Gokovaram Church Construction

Campaign Created by: Daniel Frein
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Goal : $25,000

Raised : $200

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In 2017, I travelled to India for my first short-term mission trip.  I was invited by the North Andhra Section of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to conduct several revival and evangelism meetings.  The trip culminated with a 7-day series of meetings in Gokovaram, Andhra Pradesh, India.  Bible workers prepared the soil before my arrival, and the meetings were conducted in a large, outdoor tent setting.  This village had never been visited by a Seventh-day Adventist missionary.

The meetings started off with approximately 500 people in attendance, and the number grew every night, until I was preaching to thousands.  Attendance quickly exceeded the tent's capacity, and a vast majority of the people had to attend outside the tent, on top of surrounding buildings, and loud speakers broadcasted the messages to many thousands in the surrounding village.  In America, crowds tend to diminsh over the course of a series of meetings.  In India, it's the opposite.  The number of attendees grows every night, due to word of mouth spreading back to the surrounding villages.

The final meeting ended with several hundred people answering the call for baptism, and many more wanting follow-up Bible studies with local Bible workers and ministerial personnel.  We had sparked a gospel fire in the Gokovaram people, and also several other nearby villages.

In 2018, I returned to India to work some new areas.  While there, a group of the Gokovaram converts came to visit me and update me on their village and the results from our labor there.  Baptisms had continues after I left in 2017, and the body had grown.  They were meeting every Sabbath morning under a tent, in the middle of a narrow village street.  The brothers who came to visit me prayed that they could build a church, and in faith, stepped out an bought a piece of land for the future church.  This was a significant sacrifice for these people, and it is a very poor area.  But, they trusted the Lord and feel called to create a church as a home to continue to spread the gospel in this area. 

This region of India is very hot and tropical, so much of the year it is very hot and humid, especially when trying to meet outdoors.  The rainy season also brings additional challenges to worship service.  One of the last days in India, I visited the Gokovaram meeting location, as I had never seen it in daylight.  It was even larger that I imagined, and the size of the crowds struck me even more.  I also visit the brethren in Gokovaram, and they gave me a tour of the piece of land they bought.  It is a nice location, at the end of a village street, thus reducing the likelihood of encroachment anytime soon.

I would like to raise the funds to help them build a church in Gokovaram.  Construction costs are much lower in India, and the quality of their church constructions are amazing.  Brick and stone buiildings and the norm, and the construction is all by hand.  I visited a similar project in another village, and I was amazed at the quality of contruction, considering the modest cost.  All funds will go the North Andhra Section of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and will be used solely for the construction of this church.  I will transfer all funds electronically, and all receipts will be available to anyone who has donated and requests them.

I can also provide an itemized church construction cost sheet and constructions drawings upon request.  Please join me in helping God to grow His kingdom in this region!  God bless you all!

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