THE PORTA-BEC is born in PORT ELIZABETH
The concept of a moveable BEC hit me early one morning in July and life has never been the same since!
With limited funds and human resources in a small ecclesia it seemed that there should still be a way to run a Bible Education Centre (BEC) without the expense and commitment of hiring a shop and running it on a full time basis. A 6m (20ft) container seemed to be the way to go with the added benefit of it being 99% theft-proof! Time will tell.
With the dramatic rise in the price of steel in just the last 12 months, most firms are choosing to refurbish rather than replace, resulting in a dearth of suitable stock. From watching the swop columns and visiting firms that deal in 2nd hand containers it was apparent that prices range from R11k – R27k depending on quality: with much patience and time one can find cheaper. We were finally able to find one on tender at Telkom and after much prayer put in a price of R8100 plus VAT. Success! It was the best on offer and we secured it by R100! It is in pretty good condition and with the wonderful help of the P2P 2010 team managed to make it look very respectable. Pictures and paint, table and chairs and away we go!
We had our grand opening on Saturday 30th August with lots of invitations being given out and opening specials - cheap Bibles, balloons, BEC pens for all who sign up etc. 30 have registered for correspondence courses in the first few days and lots of preaching material has been given out.
We are so thankful to our Heavenly Father for all His blessings in this project; also the wonderful support of the 2010 COP Trust and P2P workers led by Big Ben Dailey the Ozzie cum S. African who leave plastered with orange BEC paint!
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