He drop-kicks open another one
A follow up to this post - found here
Let's go back a couple weeks to before we had made our presentation to the school board: our church leadership was sitting around in a planning meeting, planning the September series, The UPSIDEDOWN Church. We were getting ready to get the congregation excited about our Neepawa location and were addressing why we existed as a church.
We wanted to have a bunch of interaction during the series where we could interview people whose lives have been changed when they encountered Christ through the church. For one week, my wife, Joanne and I, were going to share our story a bit of how we were called to Neepawa.
Another week, we were going to have a testimony from someone who came to Christ through our church and found real health through Christian community.
For the final week, we were scratching our head wondering who we could interview or record telling their story. One of the pastors on staff suggested that it would be great to interview someone from Neepawa who would tell how excited they were for PAC to be coming to their town.
This is all fine and dandy and all, but it was also really annoying to have that suggestion voiced... we didn't know anyone in Neepawa. Let alone someone who would be excited enough about our presence in the town to share their story. So we stopped our meeting and prayed specifically for these people. Honestly, my prayer was pretty half-hearted. As if we'd end up getting anyone in time.
That next week, God sent us exactly who we were praying for: a couple who have lived in Neepawa for 40 years and have been praying for their town for decades. They had heard that PAC was planning on coming to Neepawa and wanted to hear and see first-hand what kind of church was going to be coming.
The week that they came to our church was the week that we were going to be presenting to the school board and I was far too occupied with the presentation to even remember that we had prayed specifically for this couple. The afternoon of the presentation, I spent 3 hours in their home getting to know them, hearing their stories and watching them tear up that a church like ours was coming to town.
We were the answer to their decades of prayer. They were the answer to ours.
You can hear their story first hand here. We were able to share it with our congregation and introduce everyone to our new name change from Portage Alliance Church to Prairie Alliance Church.
While I was worried about getting a building, God had been providing us with something way more important than buildings... people. While the building question is still being figured out, we can see God's hand at work preparing hearts for PAC coming to Neepawa. God is good!
More to come
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