Exciting Times

God is so good! Over the past six months we have witnessed doors opening and closing in ways that we can only attribute to him. It makes me think of Psalm 8.1-4:
 
Lord, our Lord,
     how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
     in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
     you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
     to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
     the work of your fingers,
     the moon and the stars,
     which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
     human beings that you care for them?
 
It’s incredible and humbling to think that God, the creator of the universe, takes care of us. What an assurance!
In recent weeks we have been surprised again in some pretty incredible ways.
  • A Burmese congregation from the area has made an offer on the building and the elders have accepted. This is incredible for a few reasons: we never expected to sell this quickly, the commercialization of the area does not affect this congregation because they are ethnically driven and the building will continue to be used to praise Jesus.
  • We have received a grant to receive a project manager for the replant. This person will make sure we take all the appropriate steps and take care of our legal needs. What a gift!
This accelerates our timeline quite a bit! Let me give you a brief timeline of how the next few months will look if everything goes as planned (which they rarely do).
  • June 13, the elders accepted an offer for the sale of the building
  • July 12, the building inspection must be complete
  • August 23, we close on the sale
  • August 25 is the final service in our current building. This will be a huge party (I hear there may be bbq ribs)!
  • Save this date on your calendars.
  • August 27, we give the keys to Mara Evangelical Church.
  • September 22, we launch in our new (mobile) location.
Suffice it to say, there is a lot going on right now! This is an incredibly exciting time. It will be good, and in some ways, it will be hard. Through it all we will keep our eyes on Jesus. He has been so incredibly good to us. I’ll end this with Paul’s words to the church in Ephesus,
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
 
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3.14-21
 
Yours and His,
Steve

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