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Three E. Washington Churches Continue Jireh Construction
By Rod and Sherry Boyd

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Pasco and Yakima at JirehThirteen men and women from three eastern Washington churches spent six days the end of June in construction at the Jehovah Jireh Good Shepherd School in Pedregal, Panama. Pastor Darrel Johnsen from Faith Assembly, Pasco led the team. Pastor Dick Malvaney from Central Assembly in Yakima and Pastor Larry Malcolm from Stone Church in Yakima and members of their congregations completed the team.

The team focused on laying block on the second floor. It was difficult work as the previous team had laid the "lower" blocks. The block layers spent most of their time on scaffolding. By the end of the week, they completely finished five of the six classrooms, the storage area under the stairwell and most of the two restrooms. They also completed half of the remaining bond beams. In addition, they laid block for two classrooms on the third floor.Pasco and Yakima at Jireh

The team also personally ministered to so many of the 438 children and youth that attend the school from kindergarten through 10th grade. They brought several pounds of candy to pass out to the children, making them an instant hit! They ministered in a school chapel sharing testimonies and a devotional. The team presented the director with three soccer balls for the school. Then the children presented songs and skits to the team. The time of worship with the children was very emotional.

Pasco and Yakima at JirehAfter the chapel, the team returned to their construction work. But they had connected so well with the children that they lined up to get the autographs of each team member! One team member said, "I feel like I'm a famous person!"

Two more teams are scheduled to work at the school, one in July and the other in November. We are hoping to have the roof over the fourth floor before the November team arrives. When finished, the four-story building will have 18 classrooms, some of which will be used as laboratories (computer/keyboard, science and language), restrooms on each floor, administrative facilities and a library. The school is currently renting a small apartment building next door to the school.

Pasco and Yakima at JirehEven though several couples from the church were away at a marriage retreat, a good group came out for the farewell service on Friday night. Pastor Darrel preached a great message from Acts 4-5, calling the church to unity, community and sensitivity to the needs of the non-Christian neighbors of the church.

We are grateful that members of the team became new Latin America ChildCare sponsors. Seven children were sponsored! There are still 44, just from the Jireh school, who are waiting for someone to sponsor them.

Pasco and Yakima at JirehThank you, Pastor Darrel, Pastor Dick and Pastor Larry, and team members for coming to Panama and for helping to make a difference in the lives of children and youth!

If you would like to become a sponsor, please visit the Panama page on the LACC website. If you would like to give an offering towards the construction of the Jireh school, you can make a donation on the Assemblies of God secure website. Please specify "Project 7795, Jireh School" in the comments field. Or you can send your check to:

Assemblies of God World Missions
Project 7795, Jireh School
1445 Boonville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802

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