I am so grateful for all the love and support from our District family. - Rev. Dan Eddings
As we prepare for thanksgiving I wanted to post a quick update and share just a few of the many things I am thankful for. Today as I sit typing this update I am back in my office and it is almost completely rebuilt. I always knew I had a great office; I just never realized how critical it was to me to have a place to really focus and work. The educational wing of the church has all the walls up and painted. The carpet is coming on Tuesday and should take about two days to do. It is hard to believe that less than 3 months ago today we were under 5-feet of water. The foyer and the sanctuary are coming along great and should be done in the next couple of weeks. The baptistery is here and will be wired and plumbed next week. The new sound system will be installed next week and we will be able to finish putting the walls back together in there. We have ordered the chairs and expect them around Christmas. Overall we have made great progress in such a short period of time. I am so thankful for Bruce and Nancy Smith that have done so much of the work, along with Bill Green and Don Dillenbeck. Without these four people we would be WAY behind where we are. They are special blessings not only to this church, but to me personally as well. The finances are tight to say the least, but God has and will continue to provide.
I am also thankful for the ways that God has been providing for me and my family during these days as well. As some of you know the decision was made that we would begin to receive a housing allowance and purchase a home of our own in the area. This is something Deb and I have never done before, and I will be in no hurry to do it again in this lifetime. We found a very nice home up on the hill and went through the process of bidding, signing contract and applying for a mortgage. We had hoped to be in the house by now, but the Lord has not opened that door yet. The Lord has provided both a great realtor and mortgage consultant and I know that these two are a provision from the Lord and I am thankful for them and all they are doing on our behalf. We believe that God has provided this house and we would ask for your prayers as we continue to wait on the mortgage company. I am especially thankful for the family we have been living with. Not only have the Thompsons given us shelter in our time of need, they are away for the weekend and have allowed us to live together as a family for a few days. To some it may not seem like much, but I see it as a wonderful blessing and am thankful for even a few days together.
More than all of these things, I am so grateful for the many friends who have called, e-mail, texted, sent financial assistance, listened and most important prayed. Deb and I were talking yesterday and as we talked we both mentioned how blessed we are to have such a loving and supportive group of friends surrounding us. God has used you and especially your prayers to keep us going when it would have been easy to throw up our hands and quit. I am more convinced than ever that God is in control and He has a plan both for my family and our church. It is a plan that, as one friend recently told me, will blow the doors off this church. Please continue to pray not only for my family and this church, but also for the hundreds of people that are still recovering and rebuilding. Pray that God will be seen, heard and made known in these days and above all else that He would be glorified!
Facebook post from Rev. Dan Eddings