From StoneHouse Ministries International these are the StoneHouse Chronicles; The life and happenings of a gathered people living as disciples in Nakuru, Kenya. Our name is from the passage found in 1 Peter 2:4,5....'Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.'
For those of you who may be curious about the complete
building process we have included this part called selecting the wood. Now
remember there are no ‘Home Depots’ or Lowes within 11, 000 miles so selecting
the wood for a project can be a bit different in Kenya.
First of all, there are basically two kinds of wood
materials available. Wood called ‘timber’ is mill cut in sizes 2 x 3 or 3 x 4
etc. and unlike American timber is actually the size they say it is. From the
two U. S. companies I mentioned above a ‘2 x 4’ actually measures somewhere
around 1and1/2 inches x 3 and 5/8 inches, as any carpenter can testify. Here in
Nakuru a 2 x 4 is a full 2 inches by 4 inches and comes in a rough cut finish
unless you go and have it planed. Although like wood stores in the U.S. you
have to go through stacks and stacks to find straight ones.
Second are poles, which are purchased in a …pole lot. These
poles are usually from the eucalyptus tree which grows all over Kenya. They are
used for low cost buildings and scaffolding when putting up multistory
buildings. They are inexpensive and very strong. An 8 foot 6 inch thick pole
cost around 200 shillings or $2.20 American dollars.
Like the timber, when selecting poles you must search
through stacks to get the ones you want. This can take quite some time as one
pole lot usually doesn’t have enough in stock.
We decided to have our poles stripped of their outer bark so
we could sand and varnish them to bring out their natural beauty.
For two hundred shillings ($2.20) you can usually find someone
willing to take half a day and debark all of them for you. The wood beneath the
bark is beautiful.
The result of the
extra effort has been amazing. We have people stop everyday and ask us where we
got the beautiful materials we are building with. When we tell them the same local
stores they buy from they can’t believe it. We learned years ago while building
Rose Creek Village that it’s not the amount of money you spend but the love you
put into what you’re doing that makes something beautiful.
Next you have to find a hauler and negotiate a price for
delivering the poles to the work site. This can take 10 to 15 minutes to work
out an agreed price. The haulers themselves are made from the rear axles of old
cars and are usually pulled by one man. I was amazed at how far they would haul
hundreds (sometimes thousands) of pounds of wood for such a little amount. We have
had poles delivered two or three miles away that weighed over a half a ton
forlittle over 2 American dollars.
The next section and
the last of this series is called ‘Building’ and although we have already
skipped ahead and showed you where we are with the main sanctuary today, this
page will show the process of putting up the first pole and erecting the two small