least putting a “bandage” on the open wound until he could find free time to actually do the roofing work needed.

I became convinced that he was not going to be able to get around to it and asked if he would recommend a contractor who might work with my limited budget, paying on time, etc. That, apparently, lit a fire under him and he said that it would still be way too expensive for me and he finally set a date and we decided to do just the roof part. (there’s a ton more to do but the roof was necessary before autumn set in!)

Another BEFORE pictureThe roof we never 2pmSo, Wednesday of this week Jacques and Didier came over and took off the tarp and “cleaned the wound”…

Then I played “go-fer” for the next 4-5 hours or so while Jacques and Didier worked their magic. Now and then I did a menial task for them but mostly I just prayed for them as they danced up high and for our unsaved neighbors from Turkey, in whose courtyard I stood. I couldn’t help but want to say to them, “But really, I do know how to do things…like build web sites…code SQL…repair and program computers…etc.” But I don’t think it would have impressed them. They were “real men” doing “real manly” things (you know, power tools, heavy lifting, physical creation, etc.) It was a bit like watching God create the world!

At last...and AFTER pictureWell, about 7pm, we finally had this! Very little of it is brand new (a few pieces of wood under the tiles) but it feels brand new to me! The ironic part of this is that we can’t even see it because we don’t have access to this courtyard. Oh well, hopefully the neighbors will enjoy it!

Thank you Jesus that even though You didn’t have a place to lay Your head, you care about giving us one!

(and now, to replace our broken washing machine…no really!) ;c(


  1. Tanya

    Okay, I had to comment on the fact that you have a new piece of roof, but you can’t see it. Aren’t the best changes in our character the ones that God works through us over time? It may not seem like much to us or we may not even see the change ourselves because we are just ‘living the life,’ but those changes impact others positively because we look more like Him. That’s why I love centering prayer. It doesn’t seem like much happens when you take the time to just sit with God and purposefully & intentionally focus your attention on Him for a given amount of time daily, but over time, your peace and ability to extend mercy to others increases and a depth of understanding of your place in the divine dance become more real. At least that is what I have found. Blessings on the new roof and blessings on the changes that others see that we don’t always see…

  2. David Leigh

    Ahhh…now that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! Insight! Merci!



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