Beda Robles’s seven-year quest for permission to construct a proper place of worship for the Evangelical Churches Alliance Qatar (ECAQ) ended with a phone call late last month from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “He said ‘I have good news,’ and I just knew. All our years of praying and hoping had come to fruition,” said Robles, a 59-year-old Filipino expat who is the chairman and a founding member of ECAQ. The new place of worship will be several kilometers outside of central Doha in Mesaimeer’s religious complex, next to the Catholic Church Of Our Lady Of Rosary. ECAQ has approximately 1,200 members who hail primarily from the Phillipines, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. The 28-year-old organization has historically held worship sessions in villas and other private homes. It secured a lease contract for the land in 2013, but had to wait for official government approval before it could start raising money for the QR100 million (US$27.47 million) church. Read full story: DOHA NEWS Thoughts?