How do you Build a Church that cannot be Hidden?
If you drive through the main street of Mangawhai, New Zealand you can’t help but notice the construction of a road being built up to the top of a hill, the highest land in town. With new developments popping up everywhere you wouldn’t be dismissed for thinking a developer had gotten hold of it and it would soon be sold off block by block. But in this little holiday town – half deserted except on weekends and holidays – God is giving the extraordinary to the ordinary and in the process building His church.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
When God asked two dairy farmers, Colin and Anne, to sell their cows, they wouldn’t have guessed that their obedience was going to lead to them becoming the senior pastors of Causeway Church 11 Years ago. They also wouldn’t have dreamed of the many more stories of God’s power and provision that were headed their way – and it wasn’t long before the church of 50 outgrew their small building and they began the frustrating process of looking for land that at one point took them to the highest land in the town – with a price tag to match.
Because they weren’t willing to put such a high burden on their church they began renting (and outgrowing) the largest building in the community while they continued to believe that God would provide the land they needed. But it was the building boom and they were told time and time again by well meaning individuals that they had missed their chance.
But God likes to prove Himself by doing the impossible. He also loves the opportunity to teach His kids and build their faith and so He made them wait. While their faith waivered at times, it did not fail, and it was a few years later that the real estate agent rang and told them to make an offer on their dream block overlooking the town.
Surprised by the call they decided to make a ridiculously low offer, not expecting much out of it. But a counter offer was returned of half the original asking price – an absolute bargain. It was an amazing offer and the church would only have to borrow a small amount, but God didn’t want to do the amazing – He wanted to do the impossible, and by the time they were offered half price He had been very clear to the leaders of the church as to the price they were to pay. It was a figure the church had in the bank and they made the difficult decision of declining the amazing offer – instead giving the real estate agent the figure God had supplied – he shook his head and left disappointed that they had missed their chance.
As the leaders of Causeway Church waited, wondering if they had made the right decision, their faith was once again put to the test, but it wasn’t long before the real estate agent arrived back at their door in a state of shock – their offer had been accepted and Causeway Church was about to be the proud owner of a hill to build God’s church on – debt free.
Now they wait for the next step in God’ provision – the building. The expectation is obvious, and they have learned to keep their eyes firmly focused on Him, giving Him praise for what they know He will provide. They now wait, not for the amazing but for the impossible.
All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson