Builders Weekly: The Journey of a Gifted Leader

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Rapid growth was the result when Life Change Church purchased property and a large crusade tent, six years ago!

Pastor Dario Mateo, a gifted church and community leader in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic, has been the pastor of Life Change Church for 15 years. When he initially came to the church, the attendance was averaging around 200.

They now have 2,000 members (and 500 children) in attendance each week! There is not a building in the country with that capacity!

The ministries and programs, which are fully funded by the local church, are making a difference in this community! Miracles take place each week, and Pastor Mateo baptizes 400 new believers at a time every few months!

Unfortunately, the used tent they purchased in 2012 is beginning to experience wear-and-tear. Also, the congregation is in need of more space for worship, as they are currently holding dual services on Sundays.

unnamed (3)Pastor Mateo has the vision to raise up ministers and missionaries who will be sent around the world!

These combined factors have served to increase the faith needed to purchase land, obtain a design, and get construction underway. Further, plans are to acquire land connected to the church property and build a training center with dormitories.

The goal of this project is to give Life Change Church adequate space to continue this pattern of growth up to 5,000 people.

The church has already raised nearly 40% of the total construction funds, which is a testament of their dedication to this project…their church…their community…their country…the world…the gospel!

You can be a part of this exciting momentum! You can lead a team or join a team heading out to BUILD HOPE in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic!

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For help or insight on coordinating a team feel free to call me!

Builder for Life,

Jim Wellborn

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Recovering from Ruin

unnamedunnamedHurricane Irma ravaged several Caribbean island nations last September, including the British Virgin Islands.

Builders International and Convoy of Hope will join efforts in some long-term recovery work to rebuild throughout communities of the British Virgin Islands.

Builders Director Ryan Moore visited the site a few weeks ago, along with some of the Builders’ design and construction team, David Damron, Chris Blackard, and Dale Williams. They witnessed first-hand the utter wreckage on these islands.

The huge amount of damage and destruction still so evident was a surprise. It is certainly time to rebuild!

Builders and Convoy will collaborate together to rebuild a school on one of the main islands, Jost Van Dyke, which encountered complete devastation.

It is an honor to have the opportunity to help rebuild this school…and make it better than ever!

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Builder for Life,

Jim Wellborn

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A Rusty Old Gate…

unnamedBuilders International missionary, Jeremy Godwin, recounts his trip to Haiti last week where he led 50 youth from Florida.

Our days are numbered and with it are numbered opportunities to do something significant! I always thought the most significant thing we could ever do is to leave something for the next generation that will impact generations to come.

However, a moment with fifty students in the sweltering heat of Haiti surrounded by hundreds of Haitian children and a rusty old gate in need of repainting, and that paradigm began to shift.

It’s not just what we do for the next generation that matters; it is also what we do with them that makes the greatest significance.

An incredible week of ministry with these students/team members was coming to an end. They had painted a school, constructed concrete bathrooms, and successfully ran a phenomenal kids program. Despite all that, as the minutes were ticking away, the entrance gate still looked atrocious!

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A team of young girls with no previous painting skills suddenly jumped at the opportunity to make the first and last thing the children see as they enter and leave the school look special, just like the students who attend the school!

The only problem was they couldn’t reach the top, and there were no ladders. With a get-it-done attitude, we came up with a way to fix the problem. Then for the next twenty minutes, a young team member stood on top of my shoulders where she put half the paint on the metal gate (while the other half dropped on my head!)

As we worked together, my thoughts went back to a prayer that I had prayed more times than I could count.

“Lord, let my shoulders be the ones that the next generation can stand on to reach more than I could ever do on my own!”

 

The most significant thing we could ever do around the world is build places where people find hope alongside the next generation!

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Building Hope,

Jim & Linda Wellborn

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Have You Seen This Bright Blue Vessel?!

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If you happened to journey deep into the heart of the Brazilian jungle last week, you might have found a bright blue river boat gliding along the Amazon River! If you spotted this vessel, you also would have found 20 “willing vessels” on board, where they lived together for a week while working hard to build a church along the banks of this massive river.

Builders International missionary, Tom Moore, led this team and recounted their journey down the river:

“Our recent trip down the Amazon River in Brazil began with team members gathering at the departure gate in Miami to meet each other before our flight to Manaus, Brazil.

For some of the team members, this was their first construction missions trip. However, several had been on many construction missions trips throughout their lifetime!

Why would these team members give so much of their personal time and finances to make another trip like this? What motivates someone to make these kinds of sacrifices year after year?

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Yes, it was on the Amazon River, but the work was hard. Most days it was very hot and several times we were all soaked by the tropical rain. There were no guided fishing trips with great photo ops. The food was adequate but nothing like a five-star restaurant.

Every person came for the same reason. To build a church for the purpose of spreading the gospel! The building we worked on will be a place where people can belong for years to come. Where hurting people can find hope. Men who are facing problems they cannot solve will find hope. Women who are struggling to deal with the hardships of daily life will find hope. Children trying to find their place in the world and deal with personal fears will find hope.

We did not build an ordinary structure. Yes, it is made of ordinary cement, block, steel, and roofing but it is so much more than that. We built a place where people can find hope, no matter what kind of problem they are facing.

When we said our goodbyes, boarded the boat for the last time, and headed up the river that we called home for a week…we all knew we were not only leaving behind a beautiful country called Brazil, but we were leaving behind a lasting legacy of life where hope can now be found!”

Jim & Linda Wellborn

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That Kind of Place!

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Everyone deserves a place to belong!
The Santiago Children’s Ministries Outreach Center is a giant step toward achieving that kind of place for Santiago’s spiritually-impoverished children and adults.
This ministry continues to exist to meet the spiritual needs of the children in this city of 7,000,000 souls.
Nearly 70% of children are born outside of marriage, growing up to face the temptations of involvement in drugs, gangs, and other high-risk situations.
Their purpose is to direct those young lives in a way that will change the outlook of their present-day, as well as their eternity.
What was started as a ministry to children off the streets quickly gained the attention of their parents, which turned into a church that now ministers to entire families!
Three phases will make up the campus: Phase One is nearing completion of its 3-story, multipurpose building, consisting of a sanctuary and cafeteria.
Glory to God, the first service was recently held in the new sanctuary!
Phase Two is a 3-story, elementary school for pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. Phase Three will be an athletic field, and will include a 20-bay parking garage.
An awesome team from Evangel Church in Bismarck, North Dakota recently returned from an exciting week-long trip, putting the finishing touches on Phase One!
You can take a team to help with the work in Chile too! Check out our website for all the information.

Building Hope,

Jim & Linda Wellborn

Mobile: 417-860-8401

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A Life-Changing Opportunity Awaits

Over the decades I’ve spent leading students on their first missions trip, the one phrase I’ve heard over and over again is, “My life will never be the same.”

As a part of my job at Builders International, I now get the chance to connect church teams to these incredible opportunities that God is giving us to make a lasting impact in communities across the nation through our Project –based trips.

Screen Shot 2018-05-15 at 12.29.56 PMOur teams, not only get to share the love of Christ, but to work on projects, like churches, shelters, schools and community centers that will be in place for generations to come, if Jesus tarries.

Now we are providing team package services, which will simplify the process of connecting groups with these projects on a hands and feet level.

Be sure to click this link to review the materials, and feel free contact me via email or cell with any question you might have at the contact points listed below.

Summer is a great time of year to plan vacations that give back — let Builders help you and your church use that time to make an eternal difference!I guarantee, your life will never be the same.

Thank you for your prayers, financial and on the ground support as we build His Kingdom together!

I look forward to helping you!

Building Hope,

Jim & Linda Wellborn

Mobile: 417-860-8401

Twitter and Instagram @jimwellborn

Skype: jim.wellborn

For our Mobile Ministry updates text BUILDER to 95577

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Miraculous Building for Life Moment in Russia

Despite politics, God has given His people favor in Russia!  The local government of Naberezhnye Chelny in the primarily Muslim Tatar region, was moved to donate 2 acres of choice property on a major intersection to a missionary team from the Ukraine, to build a ministry center.  Incredibly, the government went so far as to provide building plans and permits at no cost!

The planned project is for a 1,000-seat ministry center which will be a regional gathering place for the 32 churches that have been planted.  The only stipulation is that the construction project MUST be completed no later than May 31, 2019.

Our burden for Russia began in 1993 when the National Youth Department received an invitation to conduct youth camps for Russian youth.  I was blessed to lead a team of young high school students, who, through ministry and friendship, led hundreds of young Russians to a faith in Christ.  The people of Russia are hungry for and responsive to the gospel message.

While opportunity exists, our evangelistic efforts are not without challenge.  Occasionally harassment and persecution have forced teams to leave, but God continues to give us favor.  In the past four months, two Russian courts have heard charges against the church.  One case demanded the liquidation of the church.  By God’s providence, the judged ruled in favor of the church and declared that the church does have a right to exist–a permanent right—and that harassment must stop!

Builders International has an opportunity to literally help steer this Tatar region of Russia into a rebirth, into an acceptance of the gospel.  You can be a part of this incredible miracle.

Prayer has always been the underpinnings of missions.  A 24/7 prayer ministry has and will be a continued focus of this church with an octagon prayer center as part of the planned construction.  Will you join with us in prayer?

With strict government restrictions, Builders teams are not permitted to enter the country to do the actual construction.  However, We can provide wages to hire Russians to work for $125 per week or $500 per month.  Will you prayerfully consider contributing to this opportunity to fulfill God’s great commission?

Thank you for your prayers and financial support as God stirs your heart with compassion for Russia.

Jim & Linda Wellborn

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Thousands live in the many apartments in high rises within walking distance of Good News Church! More than laying bricks, this project is reaching new people!