Tons of Cement…155 Men

On the 22nd of January we did what could be thought of in the States as impossible. By hand, 155 Haitian men mix and poured 18 nine yard truck loads of cement to form the roof of the lower level of the new depot shop. This roof is now the floor of the main depot area.  Something like 570,000 pounds of cement and 9 tons of rebar were used. They started at 5:30 in the morning and finished in record time at about three in the afternoon. It was quite an event here and to be honest it had all of us a little worried. The new pour was being held up by sticks and ply wood. It is about 12 inches thick by 55 foot wide and 80 foot in length. It took a 100 pound bag of dry rice to feed all the men. I was blessed to have my father, mother, and sister here for the event. It was a long and rather tiring day for us all, but it was most exhausting for our missionary men who got up before the sun and stuck around finishing up long after the cement was done being poured. Jon, Jesse, Jay (my father), Brent, and Josh did a lot of water running. They would take big tanks hooked to the back of the trucks down to a near by stream, fill them up, bring it back, and fill up barrels for the Haitian men to mix the cement. It took approximately 7000-8000 gallons of water. It all was quite a sight to witness. The guys had quite a load that day keeping track of all 155 men, making sure everything was getting done correctly, and watching to make sure nothing was going to break or go wrong. I want to thank each and everyone of you who prayed for this event! We praise God for a successful day with no major injuries and for how smoothly it went. The whole day was such a miracle to witness! It has been such a blessing to see the new depot shop come together and it will be a blessing to have once it is completed! On the 14th of February we did another pour. This one wasn’t quite as big. It was for the loading dock which is about 60 foot by  20 foot by 10 inches. We had about 24 men for this job and they poured about 30 cubic yards. They started at six in the morning and got done about three in the afternoon.

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The ladies cookin away!

The ladies cookin away!

We fed them 31 at  a time for 5 rounds

We fed them 31 at a time for 5 rounds

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You can see the men working under where it's getting poured. Not to safe a job

You can see the men working under where it’s getting poured. Not too safe of a job

These sticks are what held up all the cement

These sticks are what held up all the cement

Christie and Faith hard at work

Christie and Faith hard at work

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Jay (my father) and Jesse pumping water

Jay (my father) and Jesse pumping water

One of the trucks with one of the tanks

One of the trucks with one of the tanks

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Cooking area

Cooking area

Many cans of baked beans

Many cans of baked beans

Rice cooking on charcoal fires

Rice cooking on charcoal fires

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Side shot of building. You can see the men walking on top where the cement would be poured

Side shot of building. You can see the men walking on top where the cement would be poured

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2 thoughts on “Tons of Cement…155 Men

  1. Curt & Norma Witzig says:

    What an amazing incredible job done! Great pictorial of the project. Thanks for the post. We are blanketed in snow on this 7th day of March, so I appreciated the ‘warm picture show’ so much.

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