What a ray of comfort for believers to savour these words! Everything…is the Lord’s….the world and everyone who lives in it! In times of uncertainty, this simple truth gives believers a comforting peace. And yet, this truth is also given as a mandate….”everything is the Lords, and all who live in it”… we are not our own and all that we have is the Lord’s.
Every year, the board and staff at Streetlight take time to reflect on this simple truth. Our lives, our ministry and our finances are not our own, but gifts from God that He has commissioned to use for His glory. What a humbling task He has given us. And yet, what a rewarding task as we have opportunity to share the light of the Gospel in the Beasley neighbourhood and see blessings unfold.
The Lord has blessed us with staff and volunteers who give of themselves to the community in terms of a helping hand, a listening ear and the message of the gospel. The Lord has blessed us with a community who has responded to this message and become involved in clubs, groups and worship services. And the Lord has blessed us with supporting church families with financial means so that this ministry could continue to flourish and offer a shining light in this community.
Now, after 20 years, and a continual blessing of growth, Streetlight has grown beyond its current location. The board has approved a $1 million rebuilding project on its current location. This will include an accessible facility and washrooms, suitable classrooms and kitchen, and a larger sanctuary to host our growing congregation.
If and when funding allows, we hope to break ground in February 2017, and move into our new building by September 2017 – before the start of new study season. In order for this to happen, we will continue our fundraising efforts, striving to meet our budgeted goal of $1 million. We have so far been very blessed by your donations, but we aren’t there yet!
And now it is your turn for reflection on this simple truth. We ask that you prayerful consider how you may use everything that is the Lords in regards to this project. Also, encourage your children, your young people to also contribute and become involved where they can. Together, we can continue to use our lives, our ministry and our finances to reflect the light of God’s grace in our community and….. Shine On!
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