At the top of the Prayer Mountain, neglected now for the last 10 years, this cross still serves as a reminder of the hopes and plans we had for a community worship center on these 7 acres of the former Dailey Farm. During the excavation of what was to be the ball fields, Pastor Kent had instructed the workers to deposit extra dirt and rock to form what we began to call our Prayer Mountain. As we prayer-walked the farm and sat atop the “mountain” we prayed that God would direct our church and our ministry on this land.
Kent, Jack, and JoAnne spent many hours with the Charles Town Planning Commission to get the 124 acres of the Dailey Farm annexed into the city. We had hopes of keeping 20+ acres that could be used for day care and assisted living as well as an expansion of the church. That dream came to an abrupt end with the bankruptcy in 2009 of the LLC with whom we had worked for several years.
But this year, one year after our dismissal from the UMC building and 10 years after the bankruptcy, the developer who now manages the property agreed to sell us 7 acres for a new church!
The price is $350,000 for the house and 7 acres which is situated directly across from St. James Catholic Church. We have an exclusive option on it until the end of January 2020. And we need $105,000 for a 30% down payment!
Our goal is to raise $105,000 by the end of January so that we can purchase the 7 acres of the Dailey Farm and the house that is on it. In order to be approved for a loan, we will also have to make sure that our monthly budget stays well in the black so that we can afford the monthly payments on the loan. But we will have help with that monthly payment. The farm house provides rental income of $900 a month to the current owners and we would continue renting the house for a while even if we began construction on a new building.
We will be engaging in a Capital Funds drive this fall to give each of us a chance to give toward our 20/20 vision! Please pray for God’s direction as to how you may help.
We won’t be ready for a construction loan by January, but once the land is purchased we will begin working on design with a building committee. Since our vision is Building for a New Generation we want to take into account such things as solar and wind energy and other green technologies. Perhaps we can be the first energy star church in West Virginia!
It’s important to remember as we embark on this vision that 1) God loves a cheerful giver and doesn’t want us to give out of duty or compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7) and 2) God will make it possible for you to be generous and your generosity will result in much thanksgiving to God! (2 Corinth. 9:11)