Dawnings - Building Hope
On behalf of the Dawnings Team, I am excited to report to you based on what we have experienced over the past eighteen months of our Dawnings journey. Working and praying together, we developed definitions for vision, formation and engagement. Out of these definitions we sought to discern God’s direction for our church regarding these three areas.*
After much prayer and study, we realized we were being led toward four general initiatives: Building Community, Supporting Families with Children, Outreach to Students, and Outreach to Senior Adults. We have already begun working to develop some of these initiatives in the life of our church. The 5th Sunday Fellowship is one example.
On Sunday, June 12, we led worship as part of our task of telling the church about this challenge. We have discerned God leading us to build at least one Habitat for Humanity house in Inman. This is not something that can be done immediately, but only after securing the proper resources financially (about $75,000) and for labor. Habitat Houses of Spartanburg has committed to work with us on this project if we choose to move forward with it.
Building a Habitat House will develop the initiative of building community. It will help us build community within the church as we work together on a common mission. It will build community with our Inman community as we invite them to work alongside us and as we actively engage with the family who will live in the Habitat home. Engaging with that family will allow us to make a long- lasting relationship with a family who will be planning to live in their new home for 30 years – the length of their Habitat mortgage. (Habitat home-owners have a mortgage held by Habitat.)
Building this house will also enable us to develop the initiatives of supporting families with children and outreach to students. Working with Habitat may allow us to later advance the initiative of outreach to senior adults, too.
We propose to fund this project through our Building Fund. We should soon eliminate our current building debt. This is cause for great celebration. It also allows us to consider ministry, mission and building needs we have postponed while we serviced the debt. We propose using 2 of every 3 dollars given to our Building Fund to fund our own building needs and give 1 of every 3 dollars given through the Building Fund toward a Habitat House.
We ask you to spend much time over the next 30 days praying about this challenge. We believe we have been led by God’s Spirit to propose it, and we have already gotten the blessing of our deacons. Please join us in praying how God would direct our church to respond to the challenge. On Sunday, July 17, we will ask the church for their blessing of this project should the church choose to bless it.
Paul G. Moore