Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's not about the money

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I am facing one of the biggest challenges ever in my ministry with Breakthrough. We still need nearly a million dollars in our five million dollar capital campaign to get our building rehabbed to house our men's services program, our employment program and our administrative offices. The problem is, we have not been able to get financing to start construction without knowing where that last million is coming from.

I have heard that Mother Teresa once walked into a factory building in Calcutta and simply told the owner that the Sisters needed the building to house the men and women that they were assisting to die with dignity and the owner gave her the building. I need that kind of courage. Bill Hybels said at the Leadership Summit that if a facility is standing in the way of growth we should "just raise the money". He made it sound so easy!

I am learning that it is not really about the money. God knows our need and will provide at the right time. It is about learning the lessons on the journey. I am learning to be more courageous, more trusting, more confident in God's provision and grace. Our men are moving out of their present center this weekend and it is going to be difficult for awhile. We are losing our food pantry space and will not have adequate showers. The window air conditioners in the three flat we will occupy continually blow the fuses and the bathrooms are moldy. But in the midst of these conditions we will grow stronger and I am growing more passionate about seeking out the new partners we need to get the job done. God knows I am weak and an introvert. I am being pushed out of my confort zone. It's all part of the plan. We do need pledges to the campaign, but more than that we need Jesus. I know that might sound trite or like I am over spiritualizing, but it is really a great adventure.

Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?" Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

        Psalms 4:6-8

1 comment:

David said...

George Mueller had a similar problem and found that he served the prayer-hearing, prayer-answering God. I have found this video to be quite inspirational! http://www.loudcry.org/main/video/George_Muller/index.html (This is not my site.)