Builders Project: Tier 3
69% $275,000 Raised
Builders Project: Tier 3
69% $275,000 Raised
Russia | Carley Touchstone
NEED: A construction deadline hangs before this thriving congregation as their building is in progress. Located in a city of 600,000 people, a majority of the population is Tatar, an unreached group, and Muslim. Temporary facilities for this church of 500 people are already in use.
DESCRIPTION: The property was miraculously donated to the church by the local government, and they also designed the plans for the impressive 60,000 sq. ft. building at no cost. This building is designed for worship, teaching, fellowship, and an administrative center for both the church and the regional ministries.
BENEFITS: Upon completion, the potential of this strategically located church significantly increases in this socialist and restrictive community. The permanent facility will anchor the Good News Church as it serves this region. The church is already known for its compassion ministries. Even in their temporary facilities, they serve the needy, those with addictions, and have a successful discipleship ministry. A permanent building is a permanent witness of the Gospel.
Jul 24, 2018
UNSEALING OF BUILDING
o Temporary worship and ministry center was closed due to building code violations in March.
o There is more to the story. Your prayer support is appreciated.
o It means that the office workers can return.
o It means that the workers can go back into the building to do tasks.
o No gathering of people can take place for worship and teaching these are being done off campus.
o It is a tremendous sign that the government is now moving forward with necessary permits.
· This is document is required by the government because of the anti-terrorism laws enacted in 2016.
· It is required for all buildings that can accommodate 50 or more people.
o Includes metal detectors and a HD security camera for 24/7 with a storage capacity of memory for 30 days.
o Good News Church is in compliance.
· It is possible that it will be issued soon. I just emailed the office in Chelny today for an update. As soon as I receive information I will share it with you.
o Builders International became involved in this project in 2015 after it was approved by AGWM.
o A prayer team visited the site in February, 2016 with funding and a strategy to complete the basement by December 31. It was completed and inspected.
o Site visits were made in early 2017 but construction progress was halted by the government. The original design provided by the government was revised to meet safety, security and energy efficiency. This was completed on August 1, 2017. This provided an 8-week construction season but progress was made to the first floor.
o Hope abounded for significant progress for 2018, only to be faced with ongoing delays. Now, it appears that by August 15, the building permit will be in hand.
· Ready to go!
o Labor agreements are in place with brick masons who are ready to work one, two or three shifts to assure as much progress as possible.
o Building materials are on hand to complete the first floor.
o The plan is to complete the deck of the second floor and begin the walls of the second floor.
PARTNERSHIP: Builders International is committed to raising one-third of the cost of the building. The local church is committed to the remainder of construction cost. Our partnership provides accountability for donations, encouragement to the pastor/congregation, and funding to move the project forward. The outcome will be a very beautiful building that is strategically located in a city of 600,000 people where evangelism and outreach can only occur on the church campus. The population is Tatar, an unreached people group with 99% being Muslim or secularist.
May 31, 2017
UPDATE Concerning Religious Persecution:
Hello Brother Carley,
You remember the brother from the Nizhnekamsk church was sued for distributing
Christian tracts in the Tatar language. The church hired a lawyer who defended
Damir in the court. The judge eventually took the side of Damir, and we won! We
thank the Lord for His blessing and protection, and you for your prayers.
You can read more from my other messages below. Vasily Evchik
The Nizhnekamsk City Prosecutor has issued his Judgment in the case of an administrative offense concerning a Christian who worked as a taxi driver and witnessed about his faith to his clients. He distributed tracts in both Russian and Tatar languages based on his own convictions. However the General Prosecutor Office made a mistake in its decision that he was guilty of the administrative offence according to the Article 5.26 of the Part 4 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses "Breach of the legislation on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and religious associations". The General Prosecutor Office has handed the case to the Court. The Lawyer paid the Court's attention to the fact that according to the Article 28 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation: Everyone shall be guaranteed the freedom of conscience, the freedom of religion, including the right to profess individually or together with other any religion or to profess no religion at all, to freely choose, possess and disseminate religious and other views and act according to them.
According to the Item 1 of the Article 3 of the Federal Law 125-FZ "About Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations": Freedom of conscience and freedom of religion shall be guaranteed in the Russian Federation, including the right to confess any or no religion by an individual or by a group of individuals, to conduct religious services or any religious ceremonies and rites, to carry out the teaching of religion or religious education, to freely choose and change as well as to have and disseminate religious and other convictions, and to act according to them, as well as to create new religious associations.
Thus, the lawyer insisted that the aforementioned citizen was acting within the limits of the Constitutional norm when he expressed his own private convictions which can not and should not be conditioned by the legislating of his actions by any religious association, otherwise the Constitutional freedom of the citizen D. would depend on his membership of a religious organization or on the will of a third party, which is against Constitution. Since the citizen was carrying out his constitutional right of religion outside of any religious association, he could not be doing a missionary activities by definition.
The Court has heard the reasoning of the lawyer and cancelled the Judgment in the case of an administrative offense and ceased the proceedings on the case.
Nov 15, 2016
Six months ago, May 2016, I visited the construction site of the Good News Church. I did not see much had changed from the time of my first visit in 2003. Today, the foundation is complete. The basement is finished along with the floor of the first story. I am rejoicing! God has answered my prayer for progress.
The photo below, tells the story of the working conditions.
The financial goal is to raise $150,000 by May 15, 2017.
Oct 10, 2016
Update of the construction happening at the Tatarstan Church
We plan to finish the basement stage by October 10, 2016.
After October 20 2016, we plan to start construction of the first above ground level of the church building.
Thank you for your help! It is appreciated and valued!
Jul 29, 2016
In July, Herb Parker, Ed Schneider and Steve Levick went to
Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia, on a Builders International team.Their visit came just after the new Russian
laws restricting evangelism with other ramifications came into effect.Therefore they, because of visa restrictions were
limited in their capacity to serve.
You can view the advancements that are being made with the
project. The video is on this site.
In his own words to his church, Brother Vasiliy shared,
“Dear Brothers and Sisters! We have to make more efforts in order to continue
construction process! We can do many things ourselves! It was like this last
week, when our brothers did the work at the site with their own hands, not
construction workers, but we ourselves did some works…they worked at the
southern part of the building.”
The income was from 44 people who gave a total of $569.
All the church family is involved in giving to move the
project forward.They are asked to collect waste
paper and then it is sold for 4 1/2 cents per 2.2 pounds or 3 rubles.This touches my heart as I remember doing the
same for project in my church as you man. (I saw their collection
Therefore please pray for the congregation
that God will bless their finances to bless the church. Also, please consider a
regular donation until this project is completed. The dollar is very strong in
Russia right now.Builders’ goal is to
transfer an offering each month for the project.
Jun 20, 2016
The next goal to see work continue on track is to raise $30,000 by August 5, 2016. These funds will pay workers who continue to lay the brick for the exterior and interior walls. As well, the floor will be placed for the second level.
A team will b on site in mid-October to review the progress that has occurred during the 2016 construction season, as well as to cast the vision for the 2017 construction season. If you would like to join us, find out more at: https://buildersintl.org/events/legacy-team-russia-2/
Jun 20, 2016
Thanks to your generosity, the first financial goal of $25,000 has been met and work is now underway for the 2016 construction season!
Jun 6, 2016
The Good News Church is located in the city of Naberezhnye
Chelny (Chelny) in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. It is about 1,000 miles east of Moscow. The population of Tatarstan is
predominately composed of the Tatar people group with majority being Muslim. The Tatar people have been identified
as an unreached people group.
Chelny is a
city of 500,000 people, in an industrial city known for the very large factory
that produces trucks. As a planned city, the people live in large apartment
buildings. The foot print is small compared to western standards. Public transportation is very
accessible for travel around the city. It is the hub for the regions cultural
celebrations for the Tatar people.
The Good News Church was founded by its current pastor, Vasiliy
Evchik, about 20 years ago. He and
his wife Raisa have five sons. He is the bishop of a group of 24 churches in
the Republic of Tatarstan and is one of Bishops of the Pentecostal Union of
Russia. He has found favor with the local government leaders.
The local government has given to Good News Church (1) Choice property, (2) architectural
design and blueprints with all schematics for utilities, (3) permits for all
construction phases, and (4) permanent tax exception for the property. This is a miracle but the challenge is
that church has been under construction for the past 12 years.
Apr 27, 2016
Bricklaying phase of construction begins May 25, 2016 and continues for 20 weeks. The workers hired are from the local community and work fro a company who has carries the work permit. We'll keep you up to speed on project updates here!
The cost to hire one worker is about 9,000 Rubles ($125 USD). Currently the US Dollar is strong and is going further to complete this project!
The construction of the building is projected for fall of 2018.
Dec 20, 2015
The first legacy team will depart on Monday. Soon we will have an update with some photos and comments by those who are traveling.
We have learned much as this team has been put together. We will have another trip in October.
Dec 20, 2015
Tatarstan Construction Plans