3 years ago, Pastor Christophe shared an ambitious expansion plan with us to transform his small and simple church building that held under 100 people, into a large church that would seat 500 people. We have helped encourage him and have been a part of some of his fund raising efforts in
Pastor Christophe gave us a walking tour through the new church. He led us through what is going to be the main entrance and showed us the layout of the sanctuary, including where the pulpit and baptistery are going to be along with the location for his new office. He was most excited to show us the far corner of the building where the church property has recently been expanded. This part of the church occupies the former location of a mosque. This is almost unheard of! Mosques are normally forbidden to be destroyed. But in this case, the Lord took one away to make way for His church. How exciting!!
The new building occupies much of the church property, including the location of Christophe’s house and the church’s water well. Christophe took us to the outside corner of the church building and showed us the well. The new building butts directly up against it. The well has played a very important role in the church’s history and they’ve made the decision to leave it in place. When the church was first getting started in 1997, Pastor Christophe asked MAF if they could dig a well on the church property to serve the people living around the church. The MAF well team completed the well in May of 1997 and people started coming from houses all around the church for water. This gave Christophe an opportunity to share and witness to them along with using the well to show the love of Christ in sharing such a valuable resource. Visiting the church compound and seeing the well in use was one of the first activities John did when we first arrived in
It’s exciting to see how much the church has grown in the 6 years that we’ve been involved with it. Looking at the changes today gave us a huge boost and helped us see and understand the difference that we’ve been making in