Ev and I spent the morning down at the job site pushing a funky sort of big-headed roofing nails into plastic or rubber caps. Dan came along and helped too after he got Ewa set for the morning. (She blogged and then had an opportunity to do some work with women on reproductive health, I think.) When we ran out of caps, Rick had us count the capped nails and then asked me to do the math on nails per metal sheet and sheets per chapel side or triangle. After stepping it off and calculating rather carefully, I was impressed that Rick's ballpark guess came out the same as my calculations.

When we first got to the site, I was nervous about the many nails lying around and my thin-soled shoes. I didn't even notice that most of the Lui guys were working barefoot or in flipflops. But after a few minutes Rick came over and asked which of us could do some first aid for a guy with a puncture wound from stepping on a nail. I had rubber gloves and an antiseptic towelette, and Rick gave me ointment and bandaids. I tied my bandanna around the foot to keep the bandaids on. I really wished that he'd had sturdy shoes and I'd had a prefilled syringe with anti-tetanus meds in it (not that I think I could actually give a tetanus shot!).

Later Dan, Ev, and I were picking up nails in the chapel to prevent more such wounds when a carpenter on the roof dropped his hammer onto the floor below. How I wished for a hardhat! Then I noticed that a lot of the schoolkids, who'd been lurking around us all day, had gotten terrifyingly close to the walls of the chapel, where ladders leaned and nailers nailed, and to guys on the ground using power tools. OSHA gets and maybe deserves a bad rap sometimes, but this morning I really had a jolt of awareness that I have absorbed the safety-precaution mentality of our culture.

So it's 4:30 am Monday at home, and for us the day has already seen that much action. I never stop being kind of astounded at the time thing :) By the way, the roof sheets are going up at an impressive pace. The way Rick and Erik work with their teams is admirable and effective. Having seen the site in full swing, I'm all the more impressed at the level of safety and lack of serious injury they're maintaining in this OSHA-free environment.

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Comment by Debra Morris Smith on September 3, 2013 at 6:04am

... with a Skype problem, a task much more in my wheel house, as one of my kids likes to say. Enough trying to write a comment on this site with my K

Comment by Debra Morris Smith on September 3, 2013 at 6:00am

...the chapel. My family could tell you a thing or two about my views on cleaning up other people's messes. Tomorrow I get to help Bishop Stephen

Comment by Debra Morris Smith on September 3, 2013 at 5:58am

As Maria said, I can't stand sitting around doing nothing. However, today we picked up gallons of nasty trash in and around

Comment by jeannie stevens on September 2, 2013 at 11:24am

Oh Debbie, I really didn't see you working on a building  site!!! You seem to be doing a very useful job.......keep up the good work!!!  Lots of love to you all!!!!!


Comment by Cynthia Rapp on September 2, 2013 at 10:29am
The fact that there have been so few injuries in the barefooted/sandal, no helmet, no safety glasses, etc. environment is truly a testimony to the grace of God that has directed the Lunjini Chapel roof project. From the alterations to plans on site, the building of ladders and scaffolding, battling rain storms and heat waves, working with extremely heavy mahogany, to on and on, it is obvious that God put in place the best team leaders possible with the best team of men possible at the right time to accomplish this challenging feat! Congratulations to all, and keep up the good work!
Comment by Maria Evans on September 2, 2013 at 9:38am

Debbie Smith asked me to post this comment I received via email:

"Krista, remember it was something you said the day I arrived in Lui that made me think of OSHA? I was definitely thinking of you this morning! Also, a correction and an addition: Ewa went to a Savings and Loan meeting in the market this morning; her teaching about repro health is tomorrow before the weekly Mothers' Union meeting. And after we all discussed Benson's puncture wound, we asked Rick to tell him to go to the hospital for a tetanus shot."

Comment by Maria Evans on September 2, 2013 at 8:25am

I am amazed there isn't more tetanus than there is given all the debris by the side of the road and in the paths through the bush to the cathedral and the school.  Sounds like you did pretty good first aid.  I remember seeing at the cathedral in Kampala, this huge scaffold that was handmade, rather crooked, and rickety, only "a log wide," and people scurrying around on it.  Another OSHA-free moment of realization.  Something worth pondering on Labor Day.

Comment by Krista Baker on September 2, 2013 at 6:48am

Debbie, I understand completely how you feel after spending time there myself.  I was amazed there were no injuries while we were there except a couple of bad scrapes which Martha tended to.  I was worried about job site safety from day one.  I am so grateful for your news about the progress.  I know Rick and Erick are working well with their wonderful team.  Also I imagine both Carl and Tim wish they were there to help.  We continue to pray for your good health and success trip. 


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