Pastor Steve Silva and the members of the Lansing Michigan Spanish SDA Church were faced with many needed repairs in their church sanctuary. As the cold days of November 2018 approached church services were held when the sanctuary could not be heated above 50°Fahrenheit because of many broken pipes, poor insulation, and other problems.
While this church is rich in the Holy Spirit it is not so rich financially. One could say it is barely surviving fiscally. The members, however had faith and they knew that God would help.
Cost estimates and quotes were obtained followed by fund raising for the repairs. This fund raising was a success. Things were ready to begin. It was already getting cold however and hired workers would not likely be able to finish the work before spring.
At this time, members from the Lansing SDA church gave a mission vespers at the Spanish Church service describing the important work being done in Haiti in Orphans International Helpline (OIH). This was a worthy program to support. But how could a small church that is barely able to sponsor itself make any difference?
Before the workers were hired for the church repairs. A realization was made that we could do this work ourselves and donate the labor cost to help OIH. If everyone worked hard it could also get done before extreme cold set in. Earnest prayers were made for guidance and Gods power to complete the task.
Volunteers from the Lansing SDA church also came to help. Many new friends were made as workers joined together in this adventure. English and Spanish were learned together. Some did all-nighters to get the repairs completed before the cold weather struck.
This collaboration all paid off. The heating system started working just before the big winter cold blast. While some finishing touches still need to be completed, everyone is delighted that they were used by God to do two beautiful things at one time.
It is hoped that other churches will follow the Spanish Church example and do volunteer mission work right in their own church building or in nearby community.