In October, I had the privilege of ministering in Watertown, South Dakota for Pastor Mark Brown. Its an inspirational story – one that is too good not to share. I hope you enjoy it and it speaks to you!
Million Dollar Miracle
Ten years ago after graduating IBC my wife and I moved to Watertown, South Dakota to launch the Jesus Church at the age of 22. We really had no idea what we were getting into other than obeying the call of God to go. The excitement was there in hopes for explosive revival. Unfortunately everything exploded in our faces. The first 5 years was the most depressing. Finally we turned a corner and had 100 first time visitors in 5 months! Many of these folks were business owners, leaders, lawyers, board members, etc. The house church we were in was filled and they started talking about purchasing property and waving their money around. We had a revival week in hopes of seeing these folks born again. They were filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus’ name. Surely we had arrived! What happened next was not what I anticipated. They received revelation about what they had experienced and questions began to pour out concerning their friends, family, and others in the community that did not experience Acts 2:38. The first group questioned me about the essentiality of Jesus name baptism. I stood for truth and they left. The next group asked about the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of tongues. I stood for truth and they left. The next group and largest, left after making a stand for the Oneness of God. I tried to hold myself together with the remnant. They attacked my wife and I verbally after taking a stand on holiness. As they insulted me in front of my wife I began to weep as they shouted “This church will NEVER grow because of what you believe” and they slammed the door. I fell on the floor and wept uncontrollably. All the revival we just had, GONE! All the building plans we just had, GONE! All I could utter to God was “I’m trying! I’m trying”! The Lord spoke to me and said “Now I can trust you with revival”. There was only a handful of us left. I made a commitment to God that I did not ever want to be pressured or held hostage by people’s money. I began to preach to our group by faith boldly declaring that God was going to give us a building debt free that will host the revival He now trusted us with. For altar call we went out in a blizzard to a church property and anointed the key hole with my fingers freezing to it declaring it to be ours debt free in Jesus’ name. The property was a church on a main road that was a 11,000 square foot building, 4 acres, parking lot, offices, Sunday School rooms, Sanctuary for 250, Chapel for 60, kitchen, fellowship dining area, marquee sign etc. One small obstacle. It was $1.3 million dollars and we had $0. I shared what I believed with many and most shook their head and said “You’re being unrealistic”. I was at BOTT when a complete stranger spoke to me and said “The Lord told me to tell you that when you go home pray around the property you want that is about 4 acres and He’ll give it to you”. I couldn’t get home fast enough. We put our property for sale, and made an offer on the new property. I told them $250,000 and they said “yes”. I told them that we would have to sell what we have first. They said that they did not want to wait. We had a prayer meeting that same day and asked God for someone to buy our property. My phone rang and a man made an offer of $115,000, but only if he could move into it in 3 weeks. There was a church that was in contract, that was renting the property we made an offer on. I called that pastor and asked when they would be out of that contract. The pastor said “In 3 weeks”. We still needed $135,000 if we went forward with this offer. I told our church God will provide and we stepped out by faith not knowing where the money would come from. Miraculous giving began to occur within & without our congregation. Within 3 weeks, on August 4, 2015 we walked in to sign papers with $250,000 in hand! No bank loan. No debt. The church has been growing with truth and without debt. This is the story of our Million Dollar Miracle. But this would never had happened if we compromised the Truth or quit early. As fast as this happened it really has been 10 years in the making. Tarry in your city till Pentecost.
1Co 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
PS All of this happened while increasing record offerings to SFC, MM, SOC, CFC, & Global Missions
Pastor/SD District Youth President