Local Church Working to Open New Outreach Center in Midland

By Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A new addition is coming to the Midland K-Mart shopping center but it's not a store.

A local church is paying as they go to build a new outreach center, and they're trying to raise almost $700,000 to get it done.

It doesn't look like much, but to Christian Fellowship International Church the abandoned building they bought is a miracle. One they hope will soon be an outreach center for Midland.

"We want to love our community and because of the vision of which we are we decided that it was time to act," Pastor Elias Rodriguez said. "Not only speak about what we could do, but do what we were saying we could do."

The church has renovated the roof and cleaned up the inside of the building that had been abandoned for about 10 years.

But they still have a long way to go before its good enough for Midland families.

Church members hope the center will be a safe and fun place for kids to hang out after school. They hope to see tons of kids especially since both a junior high and an elementary school are less than a mile away.

"For us the children and the youth are our ministry," Rodriguez said. "Because if we are able to [teach] them how to live righteously and how to be able to continue life and how to exceed then, we don't only affect one family but the entire community."

They plan to build a gym area for basketball, volleyball and soccer. Not to mention a library, classrooms, counseling areas for parents and more.

One church member who lives in the area thinks the neighborhood will embrace the center.

"Around this area there's not really a whole lot for the children to be able to come to and join and have a place to fellowship with other children in a positive way," Raquel Galvan, the Church's Outreach Director, said. "So I really think that the center is going to bring a lot of love and support for the community."

But to make their dream come true, the church says they'll need Midland's help.

If you're interested in learning more about Christian Fellowship International Church and their outreach center, you can reach them at 432-522-2900 or send an email to ccimidland@aol.com.