BUILDING FOR THE KINGDOM
The construction part of ministry is not always glamorous, in fact it is just plain hard work, especially when you are talking about the heat and humidity of a tropical climate. The logistics of getting materials where we need them and the manpower to do the work is always a challenge, but God has always helped us accomplish the project. We have been blessed with many great teams from the churches in the U.S. who have sacrificed time and money to come down and help us get these buildings built for the Kingdom of God. Words cannot begin to express our gratitude for their labors.
The vision of the M.E.T.A. Project is that we will begin by planting a church in the capital of every municipality within the states of Amazonas and Delta Amacuro. Right now in these two states we have 9 municipalities that do not have a church in them. Each church represents a building. Within the next 4 years we want to build 3 of those churches. We have missionaries in place to do the work of the ministry but they need a building for the church to meet in. We currently have a budget of $20,000.00 per building just to put in a floor with four walls and a metal roof.
MISSIONS BASE DELTA AMACURO
We already have a place in the state of Amazonas where the missionaries can stay when they need to come out of the villages to buy supplies, get medical help and rest. We want to do the same thing in Delta Amacuro for the missionaries there. No we do not currently have full time missionaries in place in Delta Amacuro, but we want to prepare for what is coming. One of the reasons that the work in Curiapo was abandoned was that the missionaries who lived there felt abandoned. They were working in the area with no real support group or backing and discouragement set in. We do not want that to happen to future missionaries. We do have people who are willing to travel in and out of Curiapo, the town where we want to build the missions base, to maintain the building and oversee things until permanent missionaries arrive. At this time, this base will serve as a training center and church building. We have placed a price of $50,000.00 on this building for now to get at least one floor built and a foundation for more.
The missions base in Amazonas is a great blessing, but we have one problem, there is no water to the building. When we purchased the property there was sporadic water service with little pressure. Time has brought this situation to a critical point as we have no water at all. We have attempted to drill a well 3 times in different parts of the property, using manual labor. Each time we hit water at about 60 feet but it is always just a trickle of water and we always hit solid rock at that depth as well. We need to drill through the rock. There is technology and equipment in the area to do this, but it is expensive. We are looking at about $20,000.00 to get water from the other side of the rock.