April has been another month of God’s favor and blessing. Since our update a month ago, the grading work on the property has been finished. The photos below show the main road leading to and from the first completed timber bridge. Off the main road (not visible in the photos,) three beautifully set cottage sites have been cleared and are awaiting the Lord’s provision to break ground. This, of course, after He supplies what remains for the infrastructure (second and larger timber bridge and water line – estimated cost $40,000.)
We knew from the outset this was a God-size task. We’ve been committed to waiting on His supply. Your prayer support has played a huge role in the progress made so far and we thank You for it!
Now, please pray for some divine appointments – that God would put us in touch with people of means who catch the vision to pour into the lives of pastors and ministry leaders and who will invest in this aspect of the work of Christ’s kingdom. At 6:30 pm on Sunday, May 7th, we will have the opportunity to present the work of Grace Valley Ministries to a community wide gathering of churches at New Life Church in Holly Springs, GA. The main purpose of the evening will be to draw God’s people together in worship and prayer for our community, nation and world, but we’ve been selected to be the recipient of the evening’s offering and to thus make a brief presentation informing those in attendance what we are doing. Please pray that God gives us one or more significant connections that evening.
On Tuesday, Ken Stumbo and I met with an architect to walk the property, and discuss our vision for the cottages. Pray for this relationship to continue in a positive direction if he is to be the one we use for the project.
John 17:23 Pastors Groups – I had a significant lunch appointment with a pastor in Roswell this Thursday. He may be key to helping us start a new group in that community. This is, after all, one of three target areas we are asking God to work to expand the movement of “every pastor in a group.” I’m also seeking to follow up with a pastor who’s similarly interested in Smyrna. And finally, I need to follow up with a pastor in Marietta who may be a significant partner. Please pray that I will have wisdom, guidance, and God’s blessing as I seek to further God’s kingdom in this way.
Thanks so much for your partnership with us in this ministry. You’re doing that through your prayers and through your giving! God bless you!