On January 14, a group of sixteen left Wheaton, IL and headed to La Palabra de Vida School, near San Jose, Costa Rica, where Matt and Lisa Befus serve with LAM (Latin America Missions).
We were there for a total of ten days and all took part in the multiple projects that needed to be started and completed before the new school year began in February.
Major carpentry work was needed for the new preschool and kindergarten buildings. John Kudd , a carpenter, was a tremendous answer to prayer and led many of the carpentry projects along with Wally Lorentsen and Ken Swanson. Cabinets, storage cubbies and counter tops for sinks were a built, painted and installed.
Howard Kern and Tom Kost helped lead a sidewalk project which was started to provide a safe path for the children to walk through the property to school. First, a retention wall needed to be constructed. Wesley Schmidt, Ashley Korol and Danya Teiwes keep the “Gordita” working at full speed. Trenches were dug, concrete footing was poured, concrete blocks were placed and a fence was moved and welded back together. Also, more concrete was made for steps by the new preschool building.
The existing computer room was moved from the high school building to a room beneath the gym. Ethernet cables were run between both buildings. Wally Korol and Pete Herr helped make and install new Ethernet cables in the new computer room. To our surprise, Lindsey Befus was an expert at creating Ethernet Cables.
Ongoing work was also accomplished in the Library. All books had a bar code and library card pocket put in each book. Since the Library has air conditioning the termite and humidity problem is gone. Dawn Herr found the Library to be too cold and made a wise move and took her work outdoors to the school’s eating area in the warm weather.
The school name was changed from “Instituto Cristiano Bilingue” to “Colegio Cristiano Bilingue.” So at the entrance of the school the sign on the concrete wall had to be repainted. Evan Teiwes had a challenging project with the uneven wall, but a beautiful sign now stands in place at the entrance of the school. Maintenance and painting is always available and Roy Acuna, Wes Dusek, and Dave Patterson eagerly took up this challenge.
Everything on the trip went smoothly thanks to the leadership of Harry Teiwes. This particular trip was also very special to the Teiwes family as they mourn the loss of Ron Teiwes, who had faithfully served on the six previous mission trips to La Palabra de Vida School. A plaque with the Verse, Ephesians 2:10, in Ron’s memory was dedicated and hung in the new preschool building.
Matt Befus has more work for the MIM group to do in January of 2011. Maybe consider going next year.