Well… this Sunday is the launching of the first Engasura Church Gathering. We have been very busy creating a place for the tent which will house our Engasura family till we erect a meeting house. We have been meeting every Wednesday in Margret’s house for over 6 months and all the neighbors have been waiting for this day.
So here is a pictorial post showing what we have been doing. Pray for us this Sunday that Christ will be lifted up and His people edified.
Engasura is located up in the mountains surrounding Nakuru and is very fertile farmland. Little shambas (farms) dot the mountainside. Located completely on a hillside, there are not many level places to build on so… if you want level… you have to create it.
Like the construction of StoneHouse Fellowship Nakuru, there are no power tools, bull dozers or transits… just a ton of hard work moving tons of dirt and eyeballing the surface, hoping it turns out level.
Then came the demolition of the mud house that served as a church building for 10 years. The members of this ‘church’ grew from four people to six over a period of ten years and drove Margret to almost giving up on believing in the Church.
She suffered patiently till one day she walked into StoneHouse Fellowship Nakuru. With tears she asked … “Can you bring this Life to Engasura?” This sweet woman of God is a faithful hard working disciple of Christ.
It took two days to take down the eight by twenty-four foot building. Upon finishing the demolition, the ‘church leader’ came by and demanded half the roof panels that Margret and the other members had paid for. He also took his pulpit! Oh well… didn’t Christ say when someone asked for your roof panels that you should give them the pulpit too?
We also had to dig big drainage ditches on either side of the plot to accommodate the massive amount of water that comes down the mountain when the rainy season comes … which by the way… started four days ago. Pray that they divert the flow.
After leveling the section that we will build on, we put used cement sacks (cost of five shillings a sack) full of dirt to hold the edges of the foundation in place until the area hardens.
This last picture is where we are at now and where it will be when the StoneHouse Family arrives on Sunday. Like the StoneHouse gathering place in Nakuru, this project is being built with faith and hard work.
Should our Father put it on your heart to help us with the cost of the building we will be forever grateful. The building will cost about five thousand dollars and every donation helps. Like the widow giving her few cents, it’s not the amount of money, but the amount of love that accompanies it that matters. Our Father will make it grow!
God bless … The StoneHouse Family