Mr. Drew goes to Moscow - 2007
Our beloved Drew Morehouse left for Russia early Tuesday morning, July 31. Follow the progress of Drew as he works at the Moscow Bible College.
Drew at home ->
For now, until he gets his email situation established a bit, if you'd like to send Drew a note, send it to Rich and he'll forward it on to Drew. Click here to send Rich an email.
For Pictures ... here's the first set from August 17.
NEW PICTURES!!! Here's the second set sent September 5.
Monday, September 17
We are still working hard. Last week we were finishing the work on the back wall of the dorm when we noticed that some of the new plaster was spotting. There was some damage to the interior walls that we hadn't worked on yet and when we took off the wall paper and got behind the concrete we found that the inside of the wall, which is made out of brick, was saturated with water. When we figured that out, we took all of the concrete off of the interior wall to allow the brick to dry out. It took two days with lots of pounding and chisiling but we got it done and it seems to have saved our work on the outside of the building. Also we have been working on the office for CCCPM that's in Moscow. We have cleaned the walls down to the concrete, patching the holes and getting it ready to paint. It doesn't sound that bad, but there is alot of damage over there too. There was a water leak and some of the floors and walls are wet and we have to get them to dry out. Hopefully we will be able to get everything taken care of by the time the team arrives. See you soon.
Friday, August 31, 2007
We got back to work this week. We have been putting siding on the walls and gutters on the covered walkway. When we get finished with that we will then shingle the roof and I will finish putting mud on the first floor walls. We have some new pictures of the work and I will send them as soon as I can. The weather has cooled down. It went from summer to fall in a day and a half. Its been cold and windy for the last couple of days and today it's raining. Things have quieted down a bit and there won't be another team coming until you guys get here. There is so much work that needs to be done. Please be praying that if it's God's will that He would provide for some skilled laborers (plumbers, electricians, and carpenters) to come over and work on this building. This place really is a hub for ministry and if the building is not repaired and kept in good shape then the ministry will suffer. Thanks for all of your prayers cause I need them. I've been working up high and I'm afraid of heights! Also most of the real construction guys have gone home and we are having to figure things out as we go along. I must admit that it's leading to a stronger prayer life. God is good. He has really been providing for us. I will write again soon.
Monday, August 27, 2007
How are you? I hope all is well. This last week we switched gears. The outreach team came back from Tambov on Wednesday and then left for home Thursday morning. On Thursday some of the Russian interns went home also. On Friday we did all the food prep for the wedding. We were cutting and chopping all day long. On Saturday we all went to the wedding. It was at a Baptist church a couple of train stops west of Snegeri and then we came back to the dorm for the reception. On Sunday we went to church in Moscow and then came home and cleaned up from the wedding to get ready for a pastor's conference that they are having today. I'm glad that I got a break from working on the building and it was a lot of fun getting to spend time with the people that I met before they had to leave. It has been really hot here for the past few weeks but yesterday the weather changed. It's cloudy and cool. We are going to have to use our time wisely so that we can get everything finished up before it starts raining. There will be a newsletter soon that will cover everything that has been going on this summer. It will cover more that just the construction work and I'll send it to you as soon as I get it. Thanks for all of your prayers. I still need them everyday.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Here's the latest update. On Monday night we had an outreach here at the Bible college for the kids that have been coming by and hanging out. We had diner, sang worship, and then George gave a short message on John chapter one. Afterwards we broke into small groups and talked with the kids. It seemed like they understood what had been said but that nobody was ready to grab a hold of it yet. There were also some other grown ups and kids from the neighborhood here so a lot of people got a chance to hear. On Wednesday most everybody went on an outreach to Tambov. There were a couple of teams who joined together, one from Pennsylvania and another from Oregon. Right now it's pretty quite. We are almost finished with the covered walkway between the dorms and today we are waiting on supplies. Lots of waiting for supplies in Russia. There is no car here so we have to get someone to help or call a taxi and taxis don't really work well for building supplies. The pace has slowed down a bit. There is still plenty of things for me to do after we rap up the main project and everybody leaves for home. I have some pictures to attach to this e-mail. It's mostly pictures of the building and a few of me standing around. I tried to find some pictures of me working but there weren't any. I guess you'll just have to trust that I really did something. I'm still struggling with getting e-mails out, but I'll do the best I can. Thanks for all your prayers.
Click here for the pics that came with this email.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
How's everything? I hope that you're doing well. I'm doing fine. Sorry that I'm not getting much info out but my email situation hasn't been very good. Hopefully things will get better cause George is letting me use a computer that I can access my aol account on. The work is progressing. I have been doing concrete work for the last week. There is a lot of damage to the exterior of the building caused by water getting back behind the cement walls and then freezing. We have most of the exterior work finished and the guys have been painting the building. The next project is to build an enclosure around the walkway that goes from the men's dorm to the main building. There is a big part of the wall that I had to repair because the water coming off of the walkway was getting behind the wall. As you can see, the plan has changed a bit since I got here. We may or may not expand the dorm space depending upon how much we can get done on the outside of the building. I guy named Pete came in from New Jersey a couple of days ago and he is a contractor, otherwise it's me, two Russian and two American interns along with the Bob the general contractor from New Jersey. Lots of New Jersey people around here from Jesus Fellowship. It's hard work and I'm getting tired but it's fun working with these guys. I'm sorry that I don't have any pictures cause I forgot to get the camera before I left, but I may be able to get somebody else to take a couple of pictures and download them. Please be praying that we would continue to let God lead and provide for everything that we are doing. Things don't work the same here as at home and it's really easy to get frustrated. I'm doing well but I'm feeling my age. I can't mix mud like I used to. Please be praying for my physical strength and that I would be making time each morning to spend with the Lord. Thanks for all your prayers. If anybody wants they can send email to my nalawerd@aol address. The dorm address will work but sometimes it's hard to send mail from it. Tell everybody that I say Hello and miss them.
bye for now,
Friday, August 3, 2007
Things are going well. I'm pretty much situated at this point. The amount of work that needs to be done keeps growing. There is a lot of water damage to the exterior concrete and it's gonna take some work to get it fixed. I don't really know what to do about some of it, but God has been providing some instruction for me. There is a contractor from Tajikistan building a house across the street and he came over and told us about some of the materials that we would need to make the repair and there is another guy from one of the churches here in Moscow who is gonna show me how to get some mud up on the wall the way the Russsians do it ( with a broom and a stick, trippy!). Otherwise, things are going well. There is a group of interns here and they are a lot of fun to hang out with. I'm having a good time. I'll write again soon.
Wednesday August 1, 2007
I made it in safe and I'm doing fine. There is a lot of work to be done. Please be praying that God would give us wisdom on how to proceed. I
haven't had access to my aol account yet and it has my address book. If you write me back at this address, just put my name as the subject. I
will write more a.s.a.p.
bye for now,