AS a chairlady of the South Seas Evangelical Church (SSEC) Church of Naoasi Community in East Kwara’ae, Malaita province, Mary Banau saw the urgent requirement to address the infrastructural needs of her rural congregation.
For many years, the congregation of Naoasi village have left their local church untouched from construction, however in 2016 through her leadership and directive as the chairlady of church fundraising committee, Mary decided to make a progress in the completion the church building infrastructure.
“As the chair lady of our local church committee, I have seen many challenges that members of this village have gone in terms of their endless commitments to funding contributions and fundraising activities to support the reconstruction of our local church,” she told Solomon Women.
However, in December of last year (2017) – the sacrifices and commitments of the rural congregation of Naoasi Community was finally paid off after the final completion and official opening of their new rural church building.
“After exactly two years of financial challenge in our efforts to raise funds for the new church building, it gradually made progress after the community witness the official completion and opening of the church construction project at the end of last year.
“This was a pride for me as a chair lady especially in taking up the great pride and responsibility in leading my people to complete the local church building in our village.
“After all it has been a great and uphill challenge for me especially being a female leader in trying to convince and organise the community with the fundraising efforts and also to ensure the draw up of an action plan to complete this church building,” she recalled.
She added that the church building project was first started when she was still very young and up to this year, it has been more than twenty years since the people of Naoasi have finally made an attempt to complete the church building.
“Many of our community pastors, elders and chiefs, who have made efforts to initiate the church building construction have all gone.”
Meanwhile, Mary would like to acknowledge the community for their cooperative efforts in the completion of the church building project.
“I would like to thank all members of the Naoasi committee and village members for their great effort and mostly to our Heavenly Father for all His blessings to ensure the church building is completed as anticipated throughout the initial planning phases of the project,” she said.