In my Junior year at Eastern Washington University I was a pledge for a fraternity.  We were pledges for all of that Fall quarter.  Every two weeks or so, the members would hold a secret vote as to whether or not one pledge or another should be eliminated from consideration for membership.  My Pledgemaster, a man named Matt, sat me down one afternoon to tell me that I needed to show the members of the House more respect, that I had done some specific things to anger certain people.  I glibly replied that he need not worry about it, that I was well liked and that I was certain I had not offended anyone.  I did not find out until months later that I had been one vote away from being kicked out of the House for good.

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On my crew I have a man who does not take instruction from me.  I will go to any length to explain what it is that I want done, and how I want it done.  Consistently I can count on this man to go his own way.   I have explained that I need him to listen more closely to what I say, to which he nods and offers an “I know, I know,” response.  He is one vote away…and I can not seem to communicate this to him.  I fear that he will disregard an instruction which will result either in the injury of a person or damage to the church property.  It may be time to cast that vote and to end my anxiety about having him around.

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The concrete floor which we poured on Friday is very nice.  My crew and I spent the day doing some miscellaneous concrete prep work and some light excavation around the existing adjacent cafe building.  Pastor Scott from Illinois came by to lend a hand for a few hours.  We are ready to begin installing the steel superstructure for the building.  Tomorrow I plan to discuss how this is done with Sajmir and some other specialists.  Steel construction is not something I have a great deal of experience with.  Washington State is tree country, and wood construction is the most common type.  I am looking forward to seeing how steel is erected here.

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In two weeks, my time here will be at an end.  God is moving in my life and throughout the world in exciting ways.  I am honored to be a part of His plan.