Tocoa, Colón, Honduras 2014

Project goal: Built the concrete block walls around an existing 16 X 31-foot roofed structure in El Barro, a small rural village 10 miles east of Tocoa.

Place: El Barro is near Tocoa, a town of approximately 75,000.

Background of Project:  Four years ago, a member of the Baptist church in Taujica invited a woman who lives in El Barro to attend church. She was saved and immediately began inviting her neighbors—children, youth and adults to her home for Bible study.  Ever since, members of the church in Taujica have traveled weekly to El Barro to evangelize and disciple the new believers.  The group now numbers about 40. The church in Taujica purchased a small lot and built an open-air structure as a meeting place.  It has a concrete floor, reinforced concrete columns, wooden trusses and a corrugated metal roof.  Because it is open, there is no security, and people have stolen electrical fixtures and other items.  The church has the option to purchase land behind this structure for expansion in the future. Local contractors have told the pastor of the Baptist church in Taujica, Marcos Ferrufino, that the cost of local labor and materials would be $2,900 dollars; $2400 just for materials.

While the construction volunteers were building the walls of the meeting place, one of our volunteers taught English as a Second Language and basic computer operation in the elementary school in El Barro near the construction site.