Each church is constructed of brick, mortar and steel and has a seating capacity from 150 to 400 people, depending on the region and country. The structure includes a washroom and small office for the visiting priest. Furnishings include pews, an altar, crucifix, bell, memorial plaque and other items related to the celebration of the sacraments. The church building doubles as a place for prayer and educational activity.
To date, donors have partnered with Franciscan Missions to build churches in: Burundi, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Galapagos Islands, Albania, the Amazon Region, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Senegal.
Prayer life is important to every believer, especially those who struggle for survival every day. The minimum cost to construct this sacred place is $50,000 (dependent on country and location)—an unbelievable figure in our economy. In the overseas missions, less expensive labor and material costs allow us to build at this very affordable sum.