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Agawam Continues Construction at Chepo School
By Rod and Sherry Boyd

Eighteen men and women from Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam, MA spent seven days continuing construction on the Chepo Good Shepherd School. Chepo is located about an hour east of Panama City along the Pan American Highway. Now in its fourth year, there are currently 153 students, preschool through fourth grade, who attend this school.

This is Bethany’s third trip to Panama. Ken Bryars, music pastor at Bethany, led two previous teams, working at the Canaan School in 2000 and at the Las Mananitas School in 2002. The team visited both of these schools on our tour day and was able to see the return on investment of their earlier construction. The Canaan School has grown from 350 in 2000 to nearly 900 today; and the Las Mananitas School has grown from about 550 in 2002 to over 775 students today.

The Bethany team focused their construction in two areas. They laid block walls on two new second floor classrooms and laid block and built support beams in the first floor stair/restroom area. The team worked hard, in spite of the hot and humid weather, completing all of the work that we had anticipated for them. This generous team also provided school supplies for all of the elementary children, brought play equipment for the school and gave a generous offering to help finish the computer room and purchase computers. The team worked so well, side-by-side with church members and school staff.  Members of the team also sponsored five children through Latin America ChildCare.

The closing service was very special. The school and church honored each of the team members with a small gift. Then members of the congregation honored team members with special gifts. It was an emotional moment that illustrated how this team had connected with this church and school. Pastor Ken preached an encouraging message and challenged the church to look to the Lord for power to meet the needs of the community.

Thank you, Pastor Ken and team, for your hard work and ministry at the Chepo Good Shepherd School. We hope you’ll come back soon!

The Chepo School is urgently working on finishing one of the unfinished first floor classrooms. The Little Davey Computer Team arrives this week and will be delivering 12 new computers for the school. The new room must be finished by May 15th! We will need two or three more teams to finish the school. For now, we will work on finishing the support beams second-story flooring above the stairs and bathrooms, then the beams and third-story flooring above the two new classrooms and stair/bathroom area. When completed, the school will have a capacity for more than 350 students, kindergarten through ninth grade.

Please pray for the Chepo Good Shepherd School. There is great demand in this growing community. Pray that God would provide for construction needs. If you are able to help, you can give using the secure online form (include Project 14456 in the comment box) or send your offering to:

Assemblies of God World Missions
Project 14456 Chepo
1445 Boonville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802

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