After months of prayer, we have
wrapped up our Building Hope Capital Initiative. Of course, we have been
praying about this season for over a year, knowing that we would run out of
space. And of course, the prayer, sacrifice, and service that God raised up in
these months will need to continue for years. The Lord truly raised the
spiritual temperature of our church family. We are “en fuego” right
One of the key verses in my head,
through this whole season, was Ephesians 3:20 – The Lord is able to do
immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, and all glory to Him!
God did so much more than we asked
or imagined in this season of sacrifice. Many new people stepped up to
financially give or serve for the first time. We have over ten new people
serving in ministry, prompted by the Lord. We have continued to meet (or
exceed) our giving to the General Fund. The level of prayer has been raised,
and lives are being changed by God’s word and healthy ministry. For others, the
sacrifice was painfully personal: many people in our church family have lost
loved ones in the last few months. These sisters and brothers have leaned into
God’s love in this season, knowing they are not alone. We are a church family.
God has done so much more than we
asked or imagined with the finances as well. Our Finance Ministry Team is led
by some incredibly diligent people! They went the extra mile to check on the
pledges, even making some phone calls to people.
- Goal for the Capital Initiative: $750,000
- Total funds received from Dec to Mar: $279,917
- This is over 50% of our General Fund budget – in just over 3 months!
- Total 3-year pledges: $864,736
- GRAND TOTAL : $1,144,653
- This is more than double our current General Fund budget!
- This is 50% higher than our Capital Initiative goal! God raised 150% of our goal!!
Every dollar was raised by God. I
didn’t raise a penny; our church didn’t raise a dime. God moved people’s hearts
to sacrifice for His mission to reach people and bring them into His hope,
love, and family. The Lord is doing more than we asked or imagined, and we are
willing to do whatever it takes to follow Him. I am excited for the future at
Covenant Grove Church, as we focus on the work of seeing God transform
religious and irreligious people into Fully Devoted Followers of Christ!