â€œPraise God from Whom all blessings flow . . . â€œ
So begins the famous Doxology that is attributed to a man named Louis Bourgeois and originally appeared in the Genevan Psalter in 1551. I think we all know the wonderful song of praise. We at the Munakata Bethel Christian Center are about to see God finish a miracle He began some twenty-four years ago when He spoke and said, â€œLease property and build.â€
We stepped out of our boat in spring of 1991 and began walking on water, so to speak, and found lease property. Miraculously moneys came in for leveling the property and building a retaining wall. No bank loan. When the framework of the new building was about go up, the landlord came and said, â€œWe donâ€™t want any monthly payments for the use of the land.â€ Almost unheard of these days in any society. The building was completed and paid for by offerings from abroad as well as from within Japan. No bank loan. For twenty years we used the property, when the landlord came and asked us in 2011, â€œWonâ€™t you please buy it?â€ Our elders-deacons met, prayed, and came to a unified realization that God did not say â€œLease property and buildâ€ simply to leave us all by ourselves and abandon us. In November 2011 we unanimously agreed to take another step on the water toward the Miracle Worker. With the intermediary support of a local realtor, an agreement with the landlord was made and we began purchasing the property.
We agreed to purchase the property in four installments, three of which have been paid without a bank loan. The final payment is due the end of this month (January 31, 2016). Of the $93,000 payment due we have on hand (in cash) $55,350, leaving us with a balance of about $37,650 needed for the final payment. We are astounded at how God has moved the hearts of people and churches in the US as well as here in Japan to give of their personal year-end bonuses and savings accounts. Many widowsâ€™ mites have also been sacrificed. For which we can only sing, â€œPraise God from Whom all blessings flow.â€
Please, please agree in prayer, participate and praise God that this final payment will be made. Pray and ask the Lord for direction in how He might want you to participate. We will certainly be doing just that in the short few weeks before January 31. If you are so led to give, you can mail your gift to the address below for a tax-deductible receipt at the end of the year:Â Bethel Fellowship International,Â c/o El Tora Cabe, 1121 244th St SW #27, Bothell WA 98021.Â
With great, great anticipation we stand by, and ask you, too, to stand byÂ and see God complete this miracle.Â A scripture that has been a literal driving force in this miracle is â€”
â€œAsk of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.â€Â Psalm 2:8
From Japan, Nils & Andrea Olson, e-mail:Â firstname.lastname@example.org