EIGHT ACRES OF
Read Acts 4: 32-37
Let us consider how we may spur one another
on toward love and good deeds.
Several years ago my church wrestled with the prospect
of building a new facility. Our location on a corner lot downtown prohibited expansion, and parking was limited. Our
congregation could not grow at this location. But the task
of raising funds to design and build a new facility seemed
daunting. Then there was the question of a new building site.
Where would we relocate? After much prayer and deliberation, the congregation voted to move ahead.
At the outset of the campaign a friend of the congregation,
a builder, contributed a major gift. He donated eight acres of
prime property to serve as the new building site. Not only did
this generous gift encourage us, it motivated members of the
church to make generous gifts as well. The church reached
its financial goals, and we
have been worshiping in
our new facility for the past
The builder’s gift of
property was just what
our congregation needed to take the next step in growing our
church. Our gifts, great or small, can be the encouragement
someone needs to answer God’s call.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to look for ways to encourage
others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Wayne Greenawalt, Jr. (Illinois)
Prayer Focus: CHURCHES PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Thought for the Day
How can I encourage the
faith of others through
acts of generosity?