Church Renovation (Good Doers Pantry and center, kitchen, bathrooms, storage, offices)
After 3 years enduring the destruction of our church building by Hurricane Sandy the blessing arrives in the form a grant from Samaritan's Purse, providing the financial resources to renovate the premises and even make them more practical for the social work and community ministry that we provide as GOOD DOERS. As part of the renovation of our pantry space there is the addition of new double doors and entrance repairs and renovation both on the Neptune Ave side as well as 20th Street, the addition of new bathroom, new flooring, new ceiling and lighting, new offices and storage space, new kitchen renovation, the renovation of existing bathrooms and so on. We give glory to our God and Savior Jesus Christ and express our undying gratitude to the team of Samaritan Purse that has made this possible. Below is the progress of work performed at New Church International.
NEW CEILING INSTALLATION
A complete new ceiling installation with fire rated tiles and 32 new construction recess lighting fixtures and LED lighting. This work also includes demolition and removal of old ceiling, removal of old lighting and repairs of HVAC vents, new thermostat and repairs of air conditioning and heating units.
Offices and Storage Space
Below is the work in progress of the pastor's office, Secretarial office and large storage room. Work includes, ceiling, lighting, walls, electrical outlets, switches, internet wiring, flooring, plastering and painting, new doors and glass window etc.
Two Bathrooms and Kitchen
Work in progress for the installation of two toilets, two bathroom sink and double kitchen sink and grease trap. Below is the excavation, plumbing details, configuration and installation.
Church Entrance Doors
Demolition, preparation and installation of church main entrance.
Good Doers Pantry Entrance Doors
Major demolition, framing, preparation, installation of single glass door and double glass doors, framing ans installation of glass blocks windows, framing ans installation of aluminum boards.
BY GOD'S MERCY AND PURPOSE
On June of 2012 we received a word of prophesy that said that God was going to shift our ministry in a complete new direction. With that in mind and the fact that we had gone through such struggles that had caused some of our former members of the the church to leave, we decided that the experience had been so intense that we should rename the church, to go in the direction that the Holy Spirit was leading us to go. Realizing that we had been made new by the experience we decided to name the church "NEW CHURCH". We also wanted to reach out to every nationality and language, so to make everyone welcome into our church we also added the word "INTERNATIONAL"
During the summer of 2012 with decided to put a tent on 20th Street and Mermaid Ave in Coney Island to do outreach, pray, counsel, preach and provide the community with free Christian literature and free lemonade and ice tea. We did this several days of the week and every Saturday as we also wanted to call attention to the location of the church on 20th Street and Neptune Ave, an area with very little foot traffic which would not allow the community know that we were there serving the spiritual needs of our community. The approach was successful in every way.
On October of 2012 Hurricane Sandy hit New York City and left Coney Island beneath muddy and salty water. Our church facilities were submerged under 6' of water destroying everything that we had. The entire Coney Island area and all its vicinity was left destroyed by the hurricane and without electrical power for over two months. We received the condolences of many people as everyone though that the ministry and God's purpose for New Church International was over.
Little did we know that this was going to be the precise moment in which God was going to shift us into a new direction. We cleaned the facilities threw away everything and without much to offer we open the place up to help a community in despair and suffering. We purchased a generator and connected it to the main box and began to provide heat and light in the church where the community could come to get warm and charge the cell phones. Immediately organizations began to bring aid to the victims to our church facilities and we began to provide food to tens of thousands. We were open everyday form 9am to 10pm and gave relief in the form of food, clothing, Christmas gifts, furniture, counseling, home repairs, financial assistance, advocacy, mental health programs, OSHA programs, connecting thousands of victims with government and charitable resources.
After years of working to help the community since Hurricane Sandy we remain a permanent Food Pantry (Good Doers) and continue to make referrals for the needy and connect them with the resources that they so desperately need.
But although we were successful in helping so many the question remained: Who is going to help us complete the repair and the renovation needed to bring our church facilities? in order to continue to do the ministry for which God had made this moment happened. But God is never late and when He has a purpose there is always a way, and little did we know that many people were being touched by God to donate to Samaritan's Purse to specifically restore churches the were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. What a surprise that was from our Lord and savior Jesus Christ when Brent Hayes of Samaritan's Purse called to let us know that they had been blessed and wanted to bless our church and ministry by restoring our facilities.
The work described in the above photos was funded by Samaritan's Purse and as I told Bro. Brent Hayes, just as God has prophesied in our lives we were shifted and we became a "New Church". We are truly "New Church International", our Good Doers ministry serves a diverse community that includes, Chinese, Russians and hispanics from all part of the world among the many families that we serve.
Yours In Christ,
Rev. Edwin Malave
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