Erin and Mike will rent a 900 sq. ft. home next door to our primary ministry center, the IBCP seminary. We will only have a 100 meter walk to do most of our ministry. The two-bedroom, one-bath home is owned by a Baptist organization. On the property are several small houses and apartments which the Baptists rent. The home comes unfurnished and has a detached kitchen.
There is no hot water in the home. The source of the water is a gravity fed well. The water is not drinkable. We will need to purify the water before we use it. The well water is fed to a tower by a generator that only runs when the sporadic electricity is running. To supplement our water supply we will capture the rain water off our roof, direct it to a 50 gallon barrel and purify it there.
We will set up a small bank of solar panels and batteries to provide us with electricity during the frequent power outages. All the doors and windows are barred and covered with mosquito screen. The floors are tiled and the roof is corrugated tin. There is no central air, we will use floor fans.
The landlord prohibits alcohol and tobacco on the premises and every renter is required to serve periodically as community guard to protect from robberies.
It is a modest home, but the proximity to our ministry and low rent are a great blessing.