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All Major Areas Ready!
05/29/2019

Praise the Lord, He gave the idea, guidance, and liberty for these needed add-on departments, on April 18th. Just yesterday, on May 27th, were the new areas fully functional, with minimal medical supplies distributed throughout them.

Praise the Lord, with the addition of the new Triage/Immediate area, and the new Delayed area, we have been able to add 4 new medical stations. Triage can tend to 2 patients; while Delayed can tend to about 4-5, with 2 getting the most focus. The new Staging tent allows ready beds, wheelchairs, and other items to be kept ready and close at hand near the the receiving area. Praise the Lord, with the recent implementations, there are now a total of 10 dedicated medical personnel stations to work at.

All of these stations have a bare complement of the basics needed for their particular tasks. Unfortunately, dividing up the medical supplies by 10, does not result in very large portions with our current medical supply stocks. All 10 stations can collectively tend to about 21 patients concurrently; BUT, they won't be able to do it for very long, or for many patients per station. We already have signs posted stating basically "WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Got" - a reminder to prudently use the supplies, knowing that there really aren't more in the Storeroom.

The Delayed Tent is Functional!
05/27/2019

Praise the Lord, significant work was accomplished today to make this new space fully functional. All of the electrical work was finished, as well as hooking up the handwash sink. Also, the main sliding door took a lot of work, but now enables easy entrance to the area. Also, a duct fan helps draw out the heat that can build up on a hot day. Construction-wise, this area is usable, and now ready to stock with medical supplies.

The Tents Are Up!!!
05/26/2019

Praise the Lord, the past few days have been extremely busy (and hot!)! The Lord provided the offerings to purchase the very large-ticket items to make the new Delayed tent, and nearby Staging Tent, possible - including lumber, key hardware, lighting, plumbing, and electrical items needed to get the Delayed Tent functional! It also enabled us to purchase needed hardware and lumber to finish sealing up the recent Triage tent. Praise the Lord, it also gave great liberty to place a large order for very needed critical medical supplies. Praise our Lord for His abundant provision - for His ministry project!!

The tents are now set up; but there is still work to hook up utilities, and to finish customization (such as sliding doors, ramp railings, etc.) before these areas are complete. Also, additional medical items are needed to further supply these new areas, and have them better usable for the intended needs. A very special thank you to all our fellow servants who helped lift up these needs in prayer! Several days ago, we put out the cup-of-cold-water request - especially for prayer - and it is beautiful to see how the Lord uses His servants (and desires to) in His vineyard to work together - for His glory!

Brook Cherith Signage Up!
05/20/2019

Our logo banner finally arrived today! Praise the Lord, this really helps set the understanding for new arrivals that this is no ordinary place! May the Lord use this to constantly remind them that the Lord has graciously and mercifully orchestrated and commissioned this project. May they respond to His call, and may it all bring glory to our Father! Maranatha!!

Delayed Tent Site Prep
05/16/2019

Praise the Lord, for His leading and guiding! We have been going forward in faith, knowing that He is the One Who has directed this major upgrade - getting it ready for the late hour prophetic needs - and it is wonderful to see how He gives wisdom! We have been preparing the area, running water lines, electrical planning, etc.

But it was not until today that the Lord gave specific wisdom of the exact size tent and platform that will go in this area! I had been considering about three different sizes that could go here (each one requiring different approaches); but the Lord really helped show that a 12'x20' tent would be best for this site - and He pointed out the local sources for that specific size tent, too!

He also showed how we could also put in a simpler Morgue tent, nearby, as a holding area till they can be moved to a more appropriate location. That new tent would perfectly fit in its location - corresponding to the new Delayed tent size!

We know He is leading and guiding - and we will be occupying and staying busy till He provides! Going forward in faith!

Main Walkway Functional!!!
05/14/2019

You will remember that the Lord gave the idea and general plan back around April 20th, and on the 24th the first steps were taken to carry it out. On the 26th, the Lord showed me how the plan also included the Triage area (which would add, in my mind, a lot of work). But, we went forward in faith, trusting His leading! I've told our prayer team, several times, that this whole plan is a series of dominoes - each one has to be in place because it affects the next one. We started the plan at the Expectant tent, then had to work backwards from Triage, because changes over there would ripple right up to Expectant again. :-D

Monday, the Lord provided in amazing ways to enable me to purchase all of the hardware for the Triage main sliding door - and get it completed! In a direct answer to prayer! That project was literally one of the last critical items that I would consider needing to be done before I left! Praise the Lord, with the completely new Triage, walkway platforms, ramps, and covering also fully usable, the Brook Cherith has been incredibly upgraded, already, with its capabilities and usability. Praise the Lord for how He is working at this very late hour!

There are still a number of finishing projects in these areas that can, and will be, worked on (railings, weather seal, etc.) as we go forward day by day - but, these areas are completely usable and functional.

Progress Overview
05/11/2019

Here's an overview of what the Lord is doing!

Triage Tent Functional!!!
05/8/2019

Praise the Lord for wisdom, strength, provision, and liberty!! The new 10'x20' Triage Tent is now functional! This essentially replaces the much smaller Prep room and older Triage area, so thankfully we already had most of the equipment and supplies to move into the tent. Right now, the space is usable, with running water and electricity, although more construction work is needed to properly finish the doorways. Usable, as is, though!!

Major Upgrades in Progress!
04/28/2019

The Lord gave clear wisdom and leading about a whole series of domino tweaks and adjustments, this past week - but giving clearer details and provision as we went forward! We shared how the Lord led us to expand Hospice just a bit - well then He showed us how if we rotated the tent platform, it would allow us to put in an additional tent platform right next to it (doubling capacity for both Hospice and Delayed (essentially having a dedicated tent for both categories)!!

Plus, with another domino tweak, we could quickly upgrade a connecting area where Triage takes place - with a final domino result being that these three tent platforms could be connected together via a covered walkway - all possible by going forward one step at a time!! Praise the Lord, we are about halfway through this series of domino upgrades (each one making the next possible; then affecting them all). This past week has been busy turning Hospice - which also allowed us to make a security/traffic shelter - which helped provide space for one new tent - which the Lord then showed quick steps to add a second platform tent(!) - all doubling and tripling the capacity and efficiency of two of the most important areas here at the clinic!!

Praise the Lord, the largest tent platform (for Triage, pre-OP prep, and/or Delayed overflow) floor was completed this weekend, along with a new receiving area that will service these three important areas!! Lord willing, over the next few days we will be able to finish the tent portion and outfit the new 10'x20' area!

Several amazing answers to provision prayers happened this week - with one happening right as I was finishing up one task, but needed additional provision for the next major step; and another provision coming in hours before it was needed - and for the amount needed! We go forward one day at a time - one step at a time! Praise the Lord for His leading, and how He is working mightily at this late hour to show mercy and grace to those in the days ahead!

Expanding Hospice
04/18/2019

One of the major drawbacks of the size tents that we have been using, is that they are only 10 feet wide at the base (and then taper inward some). This does not give a lot of floor space, especially when needing to move around gurneys and medical beds. So today, we expanded the platform for hospice two feet, and stretched the tent outward some. This gave some much needed maneuverability room inside.

The Lord's Provision
04/13/2019

Praise the Lord for timely provision getting the clinic stocked and ready for use! Recent offerings have allowed us to get additional bulk food supplies, comfort foods, as well as additional 250 gallon water containers (for potential public restroom upgrade), as well as a number of needed janitorial supplies. Just like the Biblical Brook Cherith, the Lord provides what is needed! May the Lord bless the vessels that He uses!

Restroom Project
04/13/2019

Over the past few days, we've been working on a public restroom, to help alleviate the traffic in other more restricted areas of the campus. This will greatly help visitors, drivers, security, and maintenance to have a large portable restroom facility (with running water), without having to go into medical areas. Right now the facility is functional (as a glorified porta potty); but it could also be upgraded (to a flush toilet) in the future. This is also (currently) our only accessible-friendly restroom.

Free Freezer!
04/10/2019

Praise the Lord for providing what is needed! Just a few hours after I commented that we really needed a small deep freezer for the Kitchen Pantry, the Lord provided a small deep freezer - in perfect condition - completely free! Along with two large Rubbermaid storage cabinets!

Medical Supplies
04/9/2019

More bulk supplies for the medical staff, especially various gowns and drapes, arrived today - courtesy of an order we were able to place a few days ago because of a gracious donation.

Bulk Provision
04/9/2019

Praise the Lord for more timely provision! Just when the Bulk Storage was ready, the Lord provided! This allowed us to start building up the bottled water reserves, as well as additional bulk foods. Praise the Lord!!

Provision
04/8/2019

Praise the Lord for timely provision! Just when the Pantry was finished, the Lord gave needed funds to significantly bolster the food supplies! This greatly helped bring the stores to better meet the expected capacity needs; especially in the first few days of full operation. Praise the Lord!!

Organizing Storage Space
04/7/2019

Over the past three days, I've been clearing out the Kitchen Pantry and a foyer area, making room for more efficient storage, and for a new bulk storage area.

More Finishing Touches in Sterilize...
04/2/2019

Praise the Lord, today I was able to get some plumbing parts, and replace all the very old washers in the sink, stopping it from leaking. Also added in an additional special water spigot, designed to help flush out tubing. This really brings Sterilize to a level to where it can handle a variety of specialized processing tasks. It still needs a pre-rinse hose and spray valve.

Info Desk Setup!
04/1/2019

Finally got the desk out of nearby storage and set back up again, now that the area and timing is ready.

The Info Desk and Waiting Area are crucial for keeping guests calm and up-to-date - and also out of the way from the busy critical areas. This area also serves to provide them with the ministry resources regarding prophecy and understanding the recent prophetic events.

Organizing!
04/1/2019

Today was major re-shuffle day! During a crisis, organization is key. So, starting with the Storeroom, I tightened up a lot of the organization, cleared up floor room, moved items out that could be stored in other areas, etc. - basically making the room very focused, and easy for the staff to find what they are looking for.

Not only is organization key, but so is time-saving methods. To save the Patient Wing staff from making unnecessary walking trips, a supply cabinet was set up near the nurses station. This is stocked with a lot of the common bandages/supplies that would be used in post-operative care. Setting up this supply cabinet also freed up room in the Storeroom.

Also, serious rearranging was done in the Lab, greatly freeing up counter space, providing new shelving and cabinet space for various important supplies, and removing anything that did not belong in that area. This greatly made the room not only more usable, but also helped arrange critical supplies in a much more organized fashion and keeping them readily accessible. My main goal was to have as much as possible ready at fingertip use - instead of having to dig through a box of random supplies. When we started overhauling Sterilize, a number of items were brought to the Lab, due to space. Praise the Lord, this random collection of stuff was finally put where it all belonged!

Sterilize Overhaul
03/24/2019

Praise the Lord, we were able to purchase a used 3-compartment stainless steel sink off of craigslist. This has long been needed, especially to help Sterilize handle the expected instrument processing turnover during a disaster.

While the Lord was working out the final details for obtaining the sink, we knew that the Lord was leading in that direction, so I was able to complete a lot of prep work, getting the room ready. This involved ripping out old shelving, and installing plastic backsplash panels, new water lines, plumbing, fixing floor tile - a wide variety of little tasks that definitely transformed the area! Praise the Lord, when I got the sink in the room, it was a very close fit - with just an inch to spare! He gives wisdom, strength, and liberty!

Bulk Water Filter
03/23/2019

Yesterday and today involved building a large-capacity water filter. The water needs in a medical setting are enormous, so this helps expedite the process of getting large amounts of clean water. The top tote tank is filled with clarified spring water (which this area has a lot of), and it flows down through PVC containers holding four ceramic filters. The clean water then flows into the lower tank for holding, until it can be pumped to the main water towers. Praise the Lord for this increased capacity! This week seems to have a water focus!

Campus Infographic
03/22/2019

In a disaster setting, one of the hardest things to do is bring onboard staff into a setting that they are not familiar with - and to do so very quickly. While we have a lot of resources designed to get the various department staffs up to speed, we needed a way to show them the big picture. This would best help them to understand where they were, especially in relation to other departments that they would need to interact with. Over the past few days, the Lord gave wisdom and liberty for a great infographic to be developed, showing not only the campus, but also visually demonstrating the roles and traffic flows. This was further developed into a printed poster, with labeling and key workflow information. A picture speaks a thousand words!

Water Tower 2 Painting
03/22/2019

The patient wing water tank has also been needing a serious black paint job. Previously, it was wrapped with various black plastic tarps - which obviously are not very sightly, either - although they did what they were intended to do. First impressions do matter, when you are asking people to put their confidence in an unfamiliar setting! We got most of the work done today, with just the second coat on the next day.

Water Tower 1 Painting
03/21/2019

The main water tank has been needing a serious black paint job, to prevent the growth of algae in the tank. Previously, it was wrapped with various black plastic tarps. Today was the day! It was inspected, painted, and topped off.

Stocking Up...
03/20/2019

Praise the Lord, we were finally able to order some more specialty medical supplies, since that had been on hold for several months due to budget. This was a saline-focused order, getting it in several forms for operative and post care.

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