Proverbs 19:21 tells us that man makes many plans, but it’s the plan of the Lord that will prevail.
Earlier this year we were so excited to announce that we had gone under contract on 35 acres of land for our new church home that was less than 10 minutes away from our current location. But even with all the excitement and expectation, we knew that in order to know for sure that this would be the location for our new home, we needed to do our due diligence to make sure that we could in fact build our new home on the property. We knew there were some challenges with the property but could find the right solutions to overcome these challenges. Our due diligence told us that Yes, we could build, but it would cost us close to 3-4 million more dollars than we had anticipated. And still, a few of our questions were not answered.
In October we terminated our contract on the 35 acres and asked God to provide the right piece of property for us. Within 10 days, we found a property that had fallen out of contract and was available to us, as well as a neighboring parcel of land. All together over 17 acres of land that had none of the same challenges as the previous property and was a much more visible location for us. Within days, we had negotiated prices on both pieces of property and signed paperwork and are now undergoing the due diligence process on these 2 parcels of land.
We made plans for the first piece of property, but God was preparing another piece of property for us at just the right time, and it’s a better piece of property with a better location. God is good!
We believe that as we move forward in our due diligence phase on this new property, we will be closing on the property sometime during the summer of 2024.
This year’s Heart for the House offering will be aimed toward closing the 5-million-dollar vision gap of purchasing new land, as well as associated project costs and making some necessary improvements to our current location as we continue to steward what God has placed in our hands.
We believe that in this next phase of Zeal Church, as we relocate to a larger property, we will be able to help so many more people Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference.