The Church of the Nazarene in Haiti is growing faster than churches can be built. In 2014, the number of new preaching points increased almost 40% over the previous year to 900 and more than 1,000 church buildings are needed in Haiti right now.
In an effort to keep up with the growing demand, last year Work & Witness Haiti started the Patio Church project. In the first year, 24 of these structures were built or funded. Now leaders are asking “What is the next step after these new congregations have outgrown the patio church?”
Work & Witness Haiti is starting a new project called The Chapel Factory. The Chapel Factory builds steel columns and trusses and then transports them along with the roofing material to the project site, where they are built in two to three days. The local congregation will dig the holes and prepare the land before the material arrives. After the structure is completed, local members will finish the building by putting up the blocks and finishing the floor when they have the resources available.
Construction will start on the factory this year with plans to start manufacturing trusses and columns soon after that.