People Over Projects!

As we say goodbye to 2021 and look forward to 2022, we once again are amazed at this year’s progress in our mission projects despite the present day challenges. Even with all the building that has taken place, we believe it is people over projects that matter most and remains at the heart of what we do.

One year after the dedication of the first church built in Flor de Maroñas, Uruguay with missionaries Steve and Jill McCarthy, the best news of all came!! 

“In one year, the church saw 124 salvations, multiple baptism services, and a vision to   continue reaching their community!” – Steve McCarthy

We rejoice with our friends and Pastor Marcelo and Virginia over the lives changed in the past year since Church #1 of the Hope for Uruguay 100 project was finished. 

In just over a year, 12 churches have been built throughout the atheistic country of Uruguay! That is 12 communities where God’s word is moving forward, and the kingdom is being advanced…12 communities with a place to find hope!!

This next year Deborah and I ask you to continue to pray for us as we finish raising our missionary support to fund our work with Builders International. We will be working in the countries of Peru, Ecuador, Antigua, Uruguay, Cuba, as well as numerous others around the world, partnering with our missionaries to assist them in sharing Christ.  

  • Peru: In a remote region accessible only by boat, new churches are being built for communities with trained pastors who are reaching the Iquitos people. Two have been completed in the villages of Pijuayal and Nuevo Progreso.
  • Ecuador: The Jungle Bible School will train indigenous church planters to reach 400 unreached villages of the head-shrinking Shuar tribe.
  • Antigua: The Youth Ministry Center will provide a safe place for neglected, abused, and broken youth exposed to the dangers of drugs, prostitution, witchcraft, and poverty, to find hope and grow in Jesus.  
  • Uruguay: Hope for Uruguay 100 is an initiative to build 100 churches in 10 years throughout Uruguay, which is known as one of the most unevangelized nations in the Americas.
  • Cuba: The church in Manzanillo will bring encouragement, relief, and advancement of the gospel with the expansion of their facility. 

Our challenge…to finish raising our missions funds in 2022 and return promptly to our work.

Our missionary budget is set at the cash goal of $14,700, along with increased monthly support. Would you consider helping us with our missions budget, as we continue our work with Builders International, building HOPE?

People over projects are at the heart of what we do. As projects are moving forward around the world…Belgium, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Spain, Ukraine, and Uruguay…lives are being changed!!

Thank you for your continued support and friendship. We pray your family remains safe, under His care! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! 

Together, We Build Hope,

John Sims, Regional Project Manager – Builders International                                             Missionaries John and Deborah Sims | International Ministries 

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2020…To Latin America/Caribbean and Beyond!

This coming year we will be working on these amazing projects!

The Bahamas

On September 1, Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 hurricane swept across the Bahamas smashing communities in Grand Bahama and Abaco with 12 hours of sustained, 185 mph winds and a storm surge of 23 feet that delivered 4 feet of water more than five miles inland.

There were five Assembly of God churches on Abaco Island and five on Grand Bahama that were heavily damaged or destroyed from the most powerful storm recorded in the history of the small island nation.

People are suffering from the devastation resulting from the unrelenting fury of Hurricane Dorian. For the most part, they are still in a state of survival. At a time when people need the church more than ever, rebuilding is vital to these island communities.

We at Builders International sent an assessment team to Grand Bahama and Abaco and now we stands ready to host construction teams in January 2020 to help rebuild churches throughout the islands. 

1st Assembly of God, Marsh Harbour, Abaco

Hope For Uruguay 100

Hope for Uruguay 100 is an initiative to build 100 churches in 10 years throughout Uruguay, which is known as one of the most unevangelized nations in the Americas. This atheistic country has legalized prostitution, abortion, marijuana, and same-sex marriage! Hope for Uruguay 100 will bring hope to communities across this secular nation by providing permanent buildings for newly-planted churches.

A new church plant in Uruguay!
The night lights of Monte Video, Uruguay.

Berea ChildHope School

Many children in Zacapa, Guatemala suffer from the effects of extreme poverty and do not have access to basic education. There is a great need to provide a Christian education for the children in this area in order to break the cycle of poverty.

Children who attend this school will learn about God’s love and will be given the opportunity to excel in life. These at-risk children will be the next generation of Christian leaders in Guatemala and beyond.

The construction of Berea ChildHope school will benefit more than 500 children, bringing transformation to Zacapa and hope to the entire region.

Berea ChildHope School
Zacapa, Guatemala

Time To Celebrate In Belize!


In October of 2012 it all began! In the country of Belize, Mountian View Campground was more than an idea, the ground work had begun.

We are now celebrating the completion of many facilities used for the purpose of ministering to youth, children and families through camp revival and renewal!

Youth camp, children’s camp, family camp, women’s retreats and pastoral training are all happening at the Mountian View Campground.

Photo’s of the beginning!


Today Mountain View Assemblies of God Campground exists because of the many prayers, dedicated hard work, and sacrificial giving of those called to make a difference in Belize. We are grateful for the help and partnership of all those involved in making this more than just an idea.

THIS LAST YEAR in the ministry of Builders International!

Mountain View Campground is just one example of the many exciting things God is doing around the world through the construction ministry of Builders International. Because of your giving and volunteering, Builders International has had an impact in 10 countries in the last year. #BUILDING4LIFE #TOGETHERweSERVE

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CURRENT MINISTRY . . . Deborah and I serve as Regional Project Managers for the Latin America/ Caribbean Region with Builders International/MAPS Construction. As project managers, they assist in the building of Bible schools, churches, and training facilities that help meet the needs of rapid church growth in the LAC Region. Their work includes project management, on-site project assessment, team leading, project promotion, and development of training facilities that will carry the gospel to the nations. They have served more than 20 years as missionaries to Latin America in church planting, evangelism and building, giving them a wealth of knowledge and experience to help facilitate reaching the lost.

Our fellowship is experiencing a supernatural growth rate of up to 13,000 new churches and three-million adherents per year. Much of this is among the suffering and persecuted church. – Doug Clay, General Treasurer

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