Each year, the Minnesota United Methodist Builders chooses to support the building projects of two churches across Minnesota. The goal of MN UM Builders is to assist churches in need of fi nancial support for their building, remodel, or expansion projects. By providing support for the building projects of churches, it allows them to grow current ministries or build new ministries to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The current fundraising efforts are for Rapha Tabernacle of Glory. Give online.
Rapha Tabernacle of Glory in St. Paul, Minnesota, was founded in 2015 by Pastor Mickson Deronvil, who had a calling to start a church that ministers to the Haitian community in Minnesota. While it is a small congregation, their ministry is thriving. They hold Sunday school for all ages every week, host community meals for the surrounding neighborhood, and have started a second service to reach the next generation of English-speaking Haitians.
“Our greatest hope for Rapha Tabernacle of Glory is to have all the community come together, not only the Haitian community but the community around the church. Our goal is to bring more people to the kingdom of God, and we want everybody to know that Jehovah Rapha is still the best healer. (“Jehovah Rapha” is a Hebrew word that means God our healer.) He has the capacity to heal the broken world,” says Deronvil.
Since the church moved into their church building, they have experienced problems with their furnaces. Because the furnaces were so old, furnace technicians were not able to provide any sort of permanent fix. Over the years, they have done what they can to patch the furnaces to make them work.
In January of 2021, after extensive gas leaks were discovered, it was decided it was time to replace the furnaces. Rapha Tabernacle of Glory had to resort to using four space heaters to warm the building, something that is not very effective in combating the cold of Minnesota winters, as a temporary solution. While getting quotes to replace their three furnaces, it was also discovered that a hot water heater also needed to be replaced.
As a newer and small congregation, Rapha Tabernacle of Glory does not have the financial capacity of much larger and longer standing churches in the Minnesota United Methodist Conference. Church members have raised about $5,000 for this project but another $15,000 is needed to finish paying for the cost of the project.
We are so grateful for your continued support of the MN UM Builders and ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to support Rapha Tabernacle of Glory. The gifts for this call will be received until Sept. 30, 2021. Learn more or give online.