Often I have said, “When I get up in the morning and start my work day, I never know what a phone call or email may bring.” On June 7, while not in my office, but at a Lexington hospital with my sister, I received one of those calls. Missionary Keith Decker, with Cedaridge Ministries in Williamsburg, called with one of his “unusual” questions. “Do we have any ministries in Hardinsburg that could use a building?” he asked. He went on to share with me that he had been approached by a pastor now living in Williamsburg, that had a building in Hardinsburg that he would like to donate for ministry.
My reply was, “I don’t know of anything off the top of my head but let me make a phone call or two.” Not knowing of any particular ministry in that area, I looked up the phone number for the Blackford/Breckinridge Baptist Association and called new Director of Mission Brent Thornton. “Are you the lady I met at the DOM Retreat?” he asked. I said that I was and told him why I was calling. I didn’t know if he was going to shout, cry, pass out, or have a heart attack. He could not believe his ears. Then he went on to tell me his story.
Brent had only been in the DOM position for four months when, near the end of April, a gentleman had walked into his office and asked if they would be interested in selling the building that had housed their office for the past 35 years. The man made them an offer and the association voted, just a few days before I called, to sell their current building. They were going to have to find temporary office space almost immediately. He had been so concerned about where they were going to move. Now, he gets a call, totally out of the blue, about a building and 1 ½ acres being offered to them…for free.
On July 5, almost one month from that initial call, the property was deeded to the Blackford/Breckinridge Association. The facility, once used as a church building, has pews, furniture, a keyboard, and office space. And, while it is far from move-in ready, it offers incredible potential for ministry.
The facility may never be used as the association office but it is definitely in their long-range strategy for ministry. It is in a great location, is structurally sound, and has a building with over 3000 square feet of ministry space to be used for the Kingdom. “It is not hard to see God’s hand I the timing of this,” Brent said.
God has blessed me to share in just a small way in many stories such as this. How exciting to see Him at work. I am just waiting for that next phone call.