Our IBCP seminary has been around for 25 years, but in typical third-world evangelical Christian ministry style it has been operating in a constant state of disrepair. Instructors teach in partially constructed classrooms and students study in a poorly lit, unfinished library. The IBCP seminary has been glorifying God for years in conditions that would not fly in the U.S.
In addition to teaching classes, Mike has been tasked with completing some of the unfished infrastructure around the seminary. For the foreseeable future Mike will be raising capital and managing construction on these and other projects.
This border fence was erected years ago as a “temporary” fix to keep people from using the seminary as a thoroughfare. While the has successfully reduced foot traffic it does little in the way of providing security. This eyesore has to be removed and a permanent wall has to be constructed in its place. Mike is going to design a wall that is three-feet high with cinder blocks and has decorative iron bars up to six feet. This will be attractive, allow breeze and provide security.
A well-intentioned ex-seminary student constructed this driveway inside the seminary. He didn’t use rebar and the driveway is now crumbling. With heavy rains during the rainy season, this uphill driveway is near impassable. Mike is going to have this old driveway removed and a new, structurally sound one will be poured in its place. It will reduce mud during the rainy season and dust during the dry season.
Equatorial Guinea is one of three countries in the world where less than half of the population has no access to clean drinking water. The IBCP seminary does not have drinkable water. As a ministry for the students we are going to put a gutter on this huge seminary roof, catch rain water and direct it into a 1,000 gallon storage unit. We are also going to dig a well (just beyond the palm tree). Erin will set up a purification system and we will provide purified drinking water for the seminary and a water source for the dorms that will be constructed in the future (also beyond the palm).
In addition to these projects Mike will be working on a second water storage tank, increasing the security on the back wall, digging a dedicated well for the home of the facilities manager, building a storage shed that will double as a water tower, finishing the perimeter wall and a few other smaller projects.
Finishing these projects could take 10-weeks to 10-years. The funds for these projects are not allocated and will need to be raised. Mike will talk to contractors and take bids on each project and move forward at God’s pace.
For those of you who know Mike and his lack of construction acumen, it might amuse you that he is being tasked with construction projects. However, we are all willing to be used as God calls us. Pray for resources and Mike as he is stretched in this area.