As many of you know I preparied to plant a church late summer of this year. What many of you might not know is I have been waiting and praying for this for 8 years! Waiting is hard but timing is everything. Let me tell you it is HARD! I needed to raise the equivalent of $400,000, build a team of 50 people, and find a venue for us to rent in a city I did not know.
In Plantation, there are 2 public high schools, 2 public middle schools, and 3 private schools. I have called all of them, email all of them, and showed up to all of them requesting a meeting. One high school has a church in it, the other said they were not interested. One middle school did not have a room big enough. One private school said they use their facilities on the weekends, and the rest did not reply to email, phone call, or visit.
Matthew 6:31 So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Let me tell you I was getting worried! I knew I had 5 months until I need a building, but it seemed like the lack of options was closing in all around me. My heart was growing anxious. Then I met a guy who worked at a public park building. He said to come back in a week and he could introduce me to a couple of principals. He did but they did not have the room size I needed, then one of them introduced me to a middle school principal. This was one of the schools that had not replied. She asked what I was looking for. I told her we need a space for the weekends but more importantly we want a school to partner with. She said she had a space but did not have a sound system or lighting. I told her we could install our system. She shared how she needed the money to help feed kids that could not afford breakfast or food for the weekend. I told her we want to help her meet those needs. We could paint, landscape, clean, or whatever they needed. She about cried.
We set up a meeting for the following week. We talked about how we could serve them. We got to pray with them and are looking for some early ways to bless them.
What does this have to do with you? Everything! This school is what I have been praying for for years. God heard my prayers even when I thought they were bouncing off the ceiling. God has filled our church with purpose by meeting the right person at the right time. Many of you have jobs that pay the bills but do not have a purpose. You have prayed and tried to open doors. God is a God of perfect timing, and will open the door for you in His timing! So pray and believe!
But today, ask God to open your eyes to how you can be a blessing to the world you live in!
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