living stones, and let yourselves be used in building the spiritual
temple... -1 Peter 2:5
The church is on the front line of development in our
villages. Once we have constructed a solid church building and
parsonage, other churches copy our construction style. Then the village
chief and business leaders are motivated to also adopt our
architecture. It is not simply a matter of having a place for the
people to worship and for the pastor and family to live, we are
demonstrating that we have a hope for the future of this place and
demonstrate that hope by construction that will last for many years.
This hope inspires others to join us in building the future together.
As our pastors plant their gardens, as we develop community fish ponds,
and start other local development projects, the church members do the
same. Other churches and their members begin to do the same. We begin
to fight hunger and establish food security and cooperation in the
community. As families begin to have surplus food production, they have
income for school fees, medicines, and other family expenses. As income
rises in the community, schools and other cooperative community
institutions can be established.
As the successes in one village are observed in one village, others
imitate it. Like dominoes the evils of despair, hunger, poverty, and
ignorance will fall across North Katanga, the Congo, and all of Africa.
Solid church buildings and parsonages are not simply construction, they
are the trumpet blasts of hope sounded by the United Methodist Church.
Our vision is for every village in North Katanga to have at least one
well-constructed United Methodist church and parsonage. We now have
over 100 well-constructed church and parsonages thanks to this
campaign. Because of the war, our progress has been slowed and some
buildings destroyed. Now is the time to build at full speed again--We
have hundreds to go!
Special Numbers for Construction Projects
Before and After