My Heart 4 CUBA!

Of all of the countries in Latin America that I’ve had the privilege to work in, Cuba has in my heart a special and unique draw. In this world there are many challenges that can stretch us to our limits. In Cuba, though, I’ve experienced a perseverant and giving people who are genuine in their passion for God. It’s absolutely amazing and refreshing to your spirit to be around these wonderful people.

Panoramic view of Havana, the capital of Cuba

The Team . . .

This last team I had the privilege of hosting from JRC were both veterans and a few newbies, who all did an awesome job. Our team slogan for the whole trip was, “We move as one!” We also suffered as one, due to a virus of some sort that infected us. The local tonic of the day was “Onion Oil” and I’m not sure it made it worse or became the remedy. In spite of the circumstances, everyday the team was prepared to work and serve. A hundred pairs of new shoes were carried and given, tools for the job delivered, worship instrumentals were played, and testimonies shared. Everyone gave 100% and in return were blessed immensely by the loving Cuban people.


The Church . . .

The construction project at the church in Manzanillo is strategic to the area. The Pastor and congregation take seriously the responsibility God has given them to encourage and build up other surrounding churches. The special women’s ministry is another key part of growth in this area.

In a women’s meeting and several other services, we were given ample opportunity to encourage, pray, share, and minister. The team and I were excited to be a part of what God was doing. Some were saved and others experienced healing in their bodies.


The Project . . .

Altogether, in my estimation, the work in the church is half finished. To complete the building there is a need for several more teams willing to go and at least $80,000 in project funds to be donated. I join with the church in their excitement and hope in seeing the completion of this building.


DIOS BENDIGA a CUBA!

Together we build HOPE! John Sims

Why Do People Go?

If you happened to journey deep into the heart of the Brazilian jungle, you might find a bright blue river boat gliding along the Amazon River! If you spotted this vessel, you also will find “willing vessels” on board, where they live together for a week at a time while working hard to build a church along the banks of this massive river.

Boat

We at Builders International join with missionaries around the world like Mark Lemos in Brazil, to be a network of teams and resources to help complete projects impacting communities.

Builders International missionary Tom Moore, recounted his recent journey down the river with one of our South Texas team:

“Our recent trip down the Amazon River in Brazil began with team members gathering at the departure gate in Miami to meet each other before our flight to Manaus, Brazil.

For some of the team members, this was their first construction missions trip. However, several had been on many construction missions trips throughout their lifetime!

Why would these team members give so much of their personal time and finances to make another trip like this? What motivates someone to make these kinds of sacrifices year after year?

Yes, it was on the Amazon River, but the work was hard. Most days it was very hot and several times we were all soaked by the tropical rain. There were no guided fishing trips with great photo ops. The food was adequate but nothing like a five-star restaurant.

Every person came for the same reason. To build a church for the purpose of spreading the gospel! The building we worked on will be a place where people can belong for years to come. Where hurting people can find hope. Men who are facing problems they cannot solve will find hope. Women who are struggling to deal with the hardships of daily life will find hope. Children trying to find their place in the world and deal with personal fears will find hope.

We did not build an ordinary structure. Yes, it is made of ordinary cement, block, steel, and roofing but it is so much more than that. We built a place where people can find hope, no matter what kind of problem they are facing.

When we said our goodbyes, boarded the boat for the last time, and headed up the river that we called home for a week…we all knew we were not only leaving behind a beautiful country called Brazil, but we were leaving behind a lasting legacy of life where hope can now be found!” – Tom Moore

 

If you are interested in joining efforts with us to in making a difference spreading hope and help to those communities around the world, please contact us!

john@buildersintl.org / deborah@buildersintl.org  / 417.582.0003 / 1648 W. Lloyd St. Ozark, MO 65721


It is our goal a Builders International to be a network of teams and resources to help complete projects, which will move them toward greater effectiveness in this area of the world.  


Why Builders International?

Why Builders International? The current rate of international growth for the Assemblies of God is one new church every 45 minutes. There are now more than 67 million constituents around the world. There is a great need for training new, “pastors, evangelists, teachers, apostles and prophets.” We have been given the opportunity to build facilities necessary to sustain and help accelerate this growth that will help carry the Gospel to all nation. Ethan and mom (556 of 726) Deborah and I are privileged to be a part of the Builders International / MAPS Construction family, that is a worldwide industrious team of men and women. Around the world they are impacting lives on a weekly basis! Our part at Builders International! After serving 20 years in missions, I have been honored to serve the last of those six years as the LAC Regional Project Mangers for the combined ministry of Builders International and MAPS Construction, partnering with our missionaries in their building needs. We are committed to using our skills, resources, and calling to help bring an opportunity for people to hear the hope of the gospel. Globally, Assemblies Of God World Missions has many construction projects. One level of construction projects has a greater priority due to the active impact they have on a far reaching area and untouched people group. These projects are classified as Target Projects and they are on the move! These projects provided great opportunities for your church team to become involved in life changing missions work. That is why at Builders we speak often of ABUNDANT, COMMUNITY, QUALITY and ETERNAL LIFE! I invite you to click on Project Listing to view current projects. Thank you for supporting us in the direction God has lead us to invest our live. We are grateful for everyone of you! Blessings to you and your family! John