Monthly Archives: November 2010

Chalk Talk Creation

Each chalk talk takes a lot of preparation.  First, a basic plan is made.  

The basic plan and rough draft being created

Then a rough drawing is made.  This is the rough drawing for … a new one!

The Shepherds' Story (rough draft)

Finally, we get to the easel and draw it out.  It generally gets a few minor changes after that.  This is the new chalk talk we created.  It is called… well, we don’t exactly have an official name for it yet.  Its main theme is shepherds, starting with the Christmas shepherds (Luke 2).

The Shepherds' Story (first edition)

 Whenever we have some presentations coming up, preparation time comes.  We have to start by finding a day that works for everyone, and when we can have the basement all to ourselves for a few days.  Preparation makes a lot of dust, so we have to evacuate everything and everyone from the basement and cover what cannot be evacuated.  Generally, we do about four to six backgrounds at the same time.  Once the backgrounds are complete, the blacklight image is drawn in.  This has to be done after dark so that we can see what we are doing.  (That’s not hard to achieve at this time of year: the sun sets at 4 PM.)  When all that is complete (generally about two days after the initial setup), everything gets hair-sprayed to keep the picture from rubbing off or smearing during transport. 

Drawing in the background hairspraying - notice the rolled-up pictures on the right.

 Oh, and then there is one more step. Laughing

The job's not done 'till the cleanup's done!

The cleanup!

 When it actually comes time to do the presentation, we try to arrive about an hour or two earlier than the official beginning time.  This is to leave time to set up when there aren’t too many people around.  It also leaves time for us to deal with technical difficulties, such as light bulbs breaking or simply not working, wire nuts falling off, outlets that don’t seem to work, bolts missing, easel legs being mixed up, and dimmers breaking in the “off” position.  I’ve probably missed a few, but these have all really happened to us.  In case you are wondering, the dimmer wasn’t too hard to fix: all we had to do was open up our control box, undo half a dozen wire nuts, crack the dimmer casing to open it, unscrew the nut holding it together, find the switch, flip it to the “on” position, and then put it all back together!  This is partly why we always try to have someone praying for each presentation we do.  Of course, the main thing for which to pray is that souls would respond to the message of salvation and turn to the Saviour.

Setup more setup Slight technical difficulties

Another important part of our team is Nathanael, our sound technician.  He takes care of all the preparation of background music and sees that the speaker can be appropriately amplified so that all can hear the message, even those who may be somewhat hard of hearing.

Our sound technician
Drawing lighting effects

After dozens (or even hundreds) of hours of preparation, the final presentation may take only 15 to 30 minutes.  We have found, however, that people remember these presentations for years afterwards, and our prayer is that the message may be received and impact lives for eternity.

Recent construction

It has been some time since we did an update on the construction that has taken place around here.  As normal, that is not because nothing has been happening.Smile It seems that joining the extension to the existing house is the longest part of building an extension.

Once the floor was finished, we still had to put the sill in that makes the join between the old house floor and the extension floor.  Daddy did most of this touchy work.  He started by taking a circular saw to the floor (not something I would have like to do!) to make the hole the right size.  He was also the one who had all the patience to plane down the rough-cut boards until they were smooth – by hand, not with an electric planer!  He then cut them to size, sanded them, and made a rabbet on the bottom and a chamfer along both sides on the top.   Finally, he inserted the glue and lowered the sill into place.

Cutting the floor to size Glueing the sill in place Placing the sill

We have also finally finished the window sills.  We realised that with sills that wide someone was sure to sit on them some day, so we decided to make them fairly sturdy.  They still aren’t specifically designed as seats, but if someone does sit on the window sill, they should stand up to it.  (And they should stand up too. Laughing)

Glueing Nailing

You may notice in the above pictures that the baseboards are yet to be installed.  Once these are installed, as well as the door frames, mouldings and bathroom door, I think the big room will be complete!  Today, the baseboards, door frames, and mouldings are being stained and varnished.

varnishing baseboards

The bathroom is looking better and better.  The wall switches have been installed.  Now the wall tiles are being installed.  It is not as easy to keep tiles on the wall as on the floor, but they are smaller tiles, so that helps.

Bathroom wall tiles


Psalm 95:3 “For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”