Thai culture necessitates an easily identified and neutral location as a meeting place for church. Having a church building is very important to the Thai people, particularly when attempting to plant a permanent church in what has been an unreached area.
This project is for the completion of the Khong Wilai Church complex in Central Thailand, a church planted by WEC missionaries. The church is currently meeting in rented facilities, but the congregation and Sunday School have outgrown the building and parking is a problem.
The entire project is for a meeting room for worship, capable of seating 100 people (12x12 metres), with an attached kitchen, separate smaller room for teaching (6x3 metres), storage room (3x3 metres) and pastor's quarters (6x3 metres with an attached bathroom). Separate toilet facilities will be constructed in a smaller outbuilding for general use. There will be a long open hall (12 x 3 metres which would be suitable for communal meals (held after each service) or other activities.
So far local members of the congregation have given sacrificially towards the project and the worship room is largely completed. To see this room finished funds are still needed for the painting, tiling and electrical work finished.
When more funds become available construction can begin on the rest of the complex. It is estimated that at least $40,000 USD is still needed to complete the entire project.
We are thankful to the Lord for several developments in our church building project. Since the last update we have received approximately $3,000 additional funding from several sources, and have been able to make some more progress on the worship room.
Providentially, these developments were just in time for the COVID-19 pandemic. We were forced to move into our new building since the old rented room was too small and we could not have met there.
For the worship room we still need to finish painting, install the electrical fixtures, make the correct connection to the meter, tile the floors, and build a proper toilet.
This worship room is not the entire project. Another half of the project waits funding. This includes a storage room, Sunday school room, a kitchen, an open area for eating, a small pastor’s quarters, and proper toilets. We also will need to fill a small additional section of land.
Since our last progress report of January 2021 there has been some significant progress. We have nearly $10,000 US. Some of the things we have done:
• We were able to widen our land by filling a strip along the south side. This has given us room to construct proper toilets and have access to the back of the property in the future.
• We have run water pipes with taps to the building, 2 sinks for hand washing, and to the temporary toilet.
• We have set up electric poles and have completed proper electrical connection to the worship building. We have also completed lighting and fans, and all other electrical work in the building.
• We have almost completed floor tiles in the main building.
• We will complete painting in the main building within the next week or two.
• We will soon complete 4 proper toilets.
Major work remaining to be done:
The second half of the building, which includes a kitchen, dining areas, storage room, Sunday school room, a small pastor’s quarters, and proper toilets. The floor area of this remaining construction is 12x12 meters, the same as the area of the worship room.
The estimated cost of this remaining construction is about $25,000.