In December of 2016, I returned to Oratorio to see a nice, blue coat of paint covering the formerly yellow, chipping walls of the play area. I took a pic and said, "someday, a roof!"
For the past three years I've prayed and posted things on Facebook. I explored the possibility of getting Rotary International involved but the project was too small. I wrote to a few corporations looking for sponsorships, but came up empty.
In December of 2017, I returned and saw a beautiful mural on the blue wall. We had accomplished remodeling the kitchen with enclosed, brick stoves with chimneys and tile floors. Shutters were in place, but the roof was still a pipe-dream prayer. It would take $10,000 USD to put a roof over such a large area. That was approximately 75,000 Quetzales. It sounds small to Americans, but that is crazy money to our Guatemalan friends.
But, it's nothing to God. He expanded the vision to some of his other followers on our team. A family with a small piece of land to sell committed those proceeds to the goal but it sat and sat without selling.
In April 2018 we returned with a team of 20 and discovered that much of what we began in 2016 was complete. The school looks like a different place with bright paint throughout and steel shutters ready to be closed within minutes of the next dust storm arriving. A platform stage area is now in the largest room where the school hosts community gatherings. But, while we ran games in the hot sun on the play area, we were again asking God for a roof.
Last Sunday, 3 years and 3 months after my BHAG conversation with the school headmaster, our little church presented the national AMG director with a $12,000.00 check and told him to raise the roof in Oratorio. God provided it through the sale of the land and a few other gifts from individuals.
We cried because we tend to do that when we see happy, amazing things happen that will have such a large impact on people. We saw no corporate sponsors, no international organizations writing checks, just regular people who God moved to work together for his purposes and in His timing. Just regular, non-wealthy people trusting God.
Our little church had a BHAG at the start of the year of raising $3000 for our City's program to answer the Opioid crises. Check! Done. God provided We've prayed, as a church, that God would help us see other ways to meet needs right here in our community and he's opened doors for feeding, furnishing and resettling.
On the hottest weekend of the year, we put his plan into action to bring relief to our school in Oratorio so the kids will have relief on their hottest days. Pretty cool, right?
So, there you have it. It's amazing what God accomplishes through His people trusting in Him and following.
Our God is amazing!