Exciting progress has been made at the church plant Iglesia Santidad Bo La Granja in La Paz, Honduras. Currently, the new church has 22 adults attending, along with 32 children. There have been four professions of faith in this church during the last two months.
We’re happy to announce that the construction of the church building is in its third phase. The main walls of the building have been raised. We praise the Lord because the construction schedule has not been interrupted, and we appreciate the support of all who are involved in it. La Granja community residents are anticipating with excitement the upcoming opening in a couple of months, and they’re stunned to see the construction’s progression.
Several challenges were experienced during construction, which would have impacted our construction budget if actions were not taken to manage the costs. When the masons were digging deep to make the church building foundation, they accidentally brought down the community health center wall. The health center wall had to be restored without hesitation. We also found that a larger-capacity well would be required to meet the needs of our projected child registration. In addition, a septic tank was added to the construction plan to function as a drainage system for waste water.
To address the budget situation, a meeting was called between staff members from Compassion Honduras and the Project Leadership, including pastors from the Mother and Daughter churches, the Project Director and two lay leaders. It was determined that with minor adjustments to the original building design, the church could bear the cost of the unforeseen work and the construction would proceed as projected.
According to our construction schedule we plan to finish the building flooring in the upcoming weeks. We hope to start the construction of the septic tank. We also expect to install the building’s front doors and windows. We’re so excited about it.
Pastor Norman and his wife Virginia have launched two prayer groups in La Granja community, and some of the residents have gotten involved. With the support from the mother church, they’re developing evangelistic campaigns in the whole community.
Pastor Norman’s testimony:
As a Pastor I feel blessed to see what God is already doing in the lives of adults and children through the prayer groups. I’m expectant to see how the upcoming child development center will bless the lives of children and their families. We bless the Living Hope Community Church members, we bless Pastor Steve and his family, and we bless the visitors that honored us with their visit last month. It was such a rewarding experience to share with them. We look forward to have them during the church opening, and to share with them along the way.
1. Pray for La Granja community residents. They have not only personal needs but spiritual as well; 2. Pray for Pastor Norman and his wife. Pray for the evangelistic work that they are developing; and, 3. Pray for the final phase of the building construction.
Church Building Construction Underway