I have been asked about church. It is comforting to know many of God's people are seeking God on our behalf and have shown genuine concern for our ministry. Our situation is this, we are trying to buy the building we have leased. It was appraised at $132,000 prior to our renovations. It is now worth $400,000. It's on half an acre just a quarter mile from the main road, which makes for a good location for us. We have invested $80,000 plus labor in the last four years.
Our investment is going toward the purchase price, which drops it to $300,000, but we know what it WAS worth. The owner wants his initial investment of what he paid for the building plus a little profit. Therefore, he is asking $250,000, knowing he can kick us out and get more. We counter offered with $230,000. We are now at a standstill.
We are praying that God touches his heart to help us and sell it for what it was worth, because we brought the value up. If not, then we are asking for the $230,000. I am praying about seeking help to raise $50,000 for a down payment. I don't like debt. Unless God gives us a large sum of money, that's our option.
We don't want to walk away from this building. Yet, if that happens, we have a core group of about 20 people. We can transition to a place like a school until we can buy a property in the county and build. There are less regulations in the county. If we did that, I would lead our people to buy debt free and build debt free, so we may be in a rented facility for a few years as we grow.
When we started the project, we had about 45 people. When we were done, we had about 10. We took a huge hit. God took people out that had sin in their life and raised up some faithful people that did the work whose hearts were set on God. We are rebuilding now, and God has giving some new people. Some are in the process of being discipled and getting ready for Scriptural baptism. Others have Scriptural baptism and are candidates for membership. We are in the process of voting them in for membership, pending they submit to our doctrinal statement, which keeps our church in one accord.
The amazing thing is that our church did a corporate fast from the 1st to the 4th, giving the first days of the year to Lord & asking Him to lead our church. The very next day is when the owner started this process.I believe it is of God and that He is doing what it takes to move us forward, even if it means we move to a new location. I have perfect peace with that thought, I am just concerned with the morale of the people if this happens.
Not only did we fast for God to work, but we have been seeing people saved, as mentioned above. We are advancing God's work, and the devil is resisting. God wants a church like ours in Taos, and we know satan doesn't. Therefore, such situations are to be expected. This just confirms that we are doing God's work and that we are winning the battle here is Taos. It's encouraging to be part of the work of God!
I hope that answers your questions. I write in detail to share what is going on, and not to petition you for money. If the Lord leads then great. But that is not my intent.
Thank you for your prayer for us here in Taos. It is a very spiritually dark area of our country, comparable to Latin American 3rd world towns. We deal with spiritual wickedness often. As you know what it's like to fight such battles, please keep us and our church in prayer.