Yesterday I had a unique privilege. CSI Jamaican Field Director Mike Ginter took me around the parish of St Mary to show me some of the works of CSI. One of our first stops was in the district of Carron Hall where we paid a visit to the Maranatha Community Church. Waiting on us at the church was Sister Ermin Rose.
Sister Rose, whose husband Fred was pastor for many years, took me on a tour. Maranatha started meeting in a small board building in 1991. Soon more space was needed. The decision was made to construct a new building, with work beginning in 1999. In 2004 the new building was dedicated, and the church took occupancy debt free. To quote Sister Rose, “everybody did their part”.
The exciting part of this story to me, however, is the role CSI has played in the growth of this church. From the beginning, CSI teams helped with construction of the building. Because of their special relationship and involvement with Maranatha, Spencer and Linda Pittman are honored by the church. It seemed that with every other breath Sister Rose was saying “CSI did this…..” But the influence of CSI extended beyond the walls of the church building. Some 15+ members at Maranatha are living in homes constructed by CSI teams.
Yet, what really is a CSI team? It is simply a group of believers from one local church who have desire to help another local church. It’s all about the churches working together to bring honor and glory to the Lord. At CSI, we simply make the connection and coordinate the details. The work is done by normal people in normal churches. But lives are changed, and the Savior is exalted.
There are many churches in Jamaica just like Maranatha. They are making a great difference in their community, but they could use a partner. Would your church consider joining us on a trip to Jamaica? You just might make an impact for all of eternity.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” 1 Corinthians 3:6