Starting in September with the foundation, we were able to build our church ready for Easter Sunday!
This might not sound like a big deal but every brick had to be made on site and all other materials were trucked in from Juba.
We used interlocking bricks to help reduce the cost of using a lot of cement. By March the walls were constructed and the roof trusses were ready.
We had less than a month to get the roof on, add the windows and doors, plaster the interior and pour the flooring. Our dedicated team worked day and night literally to make sure we could have Easter service in the new church and by God’s grace we did it!!
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
On Good Friday, the congregation of CC Tonj met at the IDAT compound and marched two miles through the town to the church land.
We then circled the church and laid hands on the walls as our Senior Pastor, Mabior Bona Bol, prayed and dedicated the church to the Lord for His glory and service.
On Easter Sunday it felt like the entire town had come out for our celebration and first service.
Many of our church plants surrounding Tonj were visiting and celebrating with us that day, so we slaughtered several cows and goats and shared a meal together. After the food and fellowship we headed to the river for a multi-church baptism.
This was our largest baptism to date with 650 people registering and getting baptized from CC Tonj and several CC Church plants.
Since we moved our church from our compound to the new land in 2020, which is a residential area, the church has tripled in size! This created a dilemma and delay as we reassessed the size and budget to build. We still have many things that aren’t quite finished but we rejoice that we are in a dry and sturdy building as we enter this rainy season. Pray we can eventually build overflow verandah’s, offices, Sunday school rooms, restrooms, water and solar power. The vision is that CC Tonj would eventually be able to operate and stand independently. from In Deed and Truth Ministries as a healthy, vibrant, God-fearing church that preaches the Word of God verse by verse!