For the last few weeks we dealt with the story of Nehemiah and heard how he was commissioned to build the walls of Jerusalem. Upon hearing about the condition of Jerusalem, Nehemiah left his life of comfort from Susa and went to Jerusalem to mobilize the Jews who had returned to Jerusalem. He offered much needed leadership and finally Jews were ready for the work of the Lord. Sure enough, Jews embraced the vision to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, restore to her some security, some national pride and the like. In spite of much opposition, Nehemiah was able to accomplish the task (Nehemiah 6).
I want to thank Stoddard United Methodist Family and friends of Stoddard UMC for your enthusiasm and determination to see this project complete. We declared this year to be a year of rebuilding: rebuilding the life of our church, rebuilding lives in the community, rebuilding survivors, rebuilding and rebuilding… I think you have already started to see certain things happening. The life of the church is starting to have a new look. February and March were months of fundraising for this project and I am very touched by your overwhelming responses and commitments you have made. Each one of you has claimed a portion to complete in this project. If you have time, please read again Nehemiah 3, you will understand what I mean. I cannot thank you enough for what you have done so far. As the church is raising the funds to see this project through, the building committee is working tirelessly with the architect to finalize the plans and pave the way for the groundbreaking in June. For your information, the architect has completed the building plans and he is currently working on the electrical, heating and plumbing plans which he hopes to complete in four to five weeks. The next step from there will be to send the completed plans to the State of Wisconsin for approval. I am sharing this with you to let you know that the wheels are turning.
All these are taking place because of our determination to rebuild. We are all in the work field. Now, can you dream with me? Our life together and the life of the church will be so much better once what we have started today will be completed or accomplished. Let us continue to pray for our projects. Let us continue to be obedient to what God calls us to today. We will be blessed beyond measure in the days ahead.
In His Service,
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