Just reading that over again, I almost can’t believe it even happened. It was less than thirty days between the time we discovered the building was available and when the bank accepted our offer. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure if I have 12,000 square feet worth of faith. The truth of the matter is that God was not just concerned with Hilltop, He desires a resting place for His glory on Capitol Hill. He was giving us a missions base and it was only the beginning.
The conference was nearly at a close, and we had a mansion– but we didn’t have any means to pay for repair or cash to pay for the actual conference. Late after the last session on one of the last nights, we gathered together in one of our rooms. We were dead tired and nobody had the brain-power to figure out how we were ever going to get the money, so we did what we always do. We prayed. The very next day we had a meeting to share the great news about our missions base and to invite people to partner with us in it’s repair. By the end of the meeting, pledges were rolling in at a rate beyond our expectations.
At the same time we were receiving pledges, money started coming in to pay for the conference. By the end of the evening, we had over half the total cost of repairs for our missions base and enough to pay for the conference in full.
Stunned by God’s grace, we moved forward into the summer months. We felt from the Lord that it was time for us to leave the basement prayer room we called home for so long. Stepping out in faith, we moved to meetings every other Friday at a local church as we searched for a place of prayer.
A cornerstone of both JHOP DC and Bound4LIFE is the “sacred space” or the place of prayer. We believe that wherever we are, God hears us and our prayers are effective. We also believe that He ordains times and places for specific focused prayer. This place of prayer enables a dwelling place for the Spirit of God and becomes a beacon from which entire regions can be illuminated, hearts can be changed and lives can be saved. This is why we stand in front of abortion clinics and state courts and can say, “it’s not a protest, it’s a prayer meeting.” It’s not as much about the visibility of our group as it is the placement of our prayers. We are creating a sacred space.
Although the Lord gave us favor along the way, we found ourselves delayed in our search much longer than expected. Finding a location on Capitol Hill which holds a large group of people and can be equipped for prayer and worship within a certain financial bracket is basically impossible. Even our realtor who was at first hopeful started to wonder at the situation. Even though we had so many specifications, he thought we would be able to find a place. Days turned into weeks which turned into months and we wondered what was going on.
During a staff meeting while we were discussing the delay, a member of our staff said, “Well it’s either God or it’s the devil, and it doesn’t feel like the devil.” It was such a simple statement but it brought so much clarity to the situation. It really didn’t feel to any of us like we were fighting a battle of spiritual opposition, we just kept running into closed doors. When we remembered we’ve been praying for opened and closed doors all along, our hearts began to lighten. Instead of praying against something holding our building back, we started to seek the heart of the Lord in the midst of the waiting, and he began to refresh our hearts.
This is part three of a series. Stay tuned and watch the story unfold.