Treasures of the Heart
August 2005


They're in Hot Water, now!

One of the many heartaches we have for the orphans at Barskoe Gorodische is the lack of daytime toilets and the substandard showers.  It has been several years since they had hot water for the showers, therefore they only take a shower every third week.  The lead paint is peeling from the walls and ceiling, shower heads and radiators leak, and floor is just plain nasty. 

Over the last two years, we have been battling with architects and the government to build a new shower house/daytime toilets/laundry room to house the new commercial washer and dryer.  The laundry facility has been in shambles, as well. The fees and red tape seemed endless.  So, we waited for a better plan.

In June, we were thrilled to find the government had built restrooms for the girls and boys in the school building.  One problem solved!  Now, we only need the shower and laundry room. 

We discovered if we remodeled the existing shower and laundry room, we did not need permits.  Since we left, Vitaly found a contractor and we took a leap of faith to begin demolition.  What we absolutely love about the Russians is they do not waste money, regardless of whose it is!  The workers at BG and the contractor put their heads together and proposed we put new pipe (the old was leaking from last winter freezes) from the kitchen boiler to the shower/laundry room.  By using the kitchen boiler we already purchased, we saved money AND stopped the leaks.  The project was completed yesterday.

Our dream was to tile ceilings, walls, and floor to help provide a sanitary shower before snow falls this winter.  Vitaly located a tile man with an excellent reputation to give a bid.  He will replace all the doors, windows, indoor piping, and tile everything!  WONDERFUL, but we have two problems.  First, Vitaly has a Christian ballet team arriving Saturday (NOTHING happens while Vitaly is out of town) and second, the project has not been fully funded.

Decision time...what do we do?  Believing we are called to this project, doing as Peter did, we stepped out of the boat.  This is Thursday, having only two days to pay the deposit before Vitaly leaves, we made the payment to the tile man. 

Praise time...within one hour of placing the deposit, a donor was sitting in Stephanie's den providing the remaining amount!!! 

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.   Psalm 9:1-2