Answered Prayer #13094
31st Oct 2019
Provision for a huge new project
Thirteen years after the formation of the Maranatha Community, new premises had to be found to accommodate the increasing activities of Maranatha. As Maranatha had never had a surplus of funds, the problem was finding premises in a suitable and affordable location. In past years, God had always faithfully supplied all finances needed to accomplish what we had been asked to do. Prayers were offered and we waited on the Lord to open the right door and several months later, He did just that. A local shop became vacant which belonged to a Maranatha member who said she had been praying for years that it would be used by Christians. Hearts leapt - God had certainly moved. Ten days later proposals for a new office, café and bookshop were put forward for approval to the Maranatha National Representatives, a country-wide body of the Community, where all decisions were made in prayer, with action only being taken after discerning God’s will. After much prayer the unanimous decision was given that we could go ahead with the project, and so in 1994 the lease was agreed. The task of setting up the shop seemed enormous, but somehow God gave us the ability to tackle one task at a time and His provision, both in terms of finance and skills, given voluntarily, was awesome. The whole project needed an overseer, a person with multiple skills - God provided that person, who took every fresh challenge with positive assurance that "with God everything is possible". There was no shortage of help. Volunteers offered to take responsibility for the lighting, the plumbing (including central heating), the décor, the plastering, painting, sanding, making a bespoke counter, the style of shelving - the list is endless. The premises became a hive of activity, with the work being carried out to the accompaniment of worship songs. God made us aware that Texas Home Stores were shutting down all their café outlets. On telephoning the local manager of Texas Home Stores he confirmed this to be the case and a week later we had acquired all the crockery, cutlery, kitchen/catering equipment that we needed at a fraction of the estimated cost. Throughout this project we recognised that God never changes, He is always with us and is always working for us – Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider, or as ‘The Message’ puts it 'God-Jireh - God sees to it.' O Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. O fear the Lord, you his holy ones, for those who fear him have no want…those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." Ps. 34 v 8-10.