We built a new store room at the ministry center. We lost my pet monkey, Pancha, after having her for 20 years. I decided to utilize her cage and do a makeover to it. It was closed in and had cement shelves made on two sides. This will be utilized by the Embrace program to store their food. We purchase food once a month and yet the five monthly meetings are spread out over three Saturdays and this will make the storage of everything much more accessible than where it had been kept before.
We also got our team dorms painted and ready for up-coming teams. We continue to try to give a face lift to the facilities here at the ministry center.
Over the years, our churches get painted; either by the churches themselves or by in-coming teams. Some of our church signs have been painted over; leaving us basically as nameless churches😊! Others have been painted around the existing sign with new paint but leaving the actual signs very old and not very nice looking. Pastor Armando is working with us to be able to put new signs on all but a couple of our churches, which don’t need it. He has already completed the signs in Agua Zarca and in Tular and will be continuing on with others. It is taking him two days at each site and requires an over night stay. We appreciate his willingness to do this because we have priced it with a professional painter and the cost was astronomical; with them using a vehicle to go up etc. Pastor Armando is just taking public transportation and it is really helping to economize things. We are buying all of the supplies and giving him a love offering for each sign so he will receive a blessing through this as well.
The church people have really invested into getting the property ready for construction. They brought in a machine to move a lot of dirt. I went up with a couple of my pastors, the construction foreman and one of the pastors that will be participating in this project. We talked with the church people and came to an agreement on what more needs to be done to best utilize this piece of property and the village church group will do their part to have it ready by the beginning of January. I have people in Georgia and Michigan that are putting together teams and planning to come in March 2019 to do the actual construction for a new church building in this village. We are currently fundraising to cover the cost of construction and we need another $7500 approximately. Please let us know if you are either interested in coming with this March team or would like to help cover the cost of the project.
The expansion project for enlarging our building for the Marimba village congregation was completed. There was a little bit of work to be completed after our October team was here and our Guatemalan workers finished that off. The church is now raising funds to try to paint the completed building; that will really show off the whole building as it now stands. We had a little money left over from the project and we will let the church put that towards the purchase of paint. I commended the pastor on how well he did in having his members participate in the construction project and what it meant to the team to see their involvement and how it impacted them to have both cultures work side by side. This church body now has room for future growth and we rejoice with them for a larger facility to handle the people.