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Yukon minister reflects on church building project in SE Asia

A Yukon church has achieved a monumental goal set 15 years ago to build churches in several countries in Southeast Asia.

Christ Church of Yukon began the project, “Kingdom Churches,” in 2001 with a goal to build a church each year in several underdeveloped areas in that part of the world.

Over the past 15 years, the church has used donated funds to build four churches in India, two in Thailand, five in Burma and four in the Philippines.

The first one was built in India and the last one will be too, according to former CCY Pastor John Miller. The church collects offerings of about $30,000 to $35,000 per year to construct each church.

“We take up the money, send it over there, and their people construct the building” with the help of missionaries, Miller said. “We have always worked with missionaries that we know and trust and basically we’ve worked with the same three sets of missionaries” over the years.

Miller has been to India once and to Thailand twice during the years the Kingdom Churches were being built, and has known some of the missionaries since he attended Bible College in the 1960’s.

“I’ve known the missionaries in the Philippines since the 1980’s and we’ve had a great relationship, Miller said. “The churches are all healthy and growing and are great church facilities.”

Miller has been missions chairman at the church since 2010 and has remained in that position at the request of current CCY Pastor Ron Rasmussen, who has also been instrumental in the church project. The church congregation has given around $500,000 over the 15-year period for construction of the churches and, having attained that goal, the church has set another one that’s not quite so far from home.

“Last summer we had 30 people from the church go down to Guatemala on a mission trip,” Miller said, “and for the next five years our goal is to put money into Guatemala to build a church and a Christian school. A missionary has a school down there and we will work with building the facilities and expanding their capability of working with the children in Guatemala.”

Miller said that Latin America country is closer to home and will allow work teams to go down there “maybe every three or four years,” the former pastor said. Thirty workers went down there this summer and “they had a great experience.”

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