One month ago we started a Year Long Giving Campaign to raise $100,000 to finish our Kid’s Wing in Building B. As some of you know, we don’t have a lot of success in our history of raising money. We even started our church with so little capital, we were almost destined to fail…only by God’s grace did we make it month to month in those early days! So when we started this campaign, we braced for a VERY long road of a little at a time. No problem…baby steps are still steps and we are in this for the long haul anyway…
Fast forward to our Annual Business Meeting last night where we got to announce our progress towards our $100,000. Watch the video below to see just how far we’ve come! 🙂
A little back story first…In case you didn’t already know, I’m in my second month as a Children’s Pastor and I’m loving it! I sure have a lot to learn in this genre even after 20 years in ministry, but we are off to a great start with a two year journey through the Top 100 Bible Stories. Every few months we will change up our theme to help them learn through play and fun! We started in Genesis with a Lego theme, which has included giant Lego people decorations, Lego bean bag games, Lego snacks, Lego Tower of Babel games, and MUCH MORE! We’ve been using music, science experiments, and videos to help them remember the Bible stories. We’ve had kids in costumes being our greeters and engaged more volunteers and helpers. We’ve already seen wonderful growth and kids are excited to come to class. I’m pleased with our launch and look forward to the future!
And as I have been watching all this with excitement, I was also grieving about the fact that the Kid’s Wing in the other building was going to go unfinished for now because our budget fell $100,000 short. If it was at all possible, we would have built the Kid’s Wing first as kids are definitely our priority, but due to the layout of the building and how all the parts worked together, the Kid’s Wing was pushed to the last spot on the docket.
So on Sunday we started a giving campaign that we knew may take our church some time to complete, but as with all things, you’ve gotta start somewhere! Pastor Mark let everyone know where we were at and a plan of everyone giving their best gift now and then extra every month until we met our goal. Sounds like a good plan, right? But then a miracle happened… we got a note that someone wanted to give a $50,000 matching gift. Half of our problems solved in one little moment. One little precious, church-changing moment.
So generous. So humbling. So motivating to work harder, give more, dream bigger…
And now I’m REALLY excited! Our very large goal got much more attainable and within reach for safe and secure restrooms and classrooms, a Kid’s Auditorium where they will learn, worship, and experience God, a large nursery, a large preschool room…all within reach.
So, now it’s time to do our part! Would you consider giving a gift that will get matched so that this “dream within reach” becomes a “goal completed”? The money has started coming in, which has been so encouraging, but if you’re reading this and you can help, we’d love your partnership too. Here’s the link: MATCHING GIFT
Also, it’s worth saying that while we were blessed by one BIG gift, the regular, faithful gifts of people who sacrifice every month are equally beautiful as well. You may never have $50,000 to give at once, but God knows that North Creek can stretch a dollar to make a big impact. Just be faithful with what you have and trust Jesus to handle the rest.
And would you pray for our children as well? If you know me at all, you know I jump into things with my WHOLE heart, and man….my heart breaks for this generation. I want the kids in our community to KNOW our Savior. I want them to LOVE church, LOVE the Bible and LOVE Jesus with wild abandon. I want these kids to be a force to be reckoned with as they uncover the power of worship and prayer in their lives. I want the anointing of God to pour out of their little mouths with power and authority that is straight from Heaven. So when you give your matching gift, just know this…our Kid’s Team is going to do everything in our power to wear that building out with as many kids meeting Jesus as we possibly can!
So, thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It’s been quite a journey with this building, but we can see the finish line!
(BTW, the Kid’s Wing is connected to the Office Wing, so $100,000 buys Office Space too!)