Yesterday was an unusually busy day. I never even got to my study until evening and I was so tired I just ate and went to bed.
Still, it was a productive day. After finishing my morning routine I went to a prayer meeting at the church. This prayer meeting was first set up as part of the plan for us to look ahead and find out what the Lord was up to. We were moving to a point of being out of debt and our church wanted to find out what our next step was. Instead of simply redirecting the funds of the church, we wanted to know what the Lord had in mind so the church requested a number of the members to meet regularly to seek the Lord in prayer to discover His will in the matter. The group was divided into 4 sets and each one set aside time to pray as well as to meet once a month in prayer together. Also, each set would take turns so that there was a weekly group meeting. We were directed to pray specifically for the will of God, the planning committee, specific prayer needs as they arose as well as the whole staff and membership.
These were special times and we discovered the direction we believe the Lord is leading us as well as getting to know each other much better. I am happy to report that next month our church will be debt free. We believe that our mission ahead includes supporting other struggling churches and establishing missions and under girding the kingdom work. We specifically determined that we were not going to try to store up funds for our own use. We will keep only a 3-6 months reserve of our budget for operations cash flow and then funnel the remainder into mission and the extension of God’s kingdom.
One of our commitments includes a mission that we are helping to also become debt free. To do that we are committing an additional $100,000 to their budget so that they will be enabled to extend this plan even further. We will not lessen our current efforts in missions or in our other efforts to minister to the multiple retirement homes, teaching, training, mission trips, etc but will seek to improve them as well. Another one of our missions reported that they will move into their own worship facility this next Sunday.
Because the prayer effort was so effective, we also decided to make it a permanent part of our operation as a church. It is such an honor to be a part of this church as we endeavor to carry out our Lord’s great commission and to see it being done effectively. Only to God be the glory.