we started with an audacious goal....
RAISE $2 MILLION DOLLARS. IN TWO MONTHS.
In every conceivable way, such a goal was beyond lofty. Commonplace wisdom for churches embarking on a fundraising campaign is not to aim above 2 or 3 times their annual operating budget. For us here at OBJC, $2 million is well more than 4 times that number.
From the very beginning we knew the only way this could be accomplished was by the providence and generosity of a very big God. We had to place our trust solely in the Lord, the one who sets the stars in the sky and commands the oceans and touches mountains to make them smoke, the one who is sovereign over everything in this world, including finances. And with that understanding we embarked on our audacious goal, our lofty hope.
And I write to you today to proclaim that God has showed up! In just 9 weeks, He worked through you, His people, to provide generously in donations and pledges and we have successfully reached our goal of $2 Million in donations and pledges.
BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL,
AND FORGET NOT ALL HIS BENEFITS,
WHO FORGIVES YOUR INIQUITY,
WHO HEALS ALL YOUR DISEASES,
WHO REDEEMS YOUR LIFE FROM THE PIT,
WHO CROWNS YOU WITH STEADFAST LOVE AND MERCY,
WHO SATISFIES YOU WITH GOOD
SO THAT YOUR YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLE'S.
- Psalm 103: 2- 5 (ESV)
The words of the Psalmist ring especially true in light of what we have been privileged to witness. Not only has God provided $2 million in pledges and donations, He kept going. As of right now, we are just shy of $2.2 million raised towards the renovation and expansion project. This is truly astounding news and we are so grateful to God, and to everyone in the OBJC family who took part in this remarkable endeavor. Please know that we remain committed to staying within our original budget and funds that are raised above our goal will go to a construction contingency fund in case anything unexpected arises as well as help strengthen our general operating budget in 2018 while we are displaced.
This past Sunday we gathered to celebrate all that God had done in bringing us to this point. And the leadership here at OBJC wanted to make one thing clear: this isn't about the building, it isn't about the money, and it definitely isn't about anything we did. This is about God and extolling His generosity and grace and goodness. We have received abundantly from Him and we acknowledge Him above all.
Furthermore, we recognize that this generosity is a mandate. We now found ourselves with a heavy weight of responsibility to make sure that we are accountable stewards of God's generosity in the coming year. We will be sending you updates periodically to give you the latest information on the project and where finances stand. You can also visit ohbejoyfulchurch.org/opening throughout the year for the latest.
Thank you Oh Be Joyful. And please join me in thanking our generous Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As the classic hymn Praise to the Lord, the Almighty says, "Join me in glad adoration!"