Timberline is sending a team to the country of Georgia to help remodel a permanent place for the local church to meet. The team of four men will focus on construction over a ten-day trip in which they will bring bathrooms up to code and set up other things, such as a stage, to help create more of a church building environment for the believers.
In light of the differences between our faith-friendly culture and theirs, our team can only learn more from the locals as they must be cautious in expressions of faith and simple gestures Americans have the liberty to take for granted. From our Georgian brothers, they hope to learn the power of relationship in spreading the Gospel, and they sit back in awe and watch how the nationals diligently and consistently follow the Holy Spirit into whatever place He may lead them.
Please pray for the mission team as they travel. They ask for protection and openness to life change. As well, they ask for strength for the pastors and families on site. They are excited to help with this new development in the lives of the believers there. They will return during the first week of August.
Quick Facts about Georgia:
- Population: 4,928,052
- Religion: Orthodox 83.4%, Muslim 10.7%
- Language: Georgian 87.6%, Azeri 6.2%, Armenian 3.9% and Russian 1.2%
- Ethnic groups: Georgians 86.8%, Azeri 6.3%, Armenian 4.5%, and other area countries 2.3%
- Currency: Georgian lari
- Population below poverty line:2%
- Average temperature: 27- 91 degrees
- Time change: 11 hours ahead of Colorado
In America, converting a house into a local church would be a basic construction job. As a matter of fact, on TV, a crew could come in, change things around and have the place revived, landscaped and redecorated over a weekend. However, in the country of Georgia, it’s not that simple. For one thing, the only Home Depot-type store is a 2-½ hour drive away. For another, hiring a construction company is an exorbitant amount of money for a 100-member congregation. Further, the local Orthodox church not only refuses to recognize Evangelical Christian churches, but it also condemns those who they consider a threat to their beliefs.
From May 29th-June 11th, Timberline Church sent its first mission team to Georgia, to assist a congregation and turn a local house into a functioning meeting area. With a goal of placing studs and sheetrock on the walls after insulating the traditional stone structure, the team will leave the area having given the local body a place to pray and worship all together.
Please pray for our team. Anyone who has ever endured a construction job knows the importance of timing and will understand the necessity of having the correct materials. While Timberline’s team is on location, timing and accuracy will be even more important—a lack of screws means a 5-hour drive time to solve the problem; a delay of one thing before they arrive can mean an inability to complete anything in the short two weeks they are in town. Further, pray for protection over the team as they travel, and pray for protection over the entire congregation now and into the future.