The Edge New Roof
Sunday morning a crane drove up to the back of the Jaco Missions Base and started lifting the 14-meter-wide beams into place for the new Edge roof. Just a few hours later, the English-speaking church met on their new property to pray and enjoy a ground-breaking ceremony. What a day of victory for the Christian body in Jaco and a reason to celebrate for the hundreds of people that have poured into God’s work here.
I have come to realize that it is a visionary gift to see the dream as completed even though the ground is not broken. Standing on the Church property, I could see the buildings as if they were finished. I could imagine the sunlight shining through the trees in the courtyard and hear the greeters loving people as they filled the sanctuary. For me it is as good as done!
In the same way, for years, I have envisioned the Edge’s new roof towering over the living area. I have given the tour over and over, pointing out where the door would be and how you walk into the welcoming sitting areas. I have shared the dream of pulling all the apartments together and never having to deal with flooding again. Today, I can physically touch the door post and see the roof line. It is surreal!
Victory is a walk of faith
I want to stop and soak in this moment with you. With these pictures, you get to see what I have dreamed about for so many years. The development of the Edge Missions Base has been a hard path full of blood, sweat and tears, but I stand in awe of how it has progressed. There were many times that logic told me to hang up my hat and call it a day. I faced many heavy moments when I saw so much need and the resources where nowhere in sight. In these moments, I could quote the verses to support a full stop and call it wisdom. But God! Don’t you just love that phrase!
The thought of having to name and thank all of the people who have built into and supported this property over the past 14 years is overwhelming. Hundreds of individuals have helped in different ways not knowing what the end would look like and without expecting any credit. I have been one of the blessed few to see this work progress since 2003 and what I will say is that it is inspiring to see what can happen when we all do a little for a God-size vision.
We paid off the remainder of the mortgage with a bridge loan that includes the cost of completing the current phase of finishing the roof. We will pay off this loan with the rental income and donations, as they continue to come in. The blessing is that the loan has no interest, no due date and no legal tie to the property itself. This miracle defies logic and is more than we could have ever asked. Thank you God!
Called to Overflow
It is so clear that God is the momentum behind what is happening here. That is a powerful thing. When we yield to God’s will we can feel unsettled in the wildness of the unknown. Yet, in the middle of the storm we can always look up to our heavenly father. His peaceful face calms us, His gentle voice beckons us closer and when we sink and struggle… we can rest in His hands. All for us can take advantage of this blessed life to the full. I pray we may all experience the overflow of the individual walk of faith to which we have been called.