The last home in Seurtulan was completed in July 2011. In total 37 homes have been constructed as well as a church community centre that is currently being used by YWAM for ongoing ministry in the village. Sponsorship of plumber-come-tradie Russell Craig, who served full time as Building Leader, enabled community development education in the basics of construction and irrigation. Yooralla also assisted three young men to undertake formal training in construction, providing the promise of future employment.
On the medical front, Yooralla funded the training of community health worker Rita Sarmento. Doctors and Nurses in our short-term mission teams also ran health education programs and medical clinics.
Spiritually, Roberto Leão Firmino has reached out to the village through discipleship programs. Roberto established regular Church Worship Services that minister into the life of the village and YWAM is running its Discipleship Training Course locally in Seurtulan, with around 17 adults currently participating.
In regards to education, the Norwegian Refugee Council has constructed a three-room school. Donations have enabled the purchase of furniture and curriculum materials for the school. The Government of Timor Lesté has appointed a full-time teacher to educate both children and adults in the community.
Relationally, we have connected with the families through "fun days", football and volley ball games, movie nights and concerts. We have established life-long friendships with all who have been part of this journey. When the final home was completed, the whole village held a ceremony and celebrated with a feast to acknowledge the physical, spiritual and relational transformation of their community.
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