We have a closing date of September 30th for the purchase of our building! However, there is one thing left to do. We need to have 3 months of mortgage payments set aside…around $5000. Since the beginning of MPC God has always provided the resources needed to support the opportunities He brings: having the charter school that was paying our mortgage and utilities move out so we could meet the growth of our congregation, voluntarily coming off support from our planting church (Sunnyside Christian Church) because we felt we should have that responsiblity, beginning the process of giving away 50% of what is pledged each year to outside ministry partners, and many others. Each of these steps were taken when we didn’t know how God would be providing. But we did know we were being called to act. Once again, we face one those opportunities…taking full ownership of the property and facilities God has blessed us with and releasing Sunnyside from its generous support.
I’m always hesitant to ask for more giving, because I truly believe that giving is to be a spiritual discipline, done cheerfully and not under reluctance or compulsion (2 Cor. 9:6-8). But it is also important to balance those instructions with bringing the opportunities God has given us before His Church, and asking for His people to provide the necessary resources.
At this point our giving has provided for all our needs, but we have not had any extra for saving. And we’ve come to a point where we need to call on God to provide the resources through His people for the opportunity He has given us. So I ask you to be praying for this need and consider increasing what you are giving on a regular basis and/or making a special “over and above” offering over the next couple of weeks. This project is not just “so we can have a building,” but so that we can continue to reach people for the Kingdom in our community, so we can have a place to create and develop the relationships God has called us into, so we can provide things like Upward Basketball and our Harvest Fest for our community, and so we can continue to have a central location to lead, lift, and launch people into a relationship with our King! We have been blessed, thanks to the faith and generosity of the believers at Sunnyside, to have our own place since the beginning of MPC. What a great opportunity we now have to truly “own” it!
What an exciting time to serve with all of you here at MPC!
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Cor. 9:8