Building Progress

2015-05-20 Wed 011Who would have ever thought that in only one week a work team composed of four men and six ladies would be able to:

  • fill four 15″ x 15″ columns in only three hours?
  • raise one-and-a-half exterior block walls?
  • demolish 15″ thick brick walls?
  • eat 100 pounds of steak?

This wonderful group of folks that God obviously brought together from Faith Baptist Church did all that and more! They made a positive impact on our church people as they interacted throughout the week on the job site, at church and in their homes. We are very thankful for their hard work and sweet spirits.

2015-05-23 Sat 023

Faith Baptist Church Building Together team

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Now that three exterior walls are raised, the next step is to pour the five remaining columns, and then begin the huge task of pouring 23 cubic yards of concrete for the support beam on top of the three walls. Lord willing, all that will be done by the first of August so we’ll be ready to raise the roof! The quote for the roof is $31,000. Pray we could get a tax exemption to reduce the total by $6,000. (Yes, sales tax is 21% here!)

Beyond that, we will need $3,500 for the windows. Pray God will continue to supply the funds and labor necessary to complete these tasks. Also, pray for wisdom in balancing pastoral ministry and construction.

Renovation Realities II

August 10 we had our first service in the new building. The Lord blessed with a full house those first two weeks! So, out came the sledgehammers again! We took out a bathroom and the office to fit 30 more chairs. We now have a little more elbow room.  (Click here for current pictures.)

2014-08-31 IBIP 006

The next steps are to get plans drawn and approved, plus the foundation poured. However, we have a unique opportunity to purchase a dismantled steel building. This structure would allow us to erect a two-story-high roof over the construction site. We are currently negotiating the purchase price and are estimating a cost between $8,000 and $12,000 for the purchase and transport to our property. We currently have $5,000 to use toward this project! Please pray that the Lord would lead and provide for this next phase.

After that, we would like to host mission teams to work on the new building in early 2015. Of course, you don’t have to be on a team–we welcome help at any time and at any stage of the project!

mission trip