I stopped by the former home of the New Covenant Methodist Church yesterday. It’s just a few minutes drive from my house. A work crew had started repairing the roof from tornado damage. I stepped inside and looked around for a few minutes. The worship center (or sanctuary!!!) is not bad.

As far as the number of seats, it would meet our needs. While it is very traditional (pews, pulpit railing, etc.), it might work for us. I did not get a chance to see the back rooms and see if they would work for our children and preschool ministry. Standing in the doorway, the “valley of dry bones” story in Ezekiel 37 came to my mind:

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'”

We have been praying for a while now that God would provide a place for us to worship and reach the Fairplay/Winston/Bill Arp community. I don’t know if this is it. I don’t know how it would work for our children’s ministries. I don’t know what the rent would be. I don’t know how we can afford it. I have more questions than answers.

What I do know though, is that seeking God during this is far more important than we realize. At one time that building was once used to save people from the fires of hell. It was built and dedicated for that purpose a long time ago. That has not happened in a long time. Maybe God has raised us up to use that building to bring spiritual hope to a community once again. What I do know is that God is pleased with us when we talk with him about this.

So, we have a lot of questions with few answers at this point. Let’s keep praying. I talked with two people yesterday who are in charge of the property. They are in no rush to rent it just as we are in no rush to get it. I may have wondered a bit on this … I just wrote thoughts as they popped into my mind … I am seeking God’s will … I long for us to impact our community in a powerful way … God does far more than we ever realize!