Foam Roof On Our Medical Clinic

On our two-acre ministry center in the middle of the super-poor community of Armenia Bonito we are building a medical clinic. This clinic will serve the 3,000 residents of the community on the outskirts of La Ceiba, Honduras. In an effort to serve as good stewards of the tens of thousands of dollars God has sent us to build this clinic we are trying find ways to reduce costs wherever we can.

The foam blocksOur teammate John has lots of experience in construction and regularly offers up out-of-the-box ways to maximize our resources. One of John’s most recent brainstorms was to insert foam blocks into the pouring of the concrete roof on the clinic we are building in Armenia Bonito. We placed 120 pieces of foam block that are 3 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. into the concrete roof. That is about 1000 sq. ft. of foam. For starters we used one truckload (about 8 cu. yds.) of cement over the foamconcrete less and saved about $700 in the construction costs of the roof.

The real savings comes over the lifetime of the clinic. The roof over our clinic is about 32,000 lbs lighter than it would have been without the foam. That will reduce on the wear and tear of the building and lesson the cost of repairs. The foam will greatly insulate the building. This is very important in a region where we regularly see days that are 95 degrees temperature and 95 percent humidity. The foam could provide us finishing the cementwith enough insulation that we may not need to install air-conditioning units to cool the inside of the building. Small little fans in each room may be sufficient to cool the clinic. This could save $100 per month in electricity costs alone. That type of savings is important to the longevity of this ministry.

This clinic will indeed serve the poor and needy as we are commanded to do (Proverbs 3:27, 1 Corinthians 10:24, Deuteronomy 15:7). But, if we are good stewards with God’s resources, as we are also commanded (1 Corinthians 4:1-2, Matthew 25:14-30, Luke 12:42-44), we will be able to serve even more people, for less money, for a longer period of time.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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