What an exciting month this has been! A month ago, we were offered a $10,000 matching challenge by an anonymous donor. God honored both His Name and the faith of that donor! By the last day of the year we had received $10,058.26! We are thrilled to see how God has provided and we are humbled and grateful to the Lord for it all.
One of the greatest blessings has been the response of several pastors who have been helped by belonging to a John 17:23 Pastors Support Group. Their giving alone has provided $3,000 of what we’ve received. That speaks volumes to the difference this ministry is making in their lives. And I know they too are looking forward to the day when the retreat center is up and running and able to meet their needs and the needs of other pastors.
This fund raising effort will enable us to clear the cottage sites, carve the road and move the earth to meet the recently completed bridge, create the retention ponds and put in the silt fencing necessary to continue progress on our site plan.
1. Pray for the Lord’s provision to complete our matching challenge for the project.
2. Pray for our trip to Florida mid January. It will include a reunion Sunday and my preaching at Crystal Cove Community Church in Palm Harbor, the church we founded 20 years ago.
3. Pray for a group leader training we have scheduled for January 24th. We’re asking God to use this training to strengthen our groups and raise up new leaders for future group’s.
4. Pray as Sue and I begin to expand our personal support base in January. I’ve come to realize that in all my efforts to raise funds for Grace Valley Ministries we’ve neglected our own financial support. Pray that God will raise up additional partners who believe in what we’re doing and desire to invest in us for the sake of the kingdom.
Again, we thank you so much for standing with us in prayer through it all.