The very idea of building a three-story, cement block structure on an old landfill in Honduras is absolutely daunting to most of us, but with over 45 years of construction experience, Saul Romero was not intimidated in the least! He received his technical training in construction in Costa Rica. Mr. Romero then worked under engineers for ten years designing and constructing bridges, public buildings, and private residences before branching out and heading up construction projects of his own.
Mr. Romero notes that while the actual construction on Jubilee’s new school building started in October, 2014, the plan and vision for it started years earlier. When David shared with his father the dream God had given him and Emily—to start a Christian school in the impoverished, violent community of La Era—Mr. Romero started to pray and to look for property. In such a crowded area, this was no small feat, but God faithfully worked out every detail ahead of them, and they were eventually able to purchase the existing property.
Mr. Romero supervised up to 50 workers at a time including carpenters, masons, electricians, plumbers, and general laborers. Despite the fact that there were no hard hats, work gloves, or OSHA approved safety harnesses, the project finished in February, 2016 with no injuries. Praise be to God for his protection! Even better, Mr. Romero says that he spent time praying with and sharing the gospel with his laborers; two of them accepted Christ and now attend Jubilee’s church!
Because of his emotional investment and love for Jubilee’s ministry, Mr. Romero states that this has been his favorite construction project by far. He was so blessed by the many US mission teams that came to pray over the project, and he is so thankful for their support and friendship. After pouring his heart, body, and soul into the project for a year and a half, you can just imagine how absolutely excited and delighted he was to welcome students on their first day of classes! He says that he enjoys going from classroom to classroom to visit with the students and teachers, to pray with them, and to remind them that, Lord willing, they are just the beginning, the start of a legacy.
Thank you, Saul Romero, for the enormous part you played in making this dream a reality!