Major refurbishment works to TEAMS church are underway
Major refurbishment works to TEAMS church are underway

TEAMS Church is undergoing a major refurb!

Leaking gutters and more than 20 years of use and exposure to the harsh equatorial weather have taken their toll on the fabric of TEAMS church and administrative offices (built in 2002) so action was urgently needed before the decaying brickwork caused structural issues.

Whilst on site earlier this year, TEAMS chairman, Duncan Watt met with local builders and agreed a specification of works which, when completed should give the church complex a new lease of life.

New gutters, partial replacement of failing roof sheets, new drainage and soakaways, brickwork repairs and a new 1 m high external render around the base of the church together with a complete external redecoration will transform what had become a very tired building. Whilst these works are being undertaken, new access and landscaping to the front of the church will be provided. This follows the loss of the site frontage and several smaller buildings when the new national road was built in front of TEAMS site last year.

This is a major programme of works for TEAMS and is costing a lot of money. However, the “silver lining” arising from the loss of 10% of our site to the new road is that 75% of the costs of these works will be met from the residue of compensation received from the Roads Authority. The compensation we received for our loss has already been partly spent building a substantial new boundary wall, gates, guard house and cycle store, together, more recently, with a new kitchen and store.

TEAMS church is proud to stand at the centre of the Layibi community and will continue to preach the Word of God and serve those in need.

Please continue to hold TEAMS in your prayers. The challenges we face are growing as the needs in this troubled part of Central Africa get greater. The rich are getting richer, but for the vast majority who live in extreme poverty, life is extremely difficult.