Wow, I shouldn't be surprised after all we say and sing that God does miracles; but when you are in the middle of it happening, and know that you do not have the enabling to make it happen, God's miraculous ways continue to amaze.
Yesterday we signed an agreement with the Jehovah Witnesses to buy their headquarters in Manurewa. It is an amazing site set on 7.5ha of land with a wide range of buildings totaling approximately 7272sq m. It is in immaculate condition and has been fitted out to the highest standards. After 30 years they are shifting their base to Australia so this was a unique opportunity.
Our intention is to relocate our South congregation here as it not only has a chapel seating 300, but also a large warehouse we can convert into a large auditorium. We will also relocate our Ministry Training College here and establish another campus of our school.
The Jehovah's Witness have agreed for us to take possession and make final settlement in one year. I know Boyd will hate waiting, but this will allow us to have time to sell our existing south property and we will probably need to sell a piece of land on the top of the new property to help fund the purchase.
I am so excited at what God has for us in the future. He has entrusted us with amazing properties to use wisely for His purposes. God gives us property,to run programmes, to help people, to fulfill His purposes. His purposes are what we live for.
Pastor Luke Brough
Senior Minister for Elim Christian Centre Auckland.