We all know that when God closes a door, He opens a window. And He is doing just that with Abigail. For the last 7 years, we have been blessed to use the building of our Crisis Center/Clinic without any charge. I bless the people who have allowed us to use this facility all these years. But they now need their building for another purpose. And the Lord is moving us to another location.
I was not thrown into shock when I received the news. My spirit immediately leapt with anticipation of what God was going to do! I thought of our doctor and wanting to keep him in employment. So I started praying. I felt led to talk talk with the president of the Hope Center and see if perhaps we could use a small room just for the doctor until we decide where to relocate the Clinic. When I met with her, I explained the situation and asked if she felt a room in the Hope Center could be used temporarily. She began to explain to me that she started praying a year ago, asking God to put a clinic in the Hope Center. I was FLOORED!!!!! I literally began to cry and we prayed, thanking the Lord for opening doors for Both of us!!!! He had given both of us the desires of our hearts.
I immediately began the construction that would be necessary to have offices for our doctor, dentist, counselor, and a warehouse for medicines. All of this construction required building walls, running new electricity, closing doors, and opening new doors. And all happened within three weeks! Talk about moving and shaking!!!!! All of the construction is finished and I will be moving everything this week. We will begin to see patients a week after that. We will be dedicating the new clinics on Sunday 18 Sept.
Now why am I all excited about this wonderful door that has opened? In the area of the new Clinic, the majority of people do not attend church. We are in the middle of a gang neighborhood where we have received favor with everyone living in the area. A few weeks ago, a gang member came to the door and asked if people prayed there. The ladies there that day told him yes, and then he said he needed prayer. So prayer is what he got!!!!
Also about 6 weeks ago, we put our counselor in the Hope Center to allow the children to get to know her and in turn the families in the area get to know her. I anticipated she would need about 4-6 weeks before she would begin to build trust and start counseling sessions. But after just two weeks, she was counseling with ladies and eventually even with couples. They began to make eternal decisions and I saw again, the harvest field that we were being given.
Even more ministry will becoming out of the Hope Center/Abigail Clinic. We will be operating our Abigail Life Blessings out of this location. This is our food distribution center where families will be able to receive the blessing of a food basket. This will be just another way we can bless the community and more eternal decisions can be made.
Also as a result of these new eternal decisions that are being made, we will start having weekly Bible studies there in just a few weeks. Again, God is giving us new lives to speak into and make disciples. How He always goes before us preparing a way where there does not seem to be a way!!!
The only thing that He has not told us yet is where exactly we will relocate CPR church. I know what I feel the Lord is going to do as I know He has used that church to literally change lives and families for eternity. So I covet your prayers as we consider several options, only wanting to do what HE wants to do!!!! We have a temporary location for the church and I am thankful for that. But I know HE has something more permanent and I have a high level of anticipation as I wait for Him to move us.
Once again, I find myself just trying to keep up with what all HE is doing!!!! It is exciting and exhausting all at the same time. But I LOVE what HE is doing and that He allows us to be a part of it. Please continue to pray for us and all of our volunteers. All of our other programs continue to touch hundreds of lives every single day. Please know that we cannot do any of this without you, your prayers and support. Thank you for allowing Him to use YOU!!!
Published: 11 September 2016