Saturday, March 27, 2010

Looking Ahead

As we look to the immediate future of what will be happening with the Seminario Wesleyano de Venezuela we are most excited and somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of work to be done.  We have to immediately improve the security fence(wall) on the front side of the property.  There have been breaches in the security and that is unacceptable.  We must have a safe and secure place for the people who live on campus as well as the classes and groups that come to the Seminary on a regular basis. This will cost about $4000US plus labor.  Fortunately, we do not have to pay the labor costs since one of our alumns is planning to do the work at very little cost to the Semninary other than materials cost.

We are simultaneously improving the kitchen and dining hall. The women who cook for the Seminary have been washing dishes for 30 or more people, 3 times a day, in a sink that is about 4 inches deep and 14"X8".  We have purchased two deep stainless sinks and faucets and will build concrete counters into which the sinks will be installed. This will be a HUGE improvement.  We still need to add a 20'X20' kitchen addition with a 6' deep water cistern underneath it.  However, that is for another time or when God places it on someones' heart to provide that.  We are also tearing down the old dirty and rusting dropped ceiling in the Dining Hall and replacing it with rigid insulation and finished luan as well as adding new lights to replace the old rusted tubes and adding two new air conditioners. This will cost about $3,000 (not including the needed but delayed Kitchen/Cistern expansion).

There are many more improvements needed on the campus, but they will have to wait for additional resources.  Generally, the students are most understanding, even when sleeping without air-conditioning and lacking any furniture for resting or lounging as well as other needs.  Thank God for their humble, generous attitude.

In June we will have another week of Seminary.  During the next months we will host a variety of church groups.  Then in August we will host the 3rd annual conference of the United Methodist Church of Venezuela.  We will also have the August Seminary session, followed by our Second Graduation as 12 students receive their equivalent Bachelor of Theology degree.

All of this will happen through the hard work of many people in Venezuela and the US.  Obviously, most of the cost will have to be covered by giving in the US.  Therefore, we invite you to give generously to the Seminary at:
Venezuela Now, Inc.
PO Box 1655
Duluth, GA  30096

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