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Answered Prayer

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Sixteen months ago, I sat in a meeting with about 8 pastors and the leader asked each one of us to dream a bit about what we would like to see accomplished in ministry that year. Some mentioned spiritual growth, knowing God’s plans for the future etc.  When my turn came, I spoke about three church sites in the Dominican which were under construction or in need of construction to be completed. Recently in his time God has answered prayers. While none of the three sites are or will soon be complete, significant progress has been made.

Hatico Mao church has struggled for many years but had reached the point where more space, a more secure structure and a more attractive entrance which was not directly on the side walk were necessary, in fact overdue. Work began to enable the church to move his front door back from the sidewalk, and to make the building wider and longer.  The walls of the new structure would be concrete block and the windows aluminum, thus making the building much more secure against damage and theft.  The walls are up but the extended space needs roofing and the doors and windows are yet to be put in. Pastor Gladys reminds us that God works in His perfect timing.

In Maizal, a concrete roof has been poured and a stairway to the roof level is in place. There is still much work to be done here but praise God for the generous efforts of a church in Ontario, there is a roof and services can continue when there is rain.  I remember standing with plastic lawn chairs being held over my head during a baby dedication service.

Navas has also been able to lay the concrete floor for its new sanctuary. Reaching this stage has been a great encouragement for the congregation.  God does answer prayer and we continue to pray for the resources to advance or finish each sanctuary.

In His Time

Over the last two weeks, I have received many photos and videos of construction work in three sites in the Dominican Republic.  First from Navas, where God held back the rain and the concrete floor of a sanctuary in construction was poured.

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Then Pastor Ana wrote “God is blessing a great way, all in His time.  A “raise the roof” campaign in a church in Ontario raised enough to put the concrete roof on the church Ana pastors in Maizal. The posts and wood to support the cement until it dries are in place; rebar has been purchased and gravel delivered.

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Then more pictures came of another site where concrete walls will replace the existing wood walls and the sanctuary will be larger and a new front will be built setting the temple back from the sidewalk edge. Pastor Gladys wrote “God has been good, his faithfulness is forever. What he promises, he completes in his time.”

God has answered prayers and people will have places to worship where the congregation will fit and a roof will protect people from rain.  I am excited that in God’s time – hopefully April – I will see how much God has accomplished at these sites.