To God be the glory, great things He has done! You have prayed for this to happen and have given so generously. And now, God has answered and provided. This past Sunday, July 24th, we had our first church service in our new building! It’s hard to describe all that happened and the emotions we felt, but we’ll try.
After a flurry of phone calls, e-mails, and trips to the bank, we finally were able to close on the building on July 15th. Walking out of the notary’s office with all of the documents in order and in our name was a huge relief and answer to prayer. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.” We are grateful for how God used many different people, both from our church and other churches, to guide us through this process. Now, with the building in our possession, it was time to begin the move.
The very next day, we went to the airport and picked up a team of twelve people from a supporting church in Tennessee. The timing of this mission trip ended up being a tremendous blessing, as the team was with us for our last Sunday in our old building and for our first Sunday in our new building. In between, they served with great joy and helped us in a hundred different ways.
- They asked many questions and were genuinely interested in the people and ministry.
- They loved and befriended the people. Throughout the week, I saw members of the team praying with individuals, laughing, listening, and serving.
- They cared for our family and loved our kids. Lucas loves to roam, and so they probably saved his life more than once.
- They gave Sarah and me time to get away for a date.
- Besides all of this, they passed out thousands of invitations to church, taught classes and workshops, sang, preached, helped us move to the new building, and did whatever needed to be done.
On Sunday morning, everything was as ready as it could be, and so God’s people gathered and praised Him for His mighty acts and were challenged by the preaching of the Word. Beyond providing us with a building, God is moving in our hearts and molding a church that moves forward by faith.
As we reflect on this milestone, it’s hard to overestimate the importance of what has happened. We firmly believe that this building will be an instrument that God uses in a mighty way for generations to come. Once again, thank you! Without you, this would not have been possible.