The Evangelical Church Center: Home to over 50 congregations.
It began as a dream, an idea, a vision in 2004. It was a vision that grew out of a need. Our worship center (built in 1994) was too small. Eighteen congregations shared the center. There wasn’t enough room for our English language congregation, let alone all the other congregations. There wasn’t enough space
in the worship halls for those who wanted to worship. There weren’t enough classrooms for all the classes and Bible Studies that wanted to meet and grow
in their Christian faith.
The vision became a drawing, an architect’s idea committed to paper. Committees started to meet. Fund raising began. In May, 2006, demolition of half of the old building started. In February, 2008 we moved into the completed Phase 1: two new chapels, five new classrooms, a multipurpose hall in the basement, offices and two flats.
As soon as we moved into Phase 1, work was started on Phase 2. The remaining wing of the old building was demolished, and construction began. Twenty months later, the dream became a completed reality. During the month of October, 2009, we moved into the finished building. The entire completed building contains four worship halls, a Christian bookstore, a multipurpose hall, ten classrooms, storage areas, offices and several flats for pastors. Our church has a beautiful suite of offices on the second floor. Over fifty different congregations now share the building.
The scope, size and beauty of the new building far exceeded our original dream. God’s provision to make it possible has been absolutely amazing! Many gave generously during the building process. Many have continued to give generously in the years since. God has blessed abundantly and we are ahead of all our projections. But there is still work to be done. At present (March, 2013), the remaining indebtedness is approximately 6 million UAE dirhams (US $ 1.6 million), down from 12 million dirhams when the project was completed. If you would like to make a donation to help pay this off, see the right panel of this page for details.
Whenever I stand, looking up at the building, one verse of Scripture keeps running through my mind:
“The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:3)