Help to put a roof to a Church!

A project by Stephen John

india, Kerala, church, Building

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The Kanakapalam (Kanaka - Palam) St. Abel's Church

Near to the famous Hindu pilgrim center Erumely is a lower caste Hindu colony named Kanakapalam Srinipuram Colony. It has some 3500 labor class families living there. It is called a colony because it was built by the Government for the lower caste people as a low cost housing option. 

Some of them have converted to Christianity and where living among their Hindu brethren for decades. In the late 60's a house prayer fellowship was started there and in 1985 a small church was built in the colony. It came to be known as the St. Abel's Church. Over the years, the Church membership grew but at the same time the old Church building was not able to withstand natural forces. 

And recently the roof of the Church fell and the Church became useless for worship services. The people decided to rebuild the Church. Most of the church members are daily wage laborers. A daily wage laborer gets about 300 to 500 Rupees a day whenever they have work. Since they do not have work every day, and especially during rainy season they have less work, they have to meet their family needs from their daily wages. In US dollars, they make around $6 to $10 per day. 

Even with the increased cost of living, the members has decided to share the expenses of the Church construction. They built the walls, doors and windows. To reduce the construction cost, the families has volunteered to do some manual labor during the construction. And that means when a family decides to volunteer during the construction, they are not only volunteering the time, they are also not going to their daily work that day. 

Now they only have Ten Thousand Rupees left in their construction fund. And that is not going to put a roof for their Church. To put a roof, plastering, painting, wiring and to finish the complete work they need at least Rupees 250,000 ($5000). But they would be happy to have at least a roof for their Church so that they can start worshipping in their Church again and it costs around Rupees 100,000 ($2000). They have already spent an amount equivalent to $4000 so far in construction. 

If you would like to help this Church then please do so. Any help will be greatly appreciated. We say Thank You in advance.

In Christ,
Bp. Stephenose Vattappara (Stephen John)
On Behalf of Kanakapalam Church Committee

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  • Stephen John     more than 3 years ago

    Lord! Thank you for the person who has initiated the support for this project. Thank you for asking them to support this cause. We still need more support and we are asking you to reach out to many people and ask them to support us.

    In Jesus' name we pray! Amen

  • Stephen John     almost 4 years ago
    Dear Lord!

    Thank you for giving us our daily needs! We realize that we are blessed in many ways than many other people all around the world. Therefore we thank you for giving us the necessary help to build our Church so far. 

    Now we need help to put a roof over our Church. We believe that there are Christian brothers and sisters all around the world who could help us and we ask you to find them for us. 

    We were encouraged by the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. There is a verse in the Book of Nehemiah (2:17) which reads like this, "Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem!". These words gives us encouragement to rebuild our Church. 

    We ask you to find our backers and thus help us to finish our Church building!

    This we ask in the name of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • One person initiated the support!

    more than 3 years ago

    We are glad that on person initiated the support for this Church. They are really in need and are hoping that they could put a roof before Christmas. We are humbly asking you to pray and support our Church.

    • Denise Migliaccio

    • 2014-11-16 17:42:52 -0800

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