We are pleased to present you with the most recent construction update from your church plant, Centro Cristian de Catacocha, in Ecuador.
Seven parents of Compassion children were hired to help with the construction of a new daughter church and child development center. They poured the concrete foundation, and are currently building the walls of the classroom, the dining room and the bathrooms. The next phase of construction will be to finish building the classrooms, dining room and kitchen, as well as erect the metal columns so the roof can be placed.
During weekends, Pastor Byron Gonzáles organizes community work with 30 parents to clean up around the site, picking up garbage and scrap wood.
Currently 60 adults and 30 children attend the church. In the last 60 days, eight people gave their life to Christ.
Each month, the church conducts a parenting school in which 35 to 40 parents attend. Pastor Gonzáles discusses parenting issues such avoiding abuse and mistreatment, and how to talk about sexuality with children. Parents have said that, through the Word, they have better relationships and have learned how to communicate better by avoiding physical and psychological abuse.
Testimony of Impact
“The parents are very happy because in this place there are no Christian churches, and this construction is quite anticipated. They thank God because they will have a (church) of their own. … The people of the community are excited about the construction and were asking about it when registering their children (into the Compassion programs). Now that they know that we will take care of their children, they are very interested in the progress being made.”
– Pastor Byron González
Prayer Requests and Praises
Pastor González requests the following prayers:
- Pray for the families of the children of this center, that they all get to know Jesus Christ.
- Pray for those who work in Catacocha, that God gives them strength and more freedom to preach the gospel in the community.
“As pastor, I thank the donors who support us in the construction of the temple,” says Pastor González. “The Church of Catacocha is a dream because 15 years have elapsed without having the possibility of building, and this door has been opened thanks to you and will be a blessing, as there is no Christian temple in this community. Therefore, it will be the only Christian church. We hope that (the donors) can join us in December at the inauguration so that they can witness their well-invested resources in the work of God.”