Praise the Lord for the building that He has provided. Below are a few pictures of the outside of the building. I also want to share with you something about the delay we experienced before finding this place. Many of you prayed for a couple of years before the Lord led us to this particular location. And maybe it happened that some of you became discouraged when we lost the two buildings that we tried to buy. While such disappointments and uncertainty are often unsettling, when you are following the Lord, it always works out. The best way to illustrate the blessing of patiently waiting on the Lord is to compare what we have with what we lost. The last building that we had hoped to buy is not very far from our new place, though it is a bit further removed from the traffic flow of the city. You may remember that we had agreed to buy it but the seller sold it two days before we could meet with him. (Also, the other buyer paid the same price we were going to pay. So there was no advantage for the seller. But God had other plans for us.) Well, the buyer made the purchase and a few months later he demolished that nice house. He paid full price just for the land (plus the demolition costs)! Our building, pictured below, sits on a lot that is at least 50% larger than the one we lost. We paid about 11% more for this place than that buyer paid for the other lot, but we got about 50% more land, in a much better location, and we have a building! When we met with this seller, he told us that the price is basically the value of the land and that practically speaking, the building is free. I thought at the time that he’d make a good used car salesman, but the truth is, he was right. This “free” building is only partially built. The structure is solid and the layout works well for us. The interior is in the “brick and mortar” stage, but that’s all. Tibi, the retired building inspector in our church, believes that it will require more funds to finish the first floor than we have left over. We are doing everything we can to maximize the funds that you have entrusted to us. We have contacts and are pursuing ways to stretch your generosity as far as possible. Nonetheless, as we get started on the “big ticket” items with the funds that we have, we anticipate that there will be further opportunities for you to help us get the first floor ready to occupy sometime this summer. Sometime after the new year I hope to give you a more detailed view of our plans and needs to get the first floor ready to occupy.
The building faces east. Because of the fence, you can only see the second floor and the full sized attic, which has a balcony.
This view of the north side gives a better perspective of the size of the building.
Just inside the front gate you can see the front door which opens into what will be the church auditorium, another door that enters into a side room (possibly a future nursery) and the three front windows.
This S.E. corner shows the driveway leading to the backyard. The entire exterior will need to be insulated with thick (4 inches) styrofoam sheets.
This is the same corner as above but it lets you see a bit better into the backyard. The driveway is 11 feet wide.
The back of the property is beyond the tree in the middle, where the white gate is.
From the white gate looking towards the back of the building, you can get a better sense of what an 18,000 sq. ft. lot looks like.
The area under the back of building can be dug out a bit more for a garage and storage. There is a stairway up to the ground floor hallway in the front of the darker room in the middle.