Every Thursday our town gets the local paper. It is a way to keep in touch in our small community of 10,000 people. Some wonder why we came back to McLean County after leaving a neighboring county of twice the size. We love the quiet, layed back feel and the attitudes of country folk, we grew up with. There is not much to do yet it remains a place of safety compared to most of the world. In the winter, you can leave your car running to stay warm while you run into the store to get milk without the fear of being robbed for the most part. People give you garden food during harvest time without expecting you to pay for it, generous living I call it. My parents and Jeff’s parents practiced this all throughout their lives and handed it down to us. It is a spirit of giving and most of the people in our county lend out to those who need it. People work hard, mostly farm life yet a sense of pride for helping out your fellow neighbor.
Small towns may be boring to some but for us we see it challenging and bright for opportunities to promote Kingdom principles for a better life. Many people would not even dream of building a large church here but that is our vision. So the news in our lives is that we have the plans and the land to build a sanctuary to seat at least 700 people. With theatrical lighting and sound system for community events, and a place where we can accommodate large crowds for events and special speakers. We are excited to get started on this and if you know my husband he is not very patient. The drill to test the soil broke and they put off the soil testing for another few days. We want to make sure we can build on the property before we buy it. We have the plans of the new building drawn up and everyone has agreed on its design. I want a book store, not only for our church members but to offer gifts to our town too. The existing building will be used for our children. I know our Kidztown Pastors are frazzled because we have limited space now and overcrowded. When you have 100 children under the age of 12 every Sunday, I am sure it is a plea for more space for the number one input when it comes to building. We do the best we can in tight quarters. It is a good thing and a good problem.
Until then, we continue to clean and get ready for the new site of PromiseLand Metro, our Owensboro location. It is a blessing to have members from the Calhoun church help and give their time in seeing us succeed in a neighboring county. We are looking forward to having our first service there this upcoming Sunday. New places, new faces and an opportunity to overcome all obstacles working for the Master. We love leading people and making the small town news.
Prayer: Lord, you have a purpose and a plan for all of us. You have put us in that place where we work best and can be the most effective as we trust and lean upon your word, live out the life you have called for us. I thank you for who you are, what you are doing and what we will become, in the mean time, give us strength, faith and courage! Jesus Name Amen.