In June we completed the first phase of the church construction in the village of Dos Quebradas. It raised up the 4 walls and put on the tin roof to allow the people a place to hold their meetings under cover. They had been meeting in the corridor of the pastor’s house, which is very tiny and also unprotected from the rains that are now coming. The people have dug holes inside the building and placed leftover pieces of wood in the dirt and have pieces of rustic half limbs nailed to top of these, to provide “seating” for their church services. We want to complete this project. The next phase will be to do plastering, put in a platform and floor, install windows, doors and electricity and provide some pews. We need about $6500 to complete this project.
It was so nice to see the work resume again on the Camotan church building project, after sitting idle over 7 months. Our Guatemalan workers started working the very end of September to be ready for the team that came in October. One of the team members has contributed toward the funding of the construction, along with other donors. They will be pouring the cement roof over what will be the platform of the sanctuary. There will be children’s rooms above this so it serves as both the ceiling over the platform and the floor of the children’s area. 18 people started work at 4am to pour bucket after bucket of cement to get this job done; including the team members, youth from the Camotan children and our Guatemalan workers. We continue to look for construction teams that want to come down to continue on with the work or to make donations so that our Guatemalan crew can keep the project moving forward. We ask for your prayers to have God make the provision to see this project to be completed. We continue to look for funding for both of the above projects. Please stand with us in prayer for the finances to come in. We are also looking for teams to come down to assist with any of these projects. Please let us know if you are interested in forming a team or connecting with one that is being planned. You can communicate with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church in Marimba has been working in another “campo”, what they call new areas where they are trying to raise up new works. It is in the village of Naranjo, which is way up in the mountains. It is a 2 hour walk for them from Marimba. They have 18 adults that are attending their meetings plus children. We try to get a group up to a minimum of 25 and make sure that they are faithful and committed; in their attendance, in their giving and other areas of their spiritual walks. At that point we start looking for a piece of property and start working toward the construction of a church building for the people and to look for someone who can oversee the work. Marimba is the church that started the work in the villages of Ocumbla and Dos Quebradas, which led us to plant churches there. Pray for the people of Naranjo, as they grow in numbers and spiritual growth to become a formal work under Servant Ministries.
Surrounding the towns of Camotan and Jocotan, there are around 150 different mountain villages. Only a handful of these villages have an evangelical church. Due to distance and rough roads some of these villages are very hard to travel to and during the rainy season are sometimes impossible to reach. Many people never travel out of their own village and that means there is a need to take Jesus to them.
The vision of Servant Ministries is to have an evangelical witness in every village. That's a BIG vision!!! But we serve a BIG God!!!
The first step in building a church is to first establish a Christian witness in that particular village. This is done through door-to-door evangelism. When there is an interest shown, a place is found to start a small meeting. After the people have had a time to grow in the Word and in their Christian walk, then a formal church building is planned.
Servant Ministries has to first raise the funds to build and then find the laborers to do the construction. Often times it becomes a cooperative effort between mission teams and nationals to complete the construction. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to provide all that is needed to bring His presence into these remote villages!
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