Beverly Hills, Vanuatu
Our church is built in a new area of Port Vila named Beverly Hills. I suppose the developers wanted a name that would get attention—and it certainly has. The area is growing rapidly as lots are sold off to families to build homes.
As people move here, we’ll welcome them and let them know that we are here to serve them.
We purchased four lots for our church. When we bought them most of the lots hadn’t been sold—we were the first in the area. We bought four lots so that we’d have a little space to grow over time. After discussing it, we decided to buy two more lots across the street from the church. Our hope is to build a clinic there as a practical outreach as the community grows.
We want our church to be a resource to the community. As people move here, we’ll welcome them and let them know that we are here to serve them.
Being first in the area has its challenges. The road isn’t paved yet and gets very muddy in wet weather. Also, we don’t have electricity or piped water yet—those services are scheduled to be installed soon. In the meantime, we improvise.
To buy the land we had to take out a bank loan. We are meeting in a variation of a one-day church. When we’ve paid off the land, we’ll build a permanent structure. Currently rain can come in during storms so we’re planning to put up temporary walls.
We are making do, but also dreaming big. Buying good land when it’s available is very important as land around Port Vila is becoming scarce. We pray God will inspire us, lead us and use us to reach this growing community.