God is sufficient
We have found time and time again that God is sufficient. In adversity we turn to God and he is there for us, in our need God provides, and in our joys, God is there at the centre. We have learned so much about God’s provision as we follow his vision for our church and our community. The Wesley Centre was never going to be a cosy café restricted to our own people. It was always going to be a place for everyone. It is a hospital to bind up broken people, it is a chapel where people can meet the Lord, it will be a hive of activity for children to play safely in God’s house. It will be a meeting place for friends and a welcoming place for strangers. It will be for the glory of God, and we will be sensitive to God’s Spirit in the decisions we make.
God gave us the vision for a Café/Hub, he has provided the resources for us to go ahead with the work, and the building is nearing completion. We have been concerned when extra work has been needed because of repairs to the existing building and the drains. But in all of this God has shown that he is all sufficient, that he has given us a job to do and he will provide the resources we need, because we do not rely on ourselves but on God.
We have learned so much about faith, about really trusting God when the chips are down, and humanly speaking there seems no way forward, but at each turn God provides, he raises our faith levels so that we can continue to walk in faith, even when our faith is weak. We take great encouragement from Jesus’ disciples who spent three years with him. And yet, sometimes Jesus would say to them. “O you of little faith.” We know what it feels like because we have learned again the lessons of faith as we walk with God on this project.
And we are grateful for those who have gone before us, who have created and maintained such a beautiful church. And we want to honour God by making our church a place which is accessible to all. A place which is filled with God’s love, a place where people can encounter God in a real-life transforming way.
I want to thank people for their patience as our activities have been disrupted by the building work. I want thank those who are working hard to enable the work to be done, and also for those who have stepped forward to be on the new Management Team. I would also like to thank Jonathan Green, our Project Manager, for the amazing way that he has kept us on course and guided us in the decisions we have had to make, and for the work he has put in himself.
The completion of the building work is in sight even though the finishing line gets moved every so often but we are a lot nearer than we were five years ago when we were first given this opportunity. Then it was a vision from God and now it is becoming a reality before our eyes. We thank God that he is faithful and he is all sufficient.
God Bless, Peter