A new Seventh-day Adventist Church building was completed in the heart of the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas, Mexico, thanks to the efforts of students from Montemorelos University in North Mexico. Construction of the building, which began three years ago, took place on the same site as the 50-year-old wooden structure where members used to gather for worship services.
The university students and volunteers who built the new facility are part of a group called Adventist Missionary Youth. They began building back in 2016 when the old wooden structure was demolished. They started with the cement walls and a sheet-metal roof.
During that time while construction began, the members of the church, called Betel Adventist Church, continued to worship near the site, while students and faculty held a two-week evangelism campaign in the evenings and community outreach activities during the day.
The church project was followed up in early 2018 and after additional funds became available, they returned in early December to complete the flooring, install ceiling tiles and windows, paint the church, and put the finishing touches on the new building.
The objective was to finish the church’s construction so that it can provide a better place of worship and become a more representative testimony to the remote jungle community, said Primitivo Sánchez, human resources director of Montemorelos University and adviser for the missionary project.
“This has been a true project by faith as we have learned how to construct and do everything to the best of our abilities for what the Lord has allowed us for the cause,” said Eliezer Castellano, a construction volunteer.