I knew we were in trouble the moment my friend said he had been praying for patience. I don’t know if anyone has done research on the correlation between praying for patience and the emergence of difficulty, but I couldn’t help but think of the numerous times I have heard people say, “Never pray for patience, God will give you an opportunity to develop it!” And, of course, one of the ways He does that is by putting challenges in your path.
I remember being told we would probably be in our new building on Merle Hay Road by Easter. We didn’t exactly make that date. As a matter of fact, as I write this, we are still not in it. Now I’m being told by the time you read this we will definitely be in. Time will tell.
It’s been quite a process to take an old, beat-up warehouse and convert it into a church building. Admittedly, it would have been much easier to just build new from the ground up, but we chose to recycle as much as possible. The doors to our auditorium were taken out of the old Boone High School before it was torn down. The lights in our auditorium were also taken from that school. They had been used decades ago as houselights in their auditorium and more recently in their library. All it took was a little paint and refurbishing them to take LED lights, and we were good to go. We purchased several chairs and tables from area schools and restaurants. Even the building itself is a recycled retail store and warehouse. It took a long time to do things this way, but it was worth it.
We’ll have an open house one of these days so you can come and view the changes and hear the stories of where things came from. You will be able to see slide shows from multiple camera angles of the progression from old to new that took place over the months. I’ve learned not to set a date, so watch our sign for details.
Of course you’re welcome to come any Sunday and check things out. If you hang around long enough you will see an awful lot of people who have similar stories of our building; the story of God taking something worn out and messed up and doing something beautiful with it. It takes a little patience for the end result, but it’s well worth the wait.