Over the past few years Pastor Emmy has concentrated on providing schooling and accommodation for the orphans and needy children. All available resources have therefore been used to build classrooms, dorms, pay staff and for food and materials. The church that has also been planted and been growing over this time has used the school rooms for meeting.
The school / orphanage has now grown to around 330 children and the church adult membership has also been growing which means that there is no school building that can accommodate everyone to meet and worship together. There is also no room for the whole school to meet together. This is OK except in the wet seasons when it becomes very difficult. It was therefore decided to build a multipurpose centre.
A neighbouring piece of land became available and was able to be purchased and plans drawn up for a building which would allow around 800 to meet together, offices, seminar rooms and toilet facilities. This would provide a school assembly room, a church worship centre, a training base for the whole ministry: a place for all the pastors from the 43 churches overseen by Pastor Emmy to come together, leadership training, youth conferences, etc. Also where staff from all the schools can come together for training.
PCM UK took on the responsbilty to seek to fund this project. The total budget is around £96,000. So far about half of this has been raised. Work started in the Spring of 2011. The funds raised so far have been used for excavation (the land is on a hillside), foundations and concrete floor, construction up to first floor level and the formwork for the reinforced first floor concrete slab. To be able to complete this slab, a further £9,500 is required. This would represent a massive step forward in the project. The walls are relatively cheap as we are using technology that enables excavated soil mixed with a small amount of cement, pressed in a manually operated machine to make the bricks which are shaped to enable construction with the use of minimal quantities of mortar. The upper floor walls will therefore be able to be built very quickly and then the next big challenge will be for roofing materials which are not cheap.