Last weekend we unveiled our vision for a DC Dream Center. It’s a dream we’ve had for a long time!
Here’s the backstory. In 2008 we hosted a Convoy of Hope that impacted tens of thousands of lives in one amazing day. When it was all said and done, we were pretty pleased with the effort and grateful for the 70 churches and organizations that partnered with us. But right as we were patting ourselves on the back, we felt like God said, “I want you to do this everyday!”
For the past four years we’ve been looking for a footprint while continuing to serve the community. This past summer, we were able to acquire an abandoned apartment building. And while it might not look like much, it’s assessed value is $500,000. We got it by paying $38,000 in back taxes. That was miracle #1. Miracle #2 was getting a spontaneous $100,000 gift from Pastor Mike Hayes and Covenant Church in Dallas, TX the very next day! What a confirmation! When God gives a vision, He makes provision! Then just before casting the $3.8 million vision, we got a matching grant which doubles every gift.
The natural reaction could be, “That’s great, now I can do half as much and it’ll equal what I was going to do.” That’s the wrong reaction! As I’ve prayed about it, I felt like the Lord was saying: “Don’t do half as much. Do twice as much.” And that is exactly what Lora and I are going to do. We had already decided on a pledge amount, but we made a decision to double our pledge in response to this grant and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
If you’d like to be a shareholder in the DC|DC, we need ongoing financial partners! You can donate online. We’d love for other churches in the DC area and around the country to be part of this vision as well.Nov 5, 2012 | Mark Batterson