It is always a pleasure to bring you, my family and friends, up to date with what is happening on the Missions of Nueva Prosperina, Guayaquil. Indeed, since every day brings you a novelty, it is difficult to fit everything in.
Basically we need money to buy:
• Benches at £30 each.
• Plastic Chairs for the hall – £300.
• Altar and lectern – £1,500
• Church Roof – £2,500
This present edition brings you from Easter to the present moment – July, when I am gearing up to come home to Scotland for my annual preaching assignments to raise funds for the St James’ Society
In this Newsletter:
Our Parish School
As if one building site was not enough… we are now continuing to build at the Parish School. Since last I wrote to you, we have inaugurated the new classrooms and the School Chapel. The inauguration itself was a tremendous affair with the Archbishop once again visiting us with his entourage of donors from the U.S.A.
These donors had donated the most money to the project but I would say that over a third of the school building has been funded from Scotland. So, we have started a new year (April) with these new classrooms and a classic-looking chapel (we also use the chapel for a nneeww Saturday Catechism Mass which is always packed). Having said that, with these new buildings the school building programme was only half finished and it was with great excitement that I received from a donor in England enough money to start the next phase. So we are well under way with building three more classrooms (to take us up to nine brick built classes, leaving five classrooms of bamboo housing 250 pupils). We will also be laying a patio / playground to replace the dust / dirty area outside.