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Monday, 7 August 2017

I love it when a plan comes together.


I don't have a pimped up Van, but a very "middle-aged" family estate. I don't have a cigar but a Bic biro has just moved out of the corner of my mouth ... I couldn't help saying it with a big smile... 
"I love it when a plan comes together"...
(as another guy signs up for OCTOBER)

Many of you will know that the transition house project has been a "GOD thing and not a man thing".He  has inspired, instigated (in the hearts of people) and progressed this from inception till now. His provision has been astonishing. In 2016 when we thought we were nearing completion, God prompted us to start an extra phase to convert the basement at transition house for community space, recreation facilities and learning / study space. We want transition house to be running at MAX capacity and be fruitful in doing so. 
What is transpiring is nothing short of amazing. Just like B.A. and his buddies, a few bits of metal and some OSB is transforming a dusty storage space where things were discarded... into something much better - a living space for precious young people (made by God in his image) to grow, learn, develop and be nurtured for lives of fruitfulness. 
October 1st -21st will mark the big push this project needs when men from the UK will fly out in a desire to do as much as they possibly can to get this place up and running as soon as is practically possible. Our job is to do what we can. To that end we have been praying for £27,000 for materials (what was calculated to get the basement converted and complete some other jobs on the building). Was this an Impossible task...?  especially when people had already given much, and maybe some had grown a little weary with this big project which has taken so much already. 
Our GOD doesn't ever get tired, and for each new obstacle in his purposes he gives his people fresh resources. Since that prayer was started we have seen God provide nearly £20,000 for materials. He has encouraged not only those of us who go out to work, but those who are faithful in seeing this project through in Ukraine. God is good, he always has been and always will be. 
What are we praying for now...?
1) The remainder of the funds to come in so that our BIG PUSH team can have as much material to fit in OCTOBER as their hands and limbs can cope with.
2) WE NEED THE A-TEAM - WE need a bigger team on this!!!!
We have 13 guys signed up so far, many have been out many times before. A couple more fellas have got in touch with me in the last 24 hours and we are trying to get them there, but ideally we need more hands on deck folks!!! This is a big task !!!
 I wonder if someone reading this can wangle a week of work to do something of significance with us. Yes on a simple level it is cutting , shaping and screwing metal... sawing OSB board and making some straight walls out of it. 
BUT ON A MUCH BIGGER LEVEL... we are part of a bigger plan (GOD's PLAN).

  • Joining this team helps us have a small part in changing people's lives for the better.
  • Joining in this team gives us an opportunity to encourage a CHURCH which has a wonderful heart for people who need help. They say "you can chose your friends but you can't chose your family". Maybe so... but I'm so glad God chose my brothers and sisters in grace church to be part of his family ! I want to do everything we can to encourage them to not grow weary in doing good. 
Maybe you feel insignificant - a bit of a small cog in a big world.

You are just the sort of person this team needs. We are all small cogs in this, but held together by GOD, and what he accomplishes when we all pull together is something quite awesome! He has this project in hand. 
In 2017, a crack commando unit was sent to Ukraine by a God who loves people more than we can understand. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security minibus to the FONTANKE underground. Today, still wanted by their wives to complete jobs at home they survive as soldiers of no fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, I wouldn't bother giving them a call....
but..
If you want to be part of something worth while, which may have eternal payout... give us a call, we'd love you to be part of the A-TEAM

Thank you to our faithful supporters, you know who you are -- and God does too. (Matt 6:4)
Praying with you,
Paul


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