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The Lighthouse Building Progress Report

3 October 2009

Lighthouse Building Pictures;

Tuesday, 12 October, 2010 7:58 AM

After a long absence in updating, we are working on the final touches of the Lighthouse Building. Workmen are putting on the final coat of paint and finishing up the grounds. We’ve commissioned a carpenter to work on the pulpit and Holy Communion table. By God’s Grace, enough funds will be available to finish the rest of the furnishings, appliances and nitty gritty like tables and chairs and the like.

Saturday, 27 February, 2010 8:35 PM

Painting in Progress. Toilet fixtures installed. Lights and fans installed yesterday. Purchased doors today for installation. Public water and electricity installed 2 weeks ago. God Willing, the building will be handed over to us on 11 March 2011.

Thursday, 28 January, 2010 10:59 AM

Wall plastering 95% done. Electrical wires being installed. Outside ceiling under the eaves being installed. Need to get actual measurements of the land because we can’t locate the boundary markers. Applying to have public water for our building.

Friday, 15 January, 2010 9:42 PM

Wall plastering continues. Office and storeroom done. Parsonage walls done. Selecting of tiles and flooring done.

Thursday, 14 January, 2010 2:59 PM

Wall plastering of the main hall is almost done. In the process of choosing floor tiles, wall tiles. Finalizing layout of kitchen cabinet space, counter top, sink, stove and fridge.

Tuesday, 12 January, 2010 9:50 PM

Electrical conduits have been installed. Wall plastering started yesterday. Lintel around the roof is being installed. Thank God we were able to bore a well 18 metres deep and hit clean water. Praise the Lord! The walls are 95% up. The Plastering will be done in about a week.

Tuesday, 22 December, 2009 4:01 PM

The roof is done. The walls are up 70%. The door frames are onsite awaiting installation. The window sills are awaiting the aluminum window panes. Some minor shifting of the walls are needed to make the walls flush against the pillar. Work will begin in the next couple days to bore a well for our water needs.

Saturday, 12 December, 2009 11:39 PM

The roof tiles were being installed together with the insulation. Things are moving rapidly except for the possibility that the lack of funds will cause work stoppage. Thank God that we haven’t had to stop though it threatens to do so because we only have half of the 4th payment. God is in Control.

Wednesday, 9 December, 2009 11:31 PM

The builders were finishing the roof frame in preparation for the roof tiles to be installed Friday. We met with K. Jaran of Habitat who commended the builders for their attention to detail. In his estimate, we’re about 55% done. This is quite fast considering we started building in earnest on 4 November. Praise the Lord!

Friday, 4 December, 2009 8:56 PM

Finished the pillars, pouring the concrete floor and putting steel beams across for the roof. Just purchased the Green roof tiles and insulation for the roof. Things are really moving right along. It was exactly 4 November when work started in full on the worksite.

Wednesday, 25 November, 2009 9:02 AM

Day 21 of Construction: Finished pouring concrete for the toilets.

On Monday, A combined group of Thai-Singaporean unskilled labourers added to the workforce to remove the debris and banana trees, fill earth and sand to cover the toilet plumbing. On Tuesday, a pastor, elder and a deacon tied steel bars under the hot sun for the men and women’s toilet.

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009 8:41 AM

Cynthia, our first on-site volunteer started work yesterday tying steel bars in preparation for the ground beams. This is the first time we could see the actual shape and interior of the future church building/student centre.

Sunday, 15 November, 2009 4:45 PM

To date, we have finish laying the foundation. F our foreman has put i a very wide base larger than required. So we are on solid ground. Second payment of 250k bt was made on Thursday, 12 November. They are laying the steel bars for the ground beams and the base of the building this week.

Monday, 2 November, 2009 11:06 PM

Praise the Lord! We collected the approval from the municipality today. Nothing shady. Came from the Head directly. We can now proceed without worrying about the police trying to arrest the foreign workers. Digging has already begun but was interrupted due to problems with the backhoe on Saturday.

Friday, 30 October, 2009 7:48 PM

Our Contractor received a call from the municipality that the written approval will be given on Monday. Our Contractor has committed before the Lord not to do anything that would look or smell like corruption. He and the team have been busy preparing the steel bars for the pouring of concrete.

Sunday, 11 October, 2009 11:29 PM

The skies looked threatening the whole afternoon. We were at the airport early to pick up Rev. & Mrs. Philip Heng to be rushed home and then to the site. We reached our site at 5:50pm and were ready to start on time…a rare feat. But that was not to be.

We started 10 minutes late because someone drove into a ditch nearby. We tried to help but didn’t have the necessary equipment. Besides it was getting dark soon and we needed to start the service. There were about 29 people present including for 4 of the 6 current members, close friends and well-wishers. It was a moving experience. Gade lead the service. Nathaniel translated into English and Apple translated for Rev. Heng.

The electricity had been installed only earlier that evening. All in all, many things had to come together and God had to arrange all that. After the service. All the men tried to get the truck out of the ditch. We almost lost our general contractor as he was under the truck when it slid off the jack. There were shrieks all around as those of us near the truck rushed to lift the it. Thankfully he slid out from under the truck suffering only a bruise around the chest area. The x-ray discovered no fractured ribs. What a reminder that our lives are in the Lord’s Hands.

We all adjourned for dinner at the Lemon Tree. Finally managed to get a tow-truck operator with a ;jack to come out. We managed to get the truck back onto the road by 10:15 pm. Praise the Lord.

Saturday, 10 October, 2009 11:58 PM

The perimeter for the church building/student centre has been marked out. However, our 1st setback is our blueprint has not been approved. While initially we were told that 2 meters from the road was okay. Now they require 3 meters distance from the road because we tried to register as a building for public use. When asked about the submission a month ago, they said that they did not sign the cover so there was actually “no submission.” If we start the submission process again, it could take up to 45 days. Meanwhile, if construction begins without approval, then we would be violating the law. Pray with us through this current hiccup.

Thursday, 8 October, 2009 9:51 PM

Some concrete pipes had been put in the drain and covered with soil so the trucks can deliver materials. The electricity point has been setup but still waiting for the municipality to connect the electricity. F had to make minor changes to the blueprint submitted for approval. So he’s been running around. Took Kao Fang over to meet F. He’s going help guard the site at night. Kao Fang is already a war veteran with combat experience in the South. Pray that nobody comes to steal stuff and nobody gets hurt.

Tuesday, 6 October, 2009 12:25 PM
We made our first payment 250k bt to our contractor yesterday. F our contractor is setting up the worksite in preparation to start building work on 12 October, the day after ground breaking.

We had a good visit with Pastor Zhou Zhen Chang who gave good advice on building and prices on materials. We also took the opportunity to inform them of ground breaking.

Saturday, 3 October, 2009 10:20 PM
Yesterday was prayer meeting with a twist. Our General Contractor F Kitpichai joined us for prayer and he brought along the contract for our perusal. One thing he’s admitted is that he’s not very computer savvy. Anyway, we’ve decided to redo the contract as a calculation error would have put him 250,000 bt in the red.

We’ll meet on Monday to sign the contract. One current point of difference is the warranty period for the building.


Our Search for a home for the Lighthouse. Part 4

21 September 2009

25 May 2009
We meet with P’Dim to sign the Land-Purchase agreement. This form gives us the authority to build via power of attorney to conduct affairs whilst the land has yet to be transferred to us. In addition, when the registration of our foundation or company is complete, the land will be transferred accordingly. With this agreement, we gave the land purchase price in full. Thank God for trustworthy friends partners in a land with so much uncertainty.

Our Search for a home for the Lighthouse. Part 3

23 August 2009

We returned from Thammasart University on 8 May 2009 determined to seek God’s Will whether to reconsider this property near Payap University.  By then, most of us had already lost faith in the property agent.

While Gade was still in Bangkok, the stretch of the 2nd ring road outside Payap University became the focus of our search.  As we searched, we remembered P’Dim’s property which was offered to us to build a student centre 2 years ago when the church was still in its infancy.  There were no baptized members at the time.  Habitat for Humanity was willing to foot the building costs and we would repay them slowly over time.

On 15 May 2009, Gade returned to Chiangmai and we looked at P’Dim’s land in JaReunSook Village [257 wa] 300m from Road to Doi Saket after the 3 corner market.  Another piece 1 km in from this piece [350wa].  Pimuk 3 [102 wa] just in sight of the Paradon International house and the Payap Law Faculty.  Another piece adjacent from Payap [290wa] and the original house we wanted behind Payap Net [70wa]  *1 wa = 4sqm.

Sunday, 17 May 2009 was our day of decision.  Which piece of land should we choose?  We narrowed it down to P’Dim’s land in JaReunSook village, the 350wa piece and the house behind Payap Net.  We drove out as a church to see the places again and we came back for a church meeting.  After prayer and deliberating the strengths and weaknesses of each plot, we chose the 257wa plot belonging to P’Dim in JaReunSook Village.

Monday, 18 May 2009.  We met P’Dim at her house.  She immediately gave us the title deeds to the land.  To anyone who knows about purchasing land, that is rarely done.  We hadn’t even paid her yet.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009.  Talked to my colleague Aj. Udom, Law Professor who gave us good advice on not transferring the land right away but signing an Sales agreement with the intent to transfer the property once the foundation had been set up.  He also suggested that we go to the land office to check how much tax we would have to pay.  That was truly a godsend as we would find out soon.

We met 2 architects who gave us some idea of the costs to build.  The 1st was Eld Anuporn of 1st Church, Chiangmai.  He said based on our rough sketch, it would probably cost 6 million bt. [10,000bt / sqm] The silence was deafening as our enthusiasm suddenly left us.

Thursday, 21 May 2009.  Going to the Land Office, we found out that if we transferred the land after 10 July 2009, the tax would only be 24,500bt.  However, if we decided to transfer there and then, the tax payable would be 83,500bt.  Truly God had good timing.  If we had taken the land 2 years earlier, the tax would have been even higher.

What were we going to do?  Had we “bitten off more than we could chew?”  What was the realistic amount that we could afford with our current members?

Our Search for a home for the Lighthouse. Part 2

27 June 2009

“Ajarn, they don’t want to sell…” was the reply from P’Gade after getting in touch with the agent.  We had called on 21 Feb 2009, one day before our deadline expired.  “They don’t even want to talk to us unless we offer 1.9 million baht.”

How could this be?  We had prayed for 1.8 million baht.  The Lord had given us more than we asked for, could it be that we were to offer more money.  Even though the world was heading into its worst recession since the 1920’s.  What gave this seller the gall to raise prices as the economy in Thailand worsened.  Perhaps greed and a quick profit, hoping that we were desperate.

We had prayed specifically for 1.8 million bt.  No more, no less.  So we told him that if they were interested in selling to let us know by 31 March 2009.  Failing which we would consider other locations.  Everyone was now too busy with exams to do anything.

We continued to pray.  31 March 2009 went by without incident.  So began our search again.  Meanwhile we were preparing to go to Parn’s village.  Black Songkran.  We celebrated Easter and our Lord’s Resurrection.  A Fabulous Time at Parn’s Village. We drove to Bangkok for the 7th Evangelism Congress 3-8 May 2009.  Out of the blue, the agent calls to say that the owner now wants to sell.

What should we do?