I have the wonderful opportunity to be a part of this ministry that each and every one of you that are reading this are not only a part of, but involved in. You may be thinking, “Where is Mike going with this?” You may not all be able to physically come out and do the labor, but I can say that we sense your prayers every day. I would like to share part of my devotions from a few days ago, from a book entitled “Prayer Is Invading the Impossible.” The title of this particular day is “Let It Be You.”
The God we worship is the Lord of creation, and His power knows no limits except those He imposes on Himself. Here is one of them: He waits to work His will on earth in answer to humans who ask. His kingdom – His eternal rulership – will only rule on earth where it is invited.
It is not a question of His ability to dominate on the sheer strength of His own intent. But with reference to earth and people, He has chosen to confine Himself to specific channels of operation. He wills to work through people. Rebels may resist, sin may abound, but He will find someone through whom He can work.
Jesus is saying, “Let it be you.” Luke 11:2 “And He said unto them, When ye pray say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”
As I spent the day thinking about this, the Lord brought you to my mind. The reason that I say that, is because I was preparing for our annual board meeting, putting together a list of projects that have been accomplished in 2012. Briefly I would love to share some of them with you as an overview of the year that has past so quickly.
Began Camp Glory Farm Development
- Barn remodel :
Poured new concrete floor
Built additions tack and feed room, a clean room and milking parlor, equipment storage
Sided entire barn with rough cut lumber
- Cleared and perimeter fenced ¾ (5 acres) of the farm area both with woven farm fence and electric fence top and bottom and sectioned and fenced 6 pasture areas
- Installed organic raised bed garden preparing for springtime community garden
- Wired and plumbed for 2 temporary RV sites (use often)
- Built a fire pit at the farm
- Installed water line into barn from existing
- Cleared and graded property for RV (4) and campsites.
Completed Second Phase of Recreational Center (The Exercise Room)
- Designed and outfitted a state of the art exercise room (all equipment donated)
Began remodel and expansion of the Treasure Chest
Replaced vinyl flooring in Kitchen and Dining Room of Unit A
929 house– a crack in the bathtub caused water damage to floor in master bedroom. Replaced Master bedroom sub floor and installed laminate flooring in master bedroom. Painted and updated interior of the Isley House (unit E)
Completed The Rice House (unit J) $48.00 per square foot.
Now thinking about these things the only thing that comes to mind is “Praise The Lord!” This place would not exist, and these projects would not have been accomplished were it not for first of all Our Heavenly Father, your prayers, physical help, and monetary support. Proverbs 15:29 “The Lord is far from the wicked: “but He heareth the prayer of the righteous.”
As we enter into 2013 as brothers and sisters in Christ, I invite and encourage you to stay involved. I believe that Larry is sharing a few of the upcoming projects and casting a vision for this year. I am excited because this year is going to be another year of excitement in that “we“ (you and the staff here at SMH) to see the All Mighty God of this Universe work beyond our amazement. Your involvement is eternally vital!
Because of Christ We Stand,
Mike Rich, Senior V.P.