Hello everyone and happy June! Yes, we are now half way through 2017. My how time flies by as we travel further down this road of life. Four years ago I never would have thought I would be walking across the stage at Moody church to shake hands with the president of Moody Bible Institute to receive my diploma but what do ya know, I am now a college graduate! Look out world! But really, life passes us by so quickly that we don't have time to sit idly by and fret about tomorrow, "for so do all who live to see such times, but that is not for us to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
And so we move forward. A few weeks or maybe a month or two ago now (again, time flies) we mentioned to all of you that we were still interested in serving God either foreign or domestic, or a combination of the two, and that we were looking at the purchase of a building to use as a home/mission community center for Jersey Shore. Well we have been talking with contractors, electricians, environmental removal services for possible asbestos, etc. We have made many phone calls, and returned some. And we believe that God is keeping this door open. We are growing very excited for what our path continues to hold.
So what is the point? I am glad you asked. We are asking you all to pray, pray about giving. In a week we are going to pray, and as long as the door remains open we will be launching a GoFundMe page to begin fund raising to purchase this building. For those of you who missed this news please see "New Dreams and New Plans" posted on 4/10/17. There is even a picture of the building we are hoping to purchase.
Now to put some details this building has sat empty, except for a large amount of trash, for the last several years, at least about 5. There is a lot of space that just needs some TLC. But there is also a lot that needs to be repaired, updated, or down right replaced. Without giving too much away and because we don't have specifics just yet, only estimates, we are looking somewhere in the ball park of 300,000. Yes that is in US dollars, and not in Monopoly money. But praise God we serve the Creator of the world. He owns it all already so nothing is beyond him. This is just initial start up, and not what we will need in monthly support to keep the building up and running for ministry. But one step at a time.
We know that this all may be a bit overwhelming to some of you but we are asking that you please pray. We believe strongly in this as we have always believed that God has a mission for our family. But just as when we served over seas so too here we could not move forward without our family of friends and prayer warriors. The battle is not over yet, God still has more he has called to hear his word, but "how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" Romans 10:14-15. Please consider helping us to go and reach those who have not heard, or have heard but maybe just need a push in the right direction.
Again, we will be setting up a GoFundMe page in about a week so please be praying through this next week how God can use you to be a part of this mission and we will let you all know when the page is posted to donate. If anyone wants more info please either leave a comment in the comments section of this post, or on our Facebook, or through our email if you know it, we will try to reply as soon as we are able. Thank you again and may God be praised for all he has done and is going to do, to him be the glory and praise. Thank you all for stopping by and reading our blog. God bless you through your week. Talk to you soon.