That Left a Mark

For Melanie Edwards, going back for her second trip to Haiti with Centerpointe Church felt like returning home. “We had such a great time conducting a VBS for the children of Canaan and helping with the construction on the new church,” Melanie reported. “God is moving in Haiti!”
Melanie shared what their team experienced as far as unexpected spiritual growth. “While we were in Haiti, riots broke out due to a spike in gas prices. While the news was scary, we learned what it meant to look to Christ in times of unrest.” 
The team was safe and well taken care of at the guest house during the time of rioting. She proclaimed, “God revealed his peace and we returned to America safely.”
Further, she declared, “But we know we’ll be returning. The people of Haiti left too big a mark for us not to go back!”

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The spiritual battle for the souls of the children and youth

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Screen Shot 2018-09-30 at 5.28.20 PM“HELP! We need a doctor! HELP! He’s going to die!”

Night after night those cries were heard as Nicaraguans found themselves in a desperate state of “every man for himself.”

Daily life has become difficult and dangerous, disrupting life for a population of six million people. Tens of thousands marching in the streets of the capital city of Managua in open rebellion against their government.

Neighborhoods became war zones. Gunshots, explosives, masked thugs robbing gas stations and grocery stores, served only to escalate the chaos!

Against this backdrop, Assemblies of God World Missions determined it was necessary to evacuate AGWM missionaries serving in Nicaragua, including Steve and Kim Sobey and their three children.

The Sobeys’ goal is to reach every child in Nicaragua with the Gospel, and then discipling them to become bold witnesses, declaring that Jesus saves and is coming soon!

 

However, even after having to temporarily give up their post in the country so dear to his family’s hearts, Steve Sobey is still hopeful.

He summarized their positive outlook:

“For years, we’ve been training an army of spiritual warriors; and we believe it is for a time like this that these things are happening.

Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but it is a spiritual battle for the souls of the children and youth of this nation. We believe the Lord is going to use this conflict to bring a great revival to Nicaragua, and to the world.”

36% of the Nicaraguan population is under fourteen years of age. The median age is twenty-one. One million of the country’s six-million population are in Managua.

This loss of law and order comes at a time when the ministry of King’s Castle has been flourishing. The Sobeys have prepared an established plan for evangelism among 4,000 of the youth in their city.

King’s Castle has already successfully trained and launched a total of nine nationals who have gone out as missionaries to other countries!

Steve shared, “This is a crisis that will affect the country for years to come. We are Screen Shot 2018-09-30 at 5.28.29 PMpraying for the Lord to open the floodgates of heaven to supply every need.”

Prior to the civil unrest, Builders International had already partnered with King’s Castle Ministries in Managua to expand their ministry and training center. This will become a place where these 4,000 youth belong…where they can learn, grow, and thrive!

YOU can be a vital part of building a place of hope, even now in the midst of civil unrest!

Resources will need to be ready and waiting as soon as these dedicated missionaries can safely return! Teams and funding are necessary to begin expanding once the Sobeys get settled back in Nicaragua.

The cost for progressing this portion of the vital ministry and training center toward completion is $50,000. This includes much-needed improvements, such as bathrooms, electrical, lighting, and plumbing, to make this facility functional.

You can build hope by providing $85, $250, $1500, or any amount to help ensure materials are in place as soon as we receive the go ahead!

Thank you for helping provide a place for the future missionaries of this beautiful country, who will be trained at this facility, then go out and impact the world!

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P.S. With as little as $85, you can help move this incredible ministry toward greater influence and effectiveness!

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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!

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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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A Rusty Old Gate…

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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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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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