The ECSS guest house in Juba was in need of a lot of tender loving care. So, rather than put money into tidying it up, the decision was made to dismantle, shore up the foundations, and reconstruct – joining the footprint of existing buildings together, making a large conference room, expanding the number of bedrooms from 30 over 60. Work started and has continued throughout the Covid-19 period – an excellent time to have the facility closed due to decrease in numbers of those travelling – and it is expected that the guest house will reopen in phases so that it will start to generate revenue as the remainder of the building is finished and refurbished.
The cost of the project, including refurnishing, is over $2 million. Dioceses have been asked to contribute though those contributions are slow to come as closure of churches has meant that offerings have ceased.
The vision is that the revenue received from the guest house (accommodation, conference facilities and restaurant) will enable the ECSS to be self-sufficient so the church are praying for the necessary resources to complete the project.