The task of building a new mission campus here in DRC was quite intimidating to us at first. Trusting that the Lord would provide, we sent out a call for help! We are grateful for all those who answered that call. One of them was Will Cunnington from British Columbia. He proved to be a steady worker, never complaining and always willing. During the six months he was here, we saw six buildings completed on our campus. Four staff houses, one garage and one storage building came into being. What a blessing!
In the fall of 2009, others came to help. Bob Gilmore from Nevada built the gates for our shop, assembled our trailer, built the metal security cages on our porches and on and on. Keith Christiansen who lives on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border provided expertise with plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and masonry, there didn’t seem to be anything that he couldn’t do. These men really brought our houses into existence.
Tim and Friedrich Rittenour and Jonathan Dietrich also made a significant contribution through their labor.
Today as I watched the final roof sheets going on our cafeteria, I was reminded of how many people helped behind the scenes. Friends back home bought tools and equipment that came on containers, helped with the design and shipping of steel frames for our campus buildings, and countless other tasks that have helped us. I cannot name them all, but we know their kind acts are recorded in Heaven.
Since December, we have been living on our campus. Thank you, Lord for sending people to answer our call. Soon, 30 One Day Churches will arrive to provide churches for the new congregations which our church planters have started. We need walls, windows, doors, and plumbing in our cafeteria, dorms, classroom and clinic. In short, we still desperately need short term or long term builders here. The call is still there. “Come Over and help Us!”