Well what a weekend. The Real women's conference was quite remarkable (at least the bits I sneaked in to were - other than one rather badly sung song!), and Rachel Hickson on Sunday brought such as sense of the presence of God in both the morning and the evening. So exciting to see God changing lives and moving and working in so many people, and for me most exciting that there were people making first time commitments to follow Jesus. If you have a story of how God moved in you or spoke to you over the weekend we'd love to hear it.
So many prayers were answered over the weekend, but I thought you might like an update on one particular thing we've been praying for, the money for the auditorium and reception improvements.
If you were around on Sunday you'll have heard me say we've already raised over £175,000 in the gift days so far this year (thank you so much to everyone who has given so generously). However, the total cost of the project is round about £410,000, meaning we were looking at needing a bank loan of around £235,000. On Sunday I asked if there were people who would be willing to make interest free loans to save us having to borrow from the bank, and since then over £115,000 has been pledged as interest free loans. That means that we now need only need to borrow £120,000 which will save us so much on both the arrangement fee for the loan, and on the interest. Again thank you so much to everyone willing to get involved in this
I'm going to continue to pray that we won't actually need to borrow any money from the bank. To that end I'd love to invite you to come and pray on Thursday morning from 6am for an hour in the Kerith Centre reception. There were 11 of us there last week and we had a great time asking God to break in both financially and with people being saved - both prayers which were answered last weekend. I won't be there on Thursday as I'll be on the way to Lithuania to visit the church we work with there, so Ben Davies will be leading the prayer meeting and I'll be praying from the Stanstead departure lounge!
Also if there is anyone who could help us with a loan to reduce the £120,000 further then please let Helen Dodwell know (Helen told me she got quite emotional today as she spoke to people offering to lend money - I love us having someone overseeing our finances who is moved as God begins to move).
People might ask why I'm grateful to God for answering prayer when it seems to be people who have done all this? In answer I'm reminded of the prayer I read a couple of weeks ago from 1 Chronicles 29 where David is reflecting on himself and the people giving all the resource required to build the temple.
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you." (1 Chron 29:14-17)
Hope you have a great week,