August 1, 2013
A few days ago engineering experts came and pulled deep samples of the soil, clay, and caliche from the field where we will be placing our new “Stability First Campaign” cottage. Visual analyses indicated we have very solid ground to build upon. But, if you were just looking at the field, it would look mostly level, but it’s not. The elevation difference from one end of the proposed building to the other end, if we didn’t level the surface, would be at least six feet. And since we are doing the landscaping and infrastructure work for up to three structures, we will be required to lower 3 or 4 acres by 3 or 4 feet, and raise another 3 or 4 acres by 3 or 4 feet. It will be a lot of dirt moving, caliche grinding, and packing. As expensive as the engineering tasks and eventual ground work may be, all involved agree that the foundation of the 12,500 square foot structure must be solid and well prepared.
And when I think about these structural concerns, and these thoughts take a lot of my time lately, I can’t help but think about the foundations of stability we are trying very hard to provide in the lives of our children. Earlier today I was explaining where our children come from to a group of men and boys who are volunteering their time to help us this week. My comments to them vividly reminded me of why what we do is so important. We are providing foundations for responsible Christ-centered adulthood for children. I am always thankful to be privileged to do this and am thankful for those generous individuals and congregations that make our work with children possible.