Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pampay Roof Dedication

Today, I was blessed to share in the culmination of a dream of my friend, Rafael Araneda, who died with his wife back in 2009.  With the help of many people, a community center has been brought to a new level; including a new kitchen, recreation facility, medical clinic and now a meeting and training center built around what was once only a 2 room schoolhouse.  Today was the dedication with all pomp and circumstance and celebration.


The new directors for Brazos de Jesus invited me to speak for the dedication.  What a blessing it was to see the hand of God take effect.   Yea God!

If you're interested, these were my comments...

Today we come together to celebrate / dedicate, however you wish to describe it, this recent addition to this community center.  This is an incredible gift.  A gift that is the culmination of a dream set forth by my friend Rafael Araneda, who passed this dream onto others including Luis Rodena and the staff of Brazos de Jesus, that have completed the dream.  In fact, there are many that have had a part in this blessing that you do not know.  This is a gift of a vision that reached many people in North America that chose to give to this community.  Today we celebrate that this community has been blessed.  You have received a gift that by the grace of God will serve the community of Pampay for generations to come.

I speak in terms of generations because of a gift that I received.  Since the first day that Man was created by God, this gift began.  We can read throughout the Old Testament that with intention, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the noble men from the days of the patriarchs, it was there that God, the God of creation that made sure that this gift would continue.  Even when the very people that He chose to bless turned their backs on Him, He continued to beckon and encourage them - telling them that even though He would punish them for their disobedience, He still loved them because he said - I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It was 2,000 years ago that this gift was manifested in the love demonstrated for all mankind - that includes you and I.  A man named Jesus, who was also the Son of God, came to this earth and suffered and died for the consequences of our sins.  After three days He proved His power and walked out of His grave.  And all who believe in the name of Jesus Christ can now plan to live for eternity with God.

Jesus told us, while he was here, that we would know who believed in Him, by the actions that were displayed.  Because our actions will always display our beliefs.  Today, we see the results of love demonstrated - love in action.  A beautiful kitchen, a roof over this community center and school, love and care for the community.  I encourage each of you, that when you come with you families, children and grandchildren, participating in the activities under this roof, remember this as a physical representation of God´s love for you.  Don´t worship the building but worship the one who gave this building to you.  Brazos de Jesus is only the distributor.  God has blessed you this day with this new community center.  

Tell your children and their children, so that future generations will know that God loves them.  That they may pass this blessing forward.  He sent His son to die for them, that all who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be with God for eternity.


  1. What a blessing to this commuity that is in so much need. I am so happy to see the progress that continues at AOJ. Steve and I have a special place in our hearts for Pampay and are so pleased to see God's work continue through you all. May God continue to provide you with the opportunities and resources necessary to continue to do His will.
    Sandra & Steve Tharakan

  2. What a great blessing! We are so encouraged by what God is you say, "YEAH, GOD!" This is beautiful and your words were an encouragement, I'm sure.

  3. I add my AMEN to this great gift of love to the people of Pampay.

    Bill Rogers