Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker,” writes that every miracle has a backstory. Here’s mine. After the Hispanic Pastor’s Day with the DS , Oct. 6, 2012, instead of going home, the Coolidge family invited me to stay over in the Miami Beth-El parsonage because I was to preach and hold Pastor Ardee Coolidge’s review the next day. By Sunday morning my lungs were having a severe allergic reaction to mold. It cleared up in a few days. But the more I thought about it, the more concerned I became about the health of the Coolidge family. I had to act. (see pictures attached of some areas of the unfinished parsonage)
I contacted Robert Broadbooks, USA/Canada Regional Director, to see if there were any Alabaster Funds to assist the Miami Beth-El church to solve this mold problem. Within minutes $20,000 was committed. A mold restoration specialist was contacted and it was quickly determined that the house was completely contaminated with black mold due to a undetected water leak in the roof. The idea was that $20K would do about half the cost and the church would borrow the remainder. Meantime, the Coolidge family moved into the Fellowship Hall and SS classrooms to live. Weeks have quickly turned into months with no promise on a loan coming through. (the gentleman working on the loan left the bank during this time)
The need is $29,000. By the time of the Advisory Board meeting, last Friday (3/1/13), God had spoken clearly to Kaye and me about not allowing this need to go unmet. The Advisory Board formed a circle of prayer around Ardee and Roy Shuck (that’s another sinkhole story) and then acted. Each DAB member donated his mileage reimbursement check ($450) and voted to respond immediately and trust God to supply the need. The very next day, Dennis Moore, NMI President, shared the need with the NMI Council. In a loving act of compassion to one of its own they, too, gave up their mileage reimbursements ($650) and dipped into savings to give aid in the amount of $5,000–! Another check from a council member brought the total to around $7,000, lowering the need to $22,000.
Yesterday, at our Redland church, I had the privilege of installing Treavor Pound. I mentioned this need at the beginning of my message in the first service and a dear lady came up and gave me a check for Miami Beth-El for $100. Need now lowered to 21,900. The full installation service in the second service left about ten minutes for the message, and The Lord directed me to do otherwise. I told the backstory of this need and gave the people on their “First fruits” Sunday (all tithes and offerings given to others) another opportunity to give. $945 came in. With other checks handed to me the Redland response was $1,355 bringing the total down to $20,545.
My question at the beginning of another week is this: will you give an opportunity for your people to respond to this need to get a fellow pastor and his family out of living in the church’s fellowship hall with no showers back into their parsonage? I believe this need can easily be underwritten if everyone responds as God directs. I ask you to do so, that Christ may be glorified. Send checks to our bookkeeper, Vanessa Sackett, marked Miami Beth-El, and we all will rejoice when God supplies this need.
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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