“They’ve finally accepted our offer!”, was how the text message from the real estate agent read; and as we read it, we knew we had crossed a threshold. We’ve been in negotiations for over a month, praying for the Lord’s guidance in every decision. Now the negotiation phase has come to completion. God has been faithful, and we’re moving into the next phase; the “How in the world is God going to do this?”, faith growing phase.
So here is how we’ve made it to this exciting point in ministry. About a year ago, after much prayer and seeking advice from others, we knew God was leading us to purchase a piece of property for our growing efforts to train more Chileans for the ministry. In 2008, we started with 3 students in the Chile Training Center. Each year since, that group has grown! Now we have 35 men and women preparing each week for the ministry! The pastor of the first church plant still graciously allows us to use his Sunday school rooms for our growing classes; but this model is not sustainable, and it has hindered our growth in recent years.
As more churches are planted, more eager disciples are seeking further training for the ministry! It’s clear that we need a larger, more centrally located space to adequately train more young people for the ministry!
Understanding this, we began to pray. We asked God for 5 specific things:
1) A property larger than 500 square meters (the size of our first church plant)
2) Four classrooms that could accommodate 40 students each
3) Within a mile radius from one of three specific subway stops
4) Cost within our $250,000 dollar budget
5) The buyer’s willingness to accept payments, because we don’t have the money up front.
You might not understand how incredibly lofty the request was if you don’t know the real estate market in this mega city, but needless to say, it was rather unrealistic. But, remember, our God is an expert in defying the odds.
Last month, our teammate, Jamie Smithey, sent us a link to a piece of property that seemed too good to be true. It was larger than what we had prayed for, within 1 mile of the subway stop we had prayed about, and priced right at the budget we specifically prayed for! Plus, it already has classrooms. Guess how many? Four!
There was really no logical reason for the multiple owners to accept our offer: A payment plan that spans 8 months with no interest and taking possession of the property at signing with no rent payment. However we know that our God can make anything happen, no matter how impossible it seems. He has chosen to do just that again for us in ministry. The owners have accepted!
We prayed specifically. God has answered specifically. Now, we need an additional $50,000 within the next 30 days. Yes, in addition to what God has already supplied, we must raise $50,000 before signing in September.
So, here is what we would like to ask you:
- Pray – this need is bigger than our team of missionaries and local churches in Chile. We need you to pray that God will touch the hearts of many to help meet our deadlines.
- Promote – Share with others all that God is doing here and share the posts as you see them come up on different social media outlets.
- Give: you can send all tax deductible donations to:
Vision Baptist Missions
PO Box 442 Alpharetta, GA 30009
Mark each gift “Chile Training Center”
Thank you so much for being our faithful partners in the ministry. We look forward to seeing how God will meet this great need together with you.