|Tessa at work at the NEW OFFICE! |
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Background: For the last several years, we have known that we have an issue of limited office space and not enough missionary housing. The needs for housing and office space were coming at us like a freight train, and we had no viable options. We have been actively looking for opportunities. But, every opportunity that WE came up was going to cost way more money than we could dream of, and that God seemed to be providing. We looked at buying land. We put a lot of thought into building an office on MEBSH land, but an adequate office to facilitate all that we do was going to cost way more than you would realize. Although it was WAY WAY outside of reality, we even looked at a facility that was on the market for a million $! Well, our plans didn't happen, because it wasn't God's plan!
"The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward." Exodus 14:14-15The Miracle: God's Plan. About 1 month ago, a home that is actually within the boundaries of the MEBSH Mission Center where we live here in Cayes, which has LONG been totally unavailable to MEBSH or it's ministries and missionaries, seemed to become slightly more available. I say slightly, because when I first heard about it, I thought there was NO WAY it would actually happen and NO WAY we could afford to rent that place. To be honest, I actually drug my feet a little, stewing over things. But, God placed within me vision and a desire to aggressively pursue. Well, after many conversations, a little help from some other local missionaries, understanding on behalf of all the other missionaries here on our mission center, and a little careful negotiating, it is official. We were able to make it happen! Can you believe it is right next to our RMI Depot? So now, we basically have 2 properties, right next to one another, creating one large facility, that will together house all of our offices, 2 guest rooms, warehouse, mechanic's garage, container storage, truck parking, etc. I can't go into the details of the contract, but it's a GREAT DEAL that only God could have made happen.
This now means we have rented 3 privately owned facilities,
- This one is within the Mission Center boundaries (the new Office)
- This one is right next to the Mission Center (our current office but future missionary housing),
- This one is a 5 minute walk (missionary housing for 2 families).
One of our highest values is GOOD STEWARDSHIP, otherwise known as extremely careful and efficient spending and use of resources. We truly stretch each and every donated dollar way beyond what you would imagine. I believe God is honored by this fierce commitment and has blessed us accordingly.
These homes and office are going to cost some money to equip, but FAR FAR FAR less than our other plans would have cost. God is Good. VERY GOOD. We are praising Him.
Below is the floor plan of the new office as we currently see it, after a few minor changes that we have made to increase it's function. It needs a LOT of clean up as it has sat basically unused for 5 years. It has no furniture. It has no kitchen. It needs new doors and windows, it has no fans, few lights, and it needs A LOT of paint. But, God provided the home, and we believe he will provide a way to equip it for the ministry.