When lay pastor Edna Arnold began leading the Church of the Nazarene in Dangriga, Belize, she knew they needed more space. The church, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, did not even have the ability to grow until a Sunday School meeting area could accommodate places for different Bible classes. Arnold tried various options for help, but it was not until a group of local young adults visited the Dangriga church in May 2006 the need was met.
A concrete slab floor was poured and in June 2006, a group of 30 people from three Belize City churches, in addition to the Cotton Tree Village church and the Independence Village church, started raising the walls. Several months later, the same five churches, along with the Roaring Creek Village church, decided to make this a task they would see to completion, hoping for a finished building in time of their district assembly.
A group of 52 gathered for a workday on March 31. Another workday will be scheduled for late June or July, 2007. The local churches' next project will involve building the walls and finishing the remainder of the building. Their hope is that in the coming months, the Dangriga church will be completed and fully equipped to minister to their community.
The Belize District is continuing to move forward in their church growth efforts with intentional moves to improve local church health and effectiveness. Prayer is requested for Arnold and the Dangriga Church of the Nazarene as they make strides to minister to their community. To learn more information about the churches in Belize, Click Here
--Caribbean Region Communications