Thursday, May 22, 2014

they're coming

Architect's Model of the Proposed New Sanctuary for The Community Fellowship

I can picture in my mind what it must have been like for Paul Revere early in our nation’s history as he passed his message on that “the British are coming”.  There was fear, anxiety, preparation and so much more going on.  It was a time of unrest, but it was also a time of freedom of being declared because it was a new day.

Several times this week I have walked through our new campus property as we prepare to begin the build out process.  This next week is Memorial Day, and a mission team of sixty plus men is coming to our place to begin framing the walls.  It is an excited time.  My imagination has been running fast.  The vision we have had for this property is coming to life.  They’re coming!

Then, by the will of God, I will be able to come to you with a joyful heart, and we will be an encouragement to each other.

You have a large number of skilled stonemasons and carpenters and craftsmen of every kind.

It began in a way that I didn’t expect.  As our church began to look for property to expand the church we found the former American Standard Building Systems place and began to circle it in prayer.  A pastor friend from South Carolina, David Moore, prayed often and stayed in contact with us about our next step.  Years before our mission team went to his place to help build their church’s new building.

After seven long months we finally owned the property (22 acres and 148,000 square feet under roof), and we began cleaning.  It was a few months later that Pastor Moore asked us about hosting mission teams to help build out our new campus.  He brought a small team last year and sent others to help as well.  Then, another door opened.  A large team that goes out each Memorial Day was offered to us.

This coming week a huge team will be with us to do things much quicker than we have thought possible.  God has put so much together.  He is making it all happen, and they’re coming!

To make this even sweeter, as some of the team leaders came to visit us I was reacquainted with a contractor from the Richmond area.  His name is Avery.  He arrived, and it hit me.  This was the contractor who led the first mission project that I was part of when we moved to Virginia.  It was also his home church.  My former church, The Orchard, went on an annual mission trip, and in 2001 we went to Ashland, Virginia and helped Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Coming full circle has new meaning.  13 years ago we helped Avery’s church, and now he’s coming to us to make our new campus come into existence.  It really is sweet.

They’re coming!  I ask for your prayers.  Pray for the mission team as they travel and work.  They bring everything with them other than the building materials.  Pray for the resources to buy those materials.  We will be providing an evening meal for the team Sunday through Thursday.  If you would like to help with the meals, let me know.  Pray for the project as it comes together.

It is almost surreal.  The building is finally becoming a reality.  I’m reminded daily that our ministry and church is not focusing on or putting all our resources in to property.  It is about people.  There are people across our community and our region of the world that need to see the love of God lived out in front of them.  That is our calling.  That is our commitment.  I once again ask you to join us and our ministry partners as position ourselves to help more people.

If you would like to give to make this a reality, go to THIS LINK and click “vision fund” as you give online.  Thank you for an even more important piece.  Will you partner with us in prayer? 

for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.

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