Awestruck Church is getting a new home…
Many are asking how and where, and when, and every other question possible about the new home of Awestruck Church. Let me first say that we will be moving our church to 20.6 acres located at 5840 Butler Rd. (Click it to see the Google map) but I’m not sure when the official move will take place. I can promise you it will be as soon as possible. I am excited and I am slightly impatient.
Next let me explain how all this came to be. The obvious first statement is God is in control and He has orchestrated this whole deal. I am nothing but humbled and overwhelmed in this process. This wasn’t something we went searching for, but God has taken His plan and collided it directly into the path of our church. We can’t wait to see what else God has in store for our future.
On May 20th (exactly 2 months from the day it became official) we were driving to Boone, NC for me to do a wedding. I normally don’t answer phone calls from people whose number I don’t recognize, that’s why God created Voice Mail, but for some reason I picked up the phone on that night. The voice on the other end introduced himself and then asked, “If your church had a lot of land and a small building, could you do something with it?”. I simply answered “Yes” and then the questions began to flow. How will you use it? How does it fit the vision of the church? What sorts of things would you do with it?
After about 20 minutes of talking I stopped him and said that we’d love to have land, but there was no way our church could afford to buy that much property right now. And that’s when things got interesting. His response was, (laughter) “We are not trying to sell it. We are looking to give it away to the right ministry”. We finished our conversation with pleasantries and talks of future meetings to discuss details. I found it hard to even catch my breath and wrap my mind around the gigantic size of what had just taken place. The next few weeks were filled with frequent meetings and phone calls with 2 of the 3 folks that would be voting to give us the land. Then almost a month of SILENCE! Nothing! No contact at all!
The silence was broken late last week when I was informed the official vote was taking place on July 20th.
Here we are on July 21, 2010 and it’s official! There are papers to be signed and some legal details, but the vote passed 3-0. A unanimous vote of unity to donate all the property, building, and remaining possessions to Awestruck Church. To top it all off they are also writing a check for $16,000 to help us get started with renovations!?!?!
How do I feel about all this? I am a bit numb and completely overwhelmed. I am more humbled by the power of God than ever before in my life. I am emotional and have shed many tears of joy. I am blown away that God has taken that much interest in our little 2 year old church plant.
I am sooooooooooooooo pumped about what all God has in store for our future. This land fits perfectly into the the vision God has given me for Awestruck church. It also is an answer to something I have been believing for the past 3 years. Stay tuned for more info on that in a later post. This one has become way to long!
God is amazing and I promise you that the Best is Yet to Come!