I just read this on AustinGardner.net and couldn’t wait to share it! Please, pray with us. God is doing great things at Vision and I think all of you know that. I am so excited to see steady growth. You are all such a blessing to me. We are about to put in the bathrooms, change the stairs, and expand the room upstairs. We will soon move on to think about building some nurseries and putting up a wall to close off the auditorium. Things are slowly coming together. The wonderful thing is that we are meeting budget and have no debt. God has greatly blessed our church. At the same time we are giving over $100,000 a year to missions. We currently use our building fund to improve our rented building. I thank you for giving to this fund. The money is obviously very needed. We are about to deplete all of our resources in the improvements that we will be doing. I do not know if you have considered this but for us to get land will cost probably $500,000. We have already given away more than that in our short life as a church. We have not thought of ourselves. I thank you for your spiritual maturity and hunger to get the gospel around the world. We will need this $500,000 to buy land because right now banks are not loaning money very easily and especially not to churches. I really do not want our men to have to cosign for us to get a loan. I believe that God can give us the money through you to get the land and then to get us a building. I am soon going to ask our treasurer to open a new savings account that we will call The Nehemiah Project. This will be money that we will not use to improve the building or for anything other than the purchase of land and then building. I am asking God to give us the money up front to get the job done. We will still be taking offerings for the building or construction to improve our current situation. We will still be giving to faith promise. We will still give to take care of the needs of our church but I want to add a super special offering called the Nehemiah Project. We will open this account as soon as God gives us the first $1,000 towards the purchase of our land. If you want to give it just mark your offering or check with the Nehemiah Project. I am praying that God will touch hearts for people to give super large, sacrificial offerings so that when He opens the door we can buy land. I am also going to ask the men of our church if we can begin making a building payment to the Nehemiah Project. In other words we will need to prove to the bank that we can make a payment when the time comes. How about if we started right now making that payment and did so consistently until we find the land. We really do not have any extra funds at the end of each month but I believe that God will continue to raise up more income through the gifts of His people. To get the $500,000 in the next 24 months would require a payment of $20,000. That would be more than a miracle. I know that what I am asking has to be a God thing. I know that we are unable but I know that God can multiply the fishes and the loaves. I know that our people can trust God. I know that we have been givers and the Bible says that we are to give and it shall be given. I am hoping that once we get the account open with the first $1,000 we can begin making at least a $250 a month payment and look at it every month with the thought of raising the amount. We will start small and see God do something big. I would really love to hear your opinions. I want to know if you agree with me or not. We must move now if we want to see anything soon. I saw a twitter quote today that says “Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking. – Oliver Cromwell” I think that is right. I would love to hear from you. <em>Check out bcwe.org</em>
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