Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guatemala - Parramos update related to the Construction Project

A significant part of the mission trip last May was to explore opportunities for Calvary to develop a partnership with a Church in Guatemala. We visited and discussed the possibilities with Pastor Samuel at Iglesia Bautista Nazareth, a church located in Parramos, Guatemala.  They shared with us an immediate need related to the Christian School in their church. There was great concern about keeping their accreditation which was due a review in the next few weeks.  If the construction of an upper classroom addition was not complete, the church school could lose its state accreditation.

Calvary and Lascassas Baptist together raised the funds to provide the resources for the completion of the addition. While on a mission trip to Guatemala in November where Jan taught at the Women's Conference and I taught an Introduction to Biblical Hebrew at the Seminary, we were able to visit Nazareth Baptist Church again and view the completed project.

On our most recent trip we discussed with Pastor Samuel further needs which include the construction of additional restroom facilities on the ground floor, as well as the possibility of scholarship programs for students and sponsorship of a school lunch program. We'll provide more information on these opportunities as things shape up.

The pictures below will give you a short summary of the school and the work completed.

The Nazareth Baptist Church in Parramos

Children in existing classroom
The block walls of the incomplete addition with rubble from construction.
Note there is only a partial ceiling.

The outer walkway looking into the construction area.
The completed walkway with door on left.
Completed classroom in second floor addition!