A growing congregation in Haiti has been meeting between shipping containers.
With your help, we can provide a new building for them to gather!
What began as a small gathering of a few people who live near the All God’s Children Orphanage in Mirebalais, has grown into a faithful congregation that gathers every Sunday. To accommodate the growth, the church has constructed a roof between two shipping containers and used a third shipping container as the stage/backstage area.
For those of you who have traveled to Haiti with us, you are familiar with this structure. It is used for church, school chapel, revival services, community outreach and more. Our teams have used the structure as a work area to build church and school benches. Many other teams have hosted VBS and medical clinics here as well.
As this church community continues to grow, many people stand inside the perimeter of the church every Sunday, while others remain in the hot sun, intent on listening to the word of the Lord. And there is no accounting for those who turn and walk away because there is a line outside. There simply is not enough space for the growing needs of this congregation.
Space is not the only challenge they are facing—security is another concern. The “Container Church,” as it is affectionately referred to, is located within the walls of the All God’s Children Orphanage. The orphanage has a security staff dedicated to keeping the kids safe. On a busy Sunday, however, the security team is unable to keep track of each of these guests as they enter, which puts the children at risk.
The message here is clear: The people need a new church building.
The local committee, under the guidance of Pastor Yves Prophete, has considered many factors in planning a solution, including the following:
- Land optimization. Many of you may know that the land owned by GVCM in this area is limited and must be carefully plotted for maximum optimization.
- Walking distance. Pastor Yves and the orphanage staff would like the children to be able to walk to their new church.
- Road proximity. They would also like the church to be located near a main road to invite more people in to share the words of Jesus.
For big celebrations, the church has used a tent in a field just outside the walls of the orphanage to accommodate larger audiences. Not only is this location within a two-minute walk from the orphanage, it is relatively flat for building purposes.
Theo Prophete, our good friend and architect, has designed a one-level building with a metal roof that will allow this faithful church community to grow.
The new building will also enable the community to host pastor training, Sunday School classes and other community events. In this area, the organization with the nicest building is chosen to host weddings, funerals, Town Hall meetings and other civic events. We would like to ensure that the local witch doctors are not selected.
The estimated cost of this new building is $375,000. No matter how much you give—a little or a lot—100% of the funds you donate to this vital project go directly to this project.