“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
As many of you know, we currently meet in our home. God gave us this place in 2001. It has a large 30 x 16 den on the back side of it. When we bought it, we were in youth ministry. It was the perfect place! We had plenty of room to hold worship there and set up a pool table, air hockey, and game center. A lot of Friday or Sunday nights the place would be crawling with teens. You should have seen it!
This house has become the first meeting place for Central; what use to host teens now hosts our church family. It really is perfect for our short term purposes. We know we cannot continue in this setting, however. We don’t pack it out all the time, but there are times we do. This past Sunday we had 55 present in a room that can seat 45. With the kids and a couple of adults in the nursery from that number, it works out. You should see it! It’s awesome to have the place filled! I hate to say this, but luckily we had two families missing. Otherwise we would have been sardines! LOL… I joked with the group Sunday, telling them not to invite anyone else for a while. If we add many more it will get interesting. Carla and I love having everyone in our home. In fact, they are our family and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Our Oversight Team is looking for a temporary location for Central to utilize come August and September. It may not seem that urgent… but in church planting life… August is TOMORROW! We need your prayers as we consider the options on the table. We are currently considering a location on the Goodman Road corridor near the Southaven and Olive Branch city lines. The facility is called the NICS Campus. NICS is a Christian agency that trains missionaries who are going to foreign fields how to develop schools where they are launching their ministries.
This campus has four buildings on it. One of them on the interior is unfinished, and doesn’t even have a bathroom. But it is right on Goodman Road and an excellent opportunity. This unfinished building has 7200 square feet in it, lots of space to lay out ministry for Central. You have already seen the picture above of the exterior, here are some additional interior pictures.
We are early on in our discussions with them. We have a Christian realtor and the NICS people are believers as well. We all want to be in the center of the Lord’s will. So pray for us that if this is indeed the location where Central should continue, we can all know and work it out in His time!
Thanks so much for your continued prayers!
TIME TO TOIL…
Colossians 1: 28, 29