Our church is homeless!
We have been renting a local church for our worship services since 2011 and are just now starting to build our new church home. It’s been a long journey and at times we’ve wanted to give up. The financial burden has been hard on our small congregation, but the miracles we’ve witnessed, the timing of events and land purchases so far – there is no doubt God has a plan for us and is leading us every step of the way. Our next call is to raise $1,000,000 so we can complete our building project. We cannot do this alone so we are asking for your help.
How God has led us in the past
Our Grand Prairie Seventh-day Adventist church recently celebrated 100 years since its establishment in Texas. Over the decades, we have given rise to many area church plants and then the time came for us to replant. Our aging church building was in need of major repairs and no longer adequate for our needs so we began looking for land in south Grand Prairie. God led us to a beautiful three-acre property that we purchased in 2005 to be the site of our new church home. The following year we were able to purchase the adjacent property, and in 2009 we purchased the ‘strip’ that gave us 500 feet of frontage on the new main road for a total of six-acres. Two years later, in faith, we sold our church and began renting a local church so we could start our plans for building a new church. (Please visit our church websiteto read the miraculous story of God’s leading through these purchases.)
Finally, in July of 2014, we held our long awaited groundbreaking ceremony with the hope that a year later we’d be using our new church building. Unfortunately, our progress has been slowed due to inclement weather and unexpected land renovations and projects that depleted our funds.
In 2015, we increased our fundraising efforts and have finally started to build – the parking lot is complete, the foundation has been poured, and we are starting to install the steel structure. Soon we’ll need bricks for the walls and are now asking for your donations to Buy-A-Brick (or two…or more)!
Our mission continues
Through all this, we are committed to our mission statement - "To carry out the spiritual, mental, physical, and social needs of our church and community by following the example of Jesus' love and truth, as taught in the Bible."
For now, we operate all our ministries out of a small old house at our church property which is very inadequate for our needs. Many of the pathfinder meetings are held outdoors because of the lack of space. Also, the lack of facility is holding us back from conducting evangelism and health seminars, which we have done in the past and are eager to do again. The first phase of our construction will finish a multipurpose/gym building, which will be used not only for worship service but also for community events, health seminars, evangelism, etc. We also want to provide this space for youth events, where the youth will be able to play and socialize in a safe environment.
We need our own church as soon as possible to enable us to continue to be a light in the community. In spite of this, our church has a very active community service ministry and continues to help families by donating food, toiletries, school supplies, literature, and comfort kits to the homeless. Also, the Lifeline Shelter for Families refers their clients to our food pantry. Through this ministry, a family of four started visiting our church, received Bible studies, and was recently baptized – God is good!
Our youth ministry continues to be a blessing to our church. They regularly assist during church service with music and preaching. Our Adventurer and Pathfinder clubs are very active with camp-outs, earning honors and supporting our community service ministry and were recently awarded 1st place in the Bible Bowl competitions at the Division level in Keene, Texas!
We are thankful and praise God!
Our 150+ members are very enthusiastic about our building project and have given above and beyond their means raising over $600,000 over the past 10 years. Many are finding ways to help raise money such as car washes, selling quilts, collecting old phones and ink cartridges, and even hosting a concession stand at the Dallas Cowboy Stadium! As you can imagine, this is a huge commitment for any congregation. While our progress thus far has been a true testament of faith, we are now called to ask for help from our family and friends.
We know through Him all things are possible – even raising one million dollars to complete our project! We cannot finish this on our own and would like to reach out to you for your prayerful consideration in making a donation. Please “buy a few bricks” for our new church home. Every brick will make a difference! Thank you!