Thursday, July 27, 2006

The newly refurbished Zentralschule tends to look best from a distance. As long as you don't go around the back you will be impressed. As you can see, the new roof is on but only the sections you actually see from the road. The sides have been whitewashed and it all makes for an impressive backdrop for the opening day celebrations which should be in a few days. We will give the mayor credit for taking an interest in the building and trying to keep it up.

Ben and Linda

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

This is the back of the Zentralschule. You can just part of the roof and it is in the old concrete/asbestos form. The new roof in the front is red. I don't know if it metal or not.


Rita, Katya, Leanna and myself drove down in a small Lada with mattresses, tents, tarps. poles and 3 guitars. We are in the forest near Melitopol which was planted by Mennonite young men in WWI. The girls will be helping in a youth camp for the week.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Here is where Mennonites kept their money. The picture on the far left is the entrance to safe in the basement of the credit union building in Halbstadt. The 2nd picture is the birthday party held today at the office for our cooks Ira and Leanna. That is not all the food we had.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Here are some pictures of the Centralschule in Molochansk (formerly Halbstadt). The 1st is a side view with summer flowers. The other shows the ongoing work on the newly refurbished exterior.