Throughout our nearly fifty years of ministry, my wife Teenie and I have seen God answer our prayers repeatedly. Recently we’ve experienced God answering our prayers in a major way as our new Living Hope Seventh-day Adventist Community Church nears completion: this is a faith project that has cost around $4.5 million dollars, and has been funded largely by generous donors in answer to many prayers.
Now we are at the stage of getting our occupancy permit, and soon we can officially open our doors.
Our new church facility and school of evangelism is located in Haymarket, Virginia in a quaint shopping center with lovely shops and restaurants. A few weeks ago, we had a dilemma. Up and down the street next to our new church there are a number of elegant tall lamp poles to provide light in the evenings for the community. The dilemma occurred when someone ran into one of these lamp poles with their car and destroyed it. Naturally we expected the shopping center owners would fix the pole and because of this, we didn’t think much about it. But not long after the accident we were notified that it was our church’s responsibility to replace the lamp pole. We also discovered to our surprise that we would not be given our occupancy permit until we replaced the lamp pole and had each of the street lights functioning. The problem was, where would we find a replacement lamp pole? After all, these poles may be typical for affluent neighborhoods, but it’s not like you can just go down to Lowe’s and pick up a replacement.
Immediately I began to pray. “Heavenly Father, I have no idea where to find such a lamp pole, but You do. And so I’m asking you to help me! We need to get the permits for our church so we can move forward and now this is holding us back. We don’t know what to do, please give us wisdom on how to proceed?”
Not long after, I had the idea to contact the manager of the shopping center that sits just a few hundred yards away from our church. The manager and I have become friends and I figured maybe she could point me in the right direction. When I shared my dilemma with her, she responded, “Pastor Mark, we have a vacant store in our shopping center that we have used to store different supplies. This building has one of those exact lamp poles lying on the floor. It’s brand new! We’ve been needing to get rid of that pole so we can use the room. We’d be happy if you would take it. No charge!” She then gave me the lock combination to go retrieve the pole.
Reminded once again that God cares about my life and about our needs, my heart overflowed with gratitude and thanksgiving to the Lord. Truly we serve an amazing God. Nothing is beneath Him; not even the task of helping me find a needed lamp pole for our street!
Mark Finley, Assistant to the President, General Conference
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