It started when abutting roof layers lifted and water eked in slowly, wetting the interior walls on both sides of the seam between the buildings. A little water goes a long way and before we knew what was really happening, interior walls were damaged on both sides — meaning the sanctuary side and the small office on the other side. Joists rotted, plaster fell off, and termites crept in to set up house. Old buildings have a way of sneaking into disrepair and before you realize it, costly damage ensues. Then one problem leads to another, repair bills add up, and you have a “situation.”And, as we know, with older buildings, slate shingles blow off, gutters collapse or fill with leaves and debris. Mortar between bricks crumbles and disappears.
All this, never mind out-dated plumbing, and carpet, and flooring, and appliances …well, it is overwhelming. It is hard to believe it could get worse! Until the water meter in the basement broke a leak and filled the basement with water – in the middle of the night, of course. Now all the damaged walls, supports, etc. have to be cut away and cleaned up and replaced. Quite a situation.
The fix? Brick pointing, spot roofing, gutters cleaned and replaced, and re-plastering, painting, etc. Now all the damaged walls, supports, etc. have to be cut away and cleaned up and replaced.
It is a dedicated but small congregation, and we are ready to do what we can and pray that God will provide the rest.