Thanks to generous gifts from mission partners, the leaking roof at the Chapel of St John Maximovitch is being replaced this week.
Freshly-cut bamboo lumber for the new roof.
In the US we’d call these “one by threes.”
Neighbor boys are already gathering to watch!
After removing all the holy things from the altar
The altar area is now completely empty.I’ll take this opportunity to thoroughly scrub it all before putting everything back. Wait, what’s that in the left corner?
Yes, it’s a toad, the size of a softball, doing his best to say “Ignore me, I am not here.” I prodded him a bit, and he resentfully hopped out through an opening in the wall. If the canons permit cats in a church to eat mice, I’m sure an occasional toad under the table will only help eat bugs!
The antimins, chalice, and other holy things are safe on the table at my home.
The roof is off the front of the chapel!
Panteleimon pulls the old roof off, while young Lawrence removes nails from the wood.
The roof is almost all removed!
Palm shingles ready for the new roof.
Starting to attach the new shingles!
Magdalena is assembling the palm shingles.
More shingles ready to go on the roof.
Done! And although the weathermen predicted thunderstorms all this week, we’ve had had clear, sunny days until today. Now that the new roof is finished, the rain has come at last. Thanks be to God!
New thatch is in place.
The new roof is done!
We’ve put the nave back together.
Looking toward the iconostas.
The altar area, scrubbed and organized. We’re excited to have Theophany services under the new roof, in the refitted and freshly decorated chapel!