Thanks to the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches, we have the honor of presenting this completion report from your church plant, Emanuel Church Turbito in Turbot, Montero, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. We hope you have been as moved and inspired as we have throughout this process, as a new house of worship and child development center have risen from bare ground. We are humbled to know we have played a role in your ministry to make an eternal impact on this generation of children and their families as well as many generations to come. May God bless you as you have blessed the Turbot community!
For this intervention, which started in April of 2018, structural work was completed within six months, as noted in the October 2018 report, with the fine work starting in November 2018. This included finishing work in the church sanctuary, the four classrooms, the kitchen and four restrooms. The fine work was expected to be finished by December.
In November, the porcelain tile was placed in the church, and the walls were painted. The classroom walls also were painted, and the windows and doors were placed. It was hard work because the church members and leadership wanted all the work to be completed by December. This goal was largely accomplished on time, and the official inauguration of the church facilities took place on Dec. 16.
For the inauguration of this church, the leaders invited the pastors and members of the mother church, the members of the daughter church, the child development center staff, Compassion’s partnership facilitator and, most important, the families of the community. It was a great day of inauguration in which there were many people who came to pray that the church would be a place for many families to congregate in Jesus’ name.
The inauguration program included the history and step-by-step photos of the daughter church from its inception. This new daughter church was baptized as Emanuel Church. Recognition plaques were presented to the workers responsible for each area of construction. They all did a good job in their assigned tasks.
When the program was completed, we had a special time of dedication prayer for the new church to serve the community. The church members, the leadership of both churches, and the representatives of Compassion Bolivia all prayed together for the new construction and to express their thanks for God’s care during the process. Finally, the members of the daughter church prepared a meal to share with all the invited guests, and they had communion after the thanksgiving service.
Pastor’s Testimony of Impact
We thank God for the support we received from everyone who has been involved in this process. There are no words to thank everyone who made this possible for our children.
It is now our responsibility to keep sharing about the gospel of Jesus Christ and to reach families with the salvation message in our community. God is already bringing families to our new church!
– Rev. Roberto Torrez,
pastor of Emanuel Church
Child Development Center Launch
After the official inauguration, the activities with children and parents continued, and by the end of February 2019, there were 75 new families who heard about the gospel. Out of these 75 families, 45 are learning more about Jesus in the church facilities as they bring their children to the center and attend parent meetings.
New families were exposed to the gospel through tutors’ visits to homes of newly registered families. In total, tutors made 100 visits between October 2018 and February 2019.
When the proposal was made for Emanuel Church, the goal was 147 registered beneficiaries. Now that the implementation time has concluded, there are 262 registered beneficiary children.
Now, all the beneficiaries are participating in the holistic, biblical program at their new center.
Eight-year-old beneficiary Ana lives with her mother and brother. She was registered before the building was completed.
What was your life like before the project began?
My mom and I got here some months after my dad abandoned us, and we used to live in one room. One day my tutor came to visit us, and she shared about God. She was very kind, and some time later she invited us to church and told us that I could participate in a program that was in church.
Back then there was no church, and we had meetings under a tree. There were other kids like me. We played games and they taught about the Bible.
One day, they invited us to the other church [the mother church] but it was very far away from my house. But now we have a church here, and the church is beautiful!
How has your life changed now that this project is complete?
I am very happy because we have a church. My friends and I like to play together and we do our homework together. My mom takes me to the church on Sundays, too.
What will this change mean for your future or the future of your family?
This church will receive many families. I am praying for my uncles and aunts and for my dad, too, that he someday can come to church and come back to our family.
What lessons have you learned from this project?
I learned that God created all things, that Jesus loves us and that He died one day, but because of His love, He rose again and that He did that to save my mom and me and everyone, too.
What would you like to say to those who provided the financial support for this project?
Thank you so much! They told us how this church was built, and it is like a seed. We pray for you in our classrooms and thank God for you and for what you did for us. By the way, I like my classroom, too! It is very beautiful!
Objectives Achieved through Your Support
- General objective: By the 12th month, to evangelize and disciple 147 children from Paraíso area with biblical principles, so they will have a new lifestyle under the lordship of Christ.
- Achievement: 100% – In total, 262 beneficiary children listened to the gospel of salvation and are participating in the holistic program which will help them to develop a new lifestyle under the lordship of Christ.
- Specific objective 1: By the 10th month, to build a multipurpose hall of 590 square feet (180 square meters), four classrooms of 98 square feet (30 square meters), a kitchen and four restrooms (two for girls and two for boys) to welcome at least 147 children with complementary education based on Biblical principles.
- Achievement: 100% – The hall, classrooms, kitchen and restrooms were built and inaugurated in December 2018.
- Specific objective 2: By the 11th month, to share the gospel with 50 families; so they come to know Jesus and become church members.
- Achievement: 100% – There were 100 home visits from October 2018 to February 2019 – 75 families are coming to the church to learn more about Jesus and, we hope, will eventually become church members.
Director’s Testimony of Impact
This intervention has been a great blessing because our children needed a place where they receive support, help and, especially, have a place where they could learn about the Bible and develop holistically. Beneficiaries now participate of all the activities, and their parents are confident the church is here to help families. And the families are very thankful for all the blessings for their children.
With all the work that the church has been doing for children, and now with the new building, the church has become a community resource for family restoration. We are teaching about the Bible, and families are receiving Jesus as their savior as we continue working with them.
May God bless you all. With all my heart, I pray that God blesses your families. Do not be discouraged from helping other people and other churches because God will reward you in this life and in eternity.
– Samuel Valdivia,
child development center director
Photos of Progress