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Pender Correctional Institute - Chapel

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The Religious Services Department at Pender Correctional Institution plans and conducts from 30 to 45 religious programs each week.  In 2007 inmate attendance at the programs of the Religious Services Department totaled 15,660.    These programs may be worship services, study programs, fellowship activities, concerts or programs aimed at helping the men be better fathers. 

Approximately 145 religious volunteers assist with the ministry contributing 6,000 hours per year.  At the present time many programs must meet in borrowed spaces when and where available.  Scheduling is very difficult and not conducive to the quality of ministry needed.  Religious programming provides each inmate with a positive influence better equipping him to have a change of heart, leading him to put away a life of crime and become a productive citizen upon release.  Unfortunately, inmates have had to be turned away on occasion from programming that they wished to attend due to lack of space.

The new chapel will allow for the expansion of the ministry options in the prison, providing adequate space for all the functions.

There is a real need for an adequate Religious Services Center at Pender Correctional Institution (PCI) in Burgaw, NC.  Pender CI is a 765 bed medium security state prison located in Burgaw, NC.  Currently, there is a 20’ X 24’ room designated as the chapel.  This room is large enough to hold a group of up to about 22 people, but must also serve as the chapel library and storage space for equipment used in the various religious services.  It is totally inadequate for the majority of the worship services and many of the other activities that the Religious Services Department promotes.  When a larger crowd is anticipated, other space must be arranged to accommodate the program.

The structure will have an auditorium that will accommodate 200+ inmates, two classrooms which would accommodate 20 people for small group worship or study programs, office space, equipment storage area and restrooms.  More importantly, perhaps, the building will be designed for religious services.  The other spaces in the prison are mostly utilitarian, concrete blocks painted gray.  The chapel will be bright, open with a large stained glass window in the worship area.  It will have a feel that is entirely different than any other space in the prison.  When an inmate enters that Religious Services Center, he will immediately know that this is a place where he can sense the presence of God.

In a typical week at PCI, the Religious Services Department will sponsor between 25 to 40 different worship services, study groups or fellowship meetings attracting anywhere from 5 to 200+ inmates.  At present, all of these meet in spaces that were not designed for religious use.  Inmates who are trying to get their lives straightened out deserve facilities that will promote that type of transformation.

The proposed RSC will allow three events to take place simultaneously under one roof, enormously easing the scheduling problems that currently exist.  It will allow the chaplains to spend more of their time in providing services to inmates and less on administration.

In Hebrews 13:3 the author admonishes the believers to “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners”.  The inmates at PCI do not have any choices about where to worship.  They can only use what is provided for them.  Chuck Colson has said If you only educate a criminal, all you will have is a smarter criminal.  You have to change his heart.”  Much is made of ‘rehabilitation programs’ in prison, but the reality is that the only programs that attempt to change the hearts of inmates are the religious programs.  The Religious Services Center at PCI is a very great need that the faith communities of southeastern North Carolina can help to provide so that God can use it to change the hearts of inmates.
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The right side of the building holds a mosaic stained glass window which faces east to catch the morning sun.  This window follows the shape of the cathedral ceiling in the worship area and will be the focal point of the building.

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AC14-030d New Construction Construction 5/1/201411/30/2014 Mathias, WV
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AC14-036b Church Remodel Construction 5/1/201411/30/2014 Wierton, WV
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AC15-001a Outreach/Evangelism/Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/20159/30/2015 Marlington, WA
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AC15-001b Outreach/Evangelism/Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/20159/30/2015 Marlington, WA
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AC15-001c Outreach/Evangelism/Construction Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/20159/30/2015 Marlington, WA
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AC15-004a Parsonage Remodel/Vacation Bible School Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201511/30/2015 Weirton, WV
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AC15-004b Vacation Bible School/Parsonage Remodel Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/201511/30/2015 Weirton, WV
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AC15-005 Sports Camp/Construction Camps / Retreats, Construction, Sports 6/1/20158/31/2015 Manchester, KY
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AC15-007a Community Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism 4/1/201512/31/2015 Coeburn, VA
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AC15-007b Community Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism 4/1/201512/31/2015 Coeburn, VA
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AC15-008a Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
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AC15-008b Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
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AC15-008c Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
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AC15-008d Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
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AC15-008e Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
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AC15-008f Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
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AC15-008g Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
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AC15-008h Construction/VBS/Outreach Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsburg, KY
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AC15-012 Construction Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Williamsbury, KY
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AC15-013a Construction/Outreach Construction, Evangelism 4/1/201510/31/2015 Logan, WV
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AC15-013b Construction/Outreach Construction, Evangelism 4/1/201510/31/2015 Logan, WV
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AC15-014a Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism 3/1/201510/31/2015 Old Fields, WV
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AC15-014b Outreach/Construction Construction, Evangelism 3/1/201510/31/2015 Old Fields, WV
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AC15-016a Children and Youth Ministries Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Mars Hill, NC
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AC15-016b Children and Youth Ministries Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201512/31/2015 Mars Hill, NC
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AC15-017a Home Repair Construction 5/1/201511/30/2015 Fayetteville, WV
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AC15-017b Home Repair Construction 5/1/201511/30/2015 Fayetteville, WV
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AC15-017c Home Repair Construction 5/1/201511/30/2015 Fayetteville, WV
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CU14-24 Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 11/14/201411/21/2014 Santiago, Santiago
Cuba
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CU14-26 Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/4/201412/12/2014 Santiago, Santiago
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CU14-Agriculture Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 11/11/201411/14/2014 Santiago, Santiago
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CU15-02 Deep Impact Pre Trip Camps / Retreats, Construction, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 2/19/20152/24/2015 Santiago, Santiago de Cuba
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CU15-03 Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 2/26/20153/6/2015 Santiago, Santiago
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CU15-04 Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 2/28/20153/7/2015 Santiago, Santiago
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GU14-141 Guatemala Mission Construction 11/1/201411/8/2014 Xela, Guatemala
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GU14-143 Guatemala Mission Construction 11/15/201411/22/2014 Xela, Guatemala
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GU14-204 Children's Home Assistants Construction 4/5/20144/5/2014 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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GU15-100 Guatemala Mission Construction 1/24/20151/31/2015 Xela, Guatemala
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GU15-201 Children's Home Assistants Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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HN14-128 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 10/29/201411/6/2014 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-102 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 1/14/20151/22/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-103 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 1/26/20152/3/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-104 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 2/4/20152/12/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-105 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 2/16/20152/24/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-108 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 3/16/20153/24/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-109 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 4/6/20154/14/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-114 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 5/27/20156/4/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-115 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 6/8/20156/16/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-120 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 7/29/20158/6/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-122 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 8/19/20158/27/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-124 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 9/16/20159/24/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-128 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 10/28/201511/5/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-129 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 11/7/201511/14/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN15-130 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 11/16/201511/24/2015 Southern Honduras, ---
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HW15-002b Maintenance/Light Construction/Landscaping Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Waianae, HI
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HW15-002c Maintenance/Light Construction/Landscaping Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Waianae, HI
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HW15-003a Camp Assistants Camps / Retreats, Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Oahu, HI
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HW15-003b Camp Assistants Camps / Retreats, Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Oahu, HI
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HW15-003c Camp Assistants Camps / Retreats, Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Oahu, HI
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HW15-003d Camp Assistants Camps / Retreats, Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Oahu, HI
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HW15-003e Camp Assistants Camps / Retreats, Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Oahu, HI
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HW15-003f Camp Assistants Camps / Retreats, Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Oahu, HI
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India
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KY14-008 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 11/4/201411/14/2014 Kisumu, None
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KY15-003 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 2/3/20152/13/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya
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KY15-005 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 3/3/20153/13/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya
KY15-007 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 6/16/20156/26/2015 Kisumu, None
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KY15-009 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 7/7/20157/17/2015 Kisumu, None
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KY15-010 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 7/28/20158/7/2015 Kisumu, None
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PA15-006 Re-pointing of Brick Façade at Church Construction 6/1/20158/31/2015 Altoona, PA
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PA15-009 Construction at Church Construction 9/26/20142/28/2015 Lower Burrell, PA
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PA15-010a Addition to Church Construction 6/1/20159/30/2015 Lower Burrell, PA
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PA15-010b Addition to Church Construction 6/1/20159/30/2015 Lower Burrell, PA
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PA15-010c Addition to Church Construction 6/1/20159/30/2015 Lower Burrell, PA
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PA15-010d Addition to Church Construction 6/1/20159/30/2015 Lower Burrell, PA
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RM15-001 Road Repair/Construction Construction 6/29/20147/3/2015 Casper, WY
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RM15-002 Construction Construction 6/29/20147/3/2015 Casper, WY
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SA - 14 Cape Town Camps / Retreats, Construction, Music / Drama, Prayer, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/26/20141/4/2015 Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa
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SA14-Cape Town Construction, Evangelism, Prayer, Sports 12/26/20141/5/2015 Cape Town, Cape Town
South Africa
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VT14-012a Construction/Parsonage Construction 3/1/201411/30/2014 East Hubbardton, VT
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VT15-001 Replace Roof Construction 4/1/201510/31/2015 Newbury, VT
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VT15-002 Repairs to Parsonage Construction 5/1/20159/30/2015 Washington, VT
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VT15-003 Painting and Church Repair Construction 3/1/201510/31/2015 Peacham, VT
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VT15-004 Carpet Removal and Staining Construction 5/1/20159/30/2015 Barre, VT
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VT15-005 Winterization of Ministry Building Construction 5/1/20159/30/2015 Barre, VT
United States
VT15-006 Wheelchair Access and Patio Construction Construction 5/1/20159/30/2015 Barre, VT
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VT15-007 Church Sign Installation Construction 5/1/20159/30/2015 Barre, VT
United States
VT15-008 Church Clean and Paint / Evangelism Construction, Evangelism 6/1/20156/30/2015 West Topsham, VT
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VT15-016 Painting Construction 4/1/201510/31/2015 North Bennington, VT
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VT15-017 VBS and Church Repairs Construction, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 6/1/20158/31/2015 North Bennington, VT
United States
VT15-018 Painting/Outreach Construction, Evangelism 6/1/20158/31/2015 Lancaster, NH
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VT15-020 Parsonage Repairs Construction 5/1/20159/30/2015 Lyndon Center, VT
United States
VT15-021 Sports Camp/Construction Construction, Sports 6/1/20158/31/2015 West Pawlet, VT
United States
VT15-022 Church Siding Replacement Construction 4/1/201510/31/2015 Washington, VT
United States
VT15-024 Chimney Liner Replacement Construction 4/1/201510/31/2015 North Bennington, VT
United States
VT15-026a Camp Cleanup and Preparation Construction 6/20/20156/27/2015 Rumney, NH
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VT15-026b Camp Cleanup and Preparation Construction 6/20/20156/27/2015 Rumney, NH
United States
VT15-026c Camp Cleanup and Preparation Construction 6/20/20156/27/2015 Rumney, NH
United States
VT15-027 Replace Roof Construction 5/1/20159/30/2015 Newbury, VT
United States
VT15-028 Graveling/Paving Construction 5/1/20159/30/2015 Newbury, VT
United States
VT15-029 Church Basement Renovation Construction 5/1/201510/31/2015 Sheffield, VT
United States
VT15-030 Painting, Carpet and VBS Construction, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 5/1/20159/30/2015 Newbury, VT
United States
VT15-031 Construction/Outreach Construction, Evangelism 5/1/20159/30/2015 Newbury, VT
United States
VT15-032 Construction/Backyard Bible Clubs Construction, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 6/13/20156/17/2015 Whiting, VT
United States
VT15-033 Construction of Bible College Classrooms Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Bennington, VT
United States
VT15-034 Renovation for Bible School Dormitory Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Bennington, VT
United States
VT15-036 Renovation for Bible College Library Construction 1/1/201512/31/2015 Bennington, VT
United States
VT15-038a Servant Evangelism Construction, Evangelism 6/14/20158/31/2015 Montpelier, VT
United States
VT15-038b Servant Evangelism Construction, Evangelism 6/14/20158/31/2015 Montpelier, VT
United States