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Past Activities and Projects: Land of HOPE Project (Terra de Esperança)
Building Chapels in NorthEast - BRAZIL
A Descriptive and Pictorial Report on the Kickoff of the 12 Chapel Buildings in 2012 - HOPE Building Program – NE Brazil
As the plane lands in the City of Natal, my heart rejoices! It must be the joy of knowing that we are aligning with God’s plan and the order “Go Into The World…” I feel happy to be in Natal, for we have committed to build twelve new chapels during 2012, under the flag “Reaching the Unreached”, in the NorthEast Mission in Brazil and it is happening!
The meaning of the word “NATAL” in Portuguese is Christmas and as we drive out of the airport, I notice a beautiful, huge cobalt blue lit Christmas tree. The driver explains that it is the symbol of their city. “In our city, it is Christmas all year around”, explains the driver Rico, a new convert that delights in the concept of God with us, always!
The HOPE Building Program undertook the responsibility of building 12 chapels in 2012 and is, indeed, an undertaking of faith and I am fully confident that God is leading! Partners in this project with MissionServ International are The Quiet Hour Ministries and the NorthEast Brazil Mission.
After meeting the leaders of that Mission, we headed, by car, to our first stop at Caja village, about 200 miles away, in Paraiba. The route, a relaxing drive thru huge and vivid green fields of sugar cane, exposes what the region lives of - production of ethanol to be used as alternative fuel. CAJA was the location chosen to be the “home base” for the Factory of Hope, where the ecological interlocking bricks for our 12 chapels will be manufactured.
After a couple of hours, the car leaves the freeway and gets into a less traveled, narrow road. As we enter the small village of Caja, it seems that we have stepped back in time and life happens in slow motion. The row type, colorful tiny houses on each side of the road, goats and children mixed up, walking around freely, neighbors chatting outside their narrow, door/window façade little houses, I feel good about the decision to bring to Caja the Factory of HOPE bricks. These are good and needy people. The brick factory has already brought some good to this people – job opportunity being one of them, however, sharing Christ with the villagers that come in contact with the Factory of HOPE will be our highest goal!
The factory of bricks is a simple roof with halfway-up walls, a tall structure that stands high in the open field where it is being built. To the side of the factory structure, a pile of trash - construction debris that the City dump truck brought and dumped there, I am told. Amazing to think is that the HOPE Building Program will transform trash into buildings of hope. This is one of the beauties of this project – that the unwanted and undesired debris of construction that used to be piled out by the roads and everywhere, now will be transformed into ecological bricks to build structures that will impact lives for good! What a blessing!
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