Columbia Community Church, we are pleased to bring you an update from your church plant in Guatemala. Thank you for your patience as reporting was delayed due to the pandemic. This update contains photos of construction progress and church activities. Your generous support of this new congregation is bringing hope to families living in extreme poverty.
The church is happy to report that despite the construction delays related to the national lockdown, they have made substantial progress. Six classrooms are being built to serve local children and the community.
Currently 60 adults and 40 children attend the church. Workers have resumed the construction after pausing for the lockdown. Church members have volunteered labor to expedite the construction.
Workers were surprised to discover that the soil was very rocky. They have to break up rock in order to build the foundation of the sanctuary.
Although Guatemala has high rates of COVID-19 infection, the church is thankful that the virus hasn’t reached their community, which has helped them to continue the construction. When a national lockdown was ordered, work stopped and has now safely resumed.
Workers plan to map out the kitchen and bathrooms and then begin construction of those two areas.
Testimony of Impact
The church met with families in the community to determine which children were eligible to register at the Compassion center. Church staff had the opportunity to see the great needs in the community. Staff members realized that often the church doesn’t invest the necessary time to help families in need of spiritual, emotional and material support.
Praises and Prayer Requests
Please pray for families to receive Christ, especially the families of children who will be attending the child development center. Pray for the church to be protected by God and be rewarded for all their hard work in the construction process. The church reports that God has provided all of their needs and families have shared food with the construction workers.