Friday, January 12, 2007

Transforming Power

With the coming of 2007, we are rejoicing because of God’s faithfulness and provision over the past year and the great things He has in store for the coming year.
Beneath a mass of ivy and bushes is hidden a new church building for Ballinasloe Christian Fellowship! A faithful family from our church has donated a building for use as a sanctuary and youth ministry venue. This structure once used to grind corn will now be a home for believers to meet and hear God’s Word. We are so very blessed by their generous and loving gift to the community. An equally faithful and generous man who happens to be a contractor has done a preliminary work up of the costs involved, plumbing, new stairway, new raised roof and sub flooring (Approximately 25,000 euro or $35,000). Our labor will be primarily through volunteers, saving us money (a work crew from our sending church is presently being organized). When finished, we plan to seat around 60 on the second floor. Long range plans are to have a kitchenette and Sunday school area on the first floor. This site will be clearly visible from the new Dublin to Galway highway now being built.
Another matter of prayer is the purchase of a new vehicle. We are currently seeking a dependable, used (10 year old) mini van. This is needed to help in transporting many members of our body who have no cars. Our new building is 2 miles outside of the town, our home lies one mile out of town in the opposite direction.
Please pray as we ask God’s guidance for schooling for our daughters, Olivia and Leah for the next year. The girl’s secondary school here in Ballinasloe has a very good reputation and we are considering this as a possibility. Home schooling is the other option. Enrollment papers must be filed in coming months.
We are excited to see all that God is doing here in Ireland.

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