Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Willing hearts and Helping Hands

Existing church

Since November 2013 we have been helping an existing church in Baeza. This connection began as a mutual encouragement. Dan has been sharing the preaching and teaching of God's word with Wilmer, the elder in charge. I have been helping with the ladies' and the children's ministry. One goal the church has is to replace the existing wooden building with a new larger church building made of cement. The property also has facilities that were used for an elementary school which closed last year for various reasons. 
School facilities
Friends from Maine
 The condition of the school facilities gave the appearance of an abandoned facility and many of the town's people thought the church closed along with the school. The goal is to enhance the appearance of the existing facilities and then relocate the church temporarily to the school dining hall while the new church is being built. In July, a team from Tennessee painted the now fellowship hall, which was the first step in making improvements. Mid-August we welcomed old and new friends from Maine to continue the project. The group representing three Maine churches worked hard to do a tremendous amount of cleaning, get most of the exterior painted and painted two rooms inside also. A church member did some cement work and added ceramic tile to the lower part of the wall where church will be held.
The New Look
We are very grateful for those willing to leave the comforts of home to help overseas in the needy areas of Borja and Baeza. We are equally appreciative of those who sacrificed hard earned dollars and gave to send people to help. Much work was accomplished and fellowship was sweet. Please be praying God will stir up the people of the local church to finish what has been started.


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