Thanks to everyone that’s been praying for us. We are moving forward in the process of cutting and gathering wood for the winter.
It will take a lot of man-hours, but we don’t expect to have trouble finding dead trees to cut down on our 350 acres.
The other point I wanted to make is that the woodshed did not house all of our wood. Most of the buildings with fireplaces were already stocked and there is a secondary place for bigger furnace wood. That will, thankfully, get us at least partly through the winter. I’m told that some were speculating that everyone at Barakel was going to freeze to death and thought it would be worth clarifying that we will not.
It’s still a huge loss, but we are grateful to God that it wasn’t any worse. We likely won’t have any weekend volunteer groups up to cut wood until March or April since we are working on other deadline projects till Christmas and then are running winter retreats until March 4th. Call Barakel’s office if you’d like to donate anything towards our efforts (989.848.2279). We bought a wood-splitter to help us keep up and are looking into a wood-chipper (so we don’t have to burn branches – likely the start of the fire) and a new pump on our firetruck.
Here are a few more pictures from last Monday night:
Meanwhile, we are still working on getting the freezer and walk-in cooler finished at the East Side Dining Hall after major renovations. That will keep us pretty busy until Christmas break. I’ve been working on tiling both rooms and then helping put the glass-board up on the walls.
I think that’s all for now. We’d love to hear from you as to how you are doing. HainesBarakel@gmail.com.
Dan Haines (For Sarah, Asher, and Isaac)