The First Church in Shandan County of Gansu to Be Dedicated in June
By Josiah Li, March 28, 2017 01:03 AM
The first church located in Shandan County, Zhangye, Gansu Province, is estimated to be dedicated this June. The interior decoration is currently ongoing after the completion of the church's main part.
Elder Zhang Xiaoying, the church's leader, said that the new church consists of a chapel and a comprehensive building which covers 5 mu or 0.824 acres. The construction began in July 2016 and cost 3.25 million yuan. The whole budget is expected to reach to 4 million yuan. The church has already paid 1.5 million yuan for the project.
The history of the church can be traced back to 1990 when there was just three believers. Throughout the decade, the congregation gathered at the homes of different believers. In 2004, the church purchased a believer's farmhouse with four rooms and two kitchens. The house occupies an area of 239 m2 (0.059 acre) with a construction area of 168 m2 (0.042 acre).
The church began the preparation for the new church construction in April 2014 when it received a demolition notice from the local development. It got a legal construction license after a year worth of efforts.
It has the average Sunday attendance of around 40 to 50 people. The attendance reaches over 70 and about 300 in the Lord's Supper Service and the Christmas service respectively.
The main part of the new church has been completed.
blueprint of the Church.
Translated by Karen Luo
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