bible churches >>mission suriname 2007 report
: MISSION SURINAME
We have been on the field for the last 28 months,
the time has passed so quickly, we are very thankful to the Lord
and to you for the generous support that we have received. The following
is a brief report of our activities, placed in categories for easy
understanding and clarity.
Things continue to go well in the midst of the
normal challenges associated with the ministry. Rose continues to
be a tower of strength, her commitment and inner resolve is a source
of inspiration to all of us. Aaron has done exceptionally well in
his exams, resulting in a transfer to the most prestigious school
in the city.Arianna and Adam are also on top of their classes, the
teachers constantly refer to them as examples of excellence, we
say thanks to the Lord for His blessings.
In the month of August 07 we decided to move to
a new home 10 minutes away from the city, our former Landlord wanted
to raise the rent and we wanted to stay within our budget. In an
effort compensate for the additional cost in fuel and transportation
to school for the kids, we have started to raise some layers and
ducks, we should be getting eggs by February 08 for which we already
have a market.
The church continues to go well, our regular attendance
is between 50-60 people, we are seeing growth and a desire to take
leadership and ownership of the church. This past Sunday the ladies
was asked to be in charge of the entire meeting, we had two women
speak for the first time.
The worship team led by Rose is doing exceptionally
well, worship is done in four languages namely Dutch,Taki Taki,
Hindi and English. During the vacation [September] we had our first
missions trip, we took twenty of our folks to the country Guyana.
We spent three days in ministry and also painted the inside of the
church building [ funds for the paint was raised in the services].
This brought a great sense of fulfillment to the team, our next
missions trip is planned for the same time next year to Trinidad.
In a bid to increase fellowship, six weeks ago we
started to provide lunch for everyone on Sundays. Members volunteer
to come early to cook and the infrastructure of the building makes
this very convenient. We receive a second offering to offset the
expenses, the meal adds significant value to the fellowship.
3] Bible School
On Wednesday 31st October 2007 we started our Bible
School with 12 students, our plan is to continue for the next six
weeks teaching some of the basics and at the same time evaluating
the students ability and commitment to the school.
We will begin officially in January 2008 with a
two year course, we hope to get some help from OBIT in preparing
a syllabus. All the work will be done in Dutch and we will put together
a local staff.
4] Social Projects
We have completed six schools with our computer
literacy course, a total of 654 kids, our goal is to provide 4000
primary schools kids with five basic lessons on the computer. Each
child contributes $1.00 per lesson and with this we pay the teacher
and to maintain of the computers.
When each school completes the course, a certificate
of participation is given to the school from the Open Bible Churches
of Suriname and it is proudly displayed on the wall in the office
of the principal.
The garbage collection program has employed two
persons for the last two years and continues to go very well, we
take out of the city over 40,000 bags of garbage per year. Others
have started similar programs in different areas and the Government
is considering using this program to effectively deal with the sanitation
problem in the country
5] Nickerie Convention Centre
This building which has a seating capacity of 1000
has been one of the significant ways that we able to extend our
influence in the country, two weeks ago the President’s wife
attended a function in the building. Since we started using the
building after the renovations [December 2006] we have had to
date over 10,000 people use the building.
There are many areas of the building that still
need to be completed including the following
1. A proper electrical system
2. Painting of the interior
3. Replacing of windows
4. Burglar proofing
5. Furnishing of rooms and offices
6. Completion of the kitchen and canteen
7. A proper sound system
We have started to incrementally rent the building,
our strategy is to make the centre a viable facility to be used
to add value to the city. The funds raised through rent, will be
used to maintain what we presently have and to meet the above needs.
It is unlikely that all of the above will be done before our term
of appointment is completed, that will be a process as the local
leadership takes responsibility for the future of their institution.
It is our intention to make this organization financially
self-sustaining before our term is completed, to this end we try
to teach by example how to generate, manage and control sustainable
funding. This is particularly challenging in an economy such as
the one that exists in this country, in addition, there is a very
poor concept of giving in this culture.
In spite of the above challenges the Lord have been
gracious to us, the income of the church approx. $ 1000.00 SRD per
month and this takes care of the following.
1. Assistant Pastor $200.00
2. Electricity bill $200.00
3. Janitor $200.00
4. Water $100.00
5. Fuel for church bus $250.00
There are so many other little things that always
need to be paid, the important thing is that everything is being
taken care of in a timely manner, everything we do is by faith and
the LORD always comes through for us, for this we are very greateful.
7. Looking ahead.
We have planned a few activities for the rest of
the year including
1. A grand Christmas Concert
2. Our first annual dinner
3. The feeding of two thousand kids [with the help
of Rev. V. Hajaree.][December 18 & 19]
4. Flea Market
We want to say thanks to all the individuals and
teams who have visited us in 2007, their presence has added value
to the work and has given great encouragement to us. We also want
to say thanks to the Board of Missions for their continued support
and also to the many Pastors who have called and sent gifts. Mission
Suriname continues to be a success largely to the continued sacrificial
giving and prayer of the many supporters in the local churches across
Trinidad and Tobago, to those supporters we especially say ‘thank
you’ for your love to us.