Last weekend we unveiled our vision for a DC Dream Center. It’s a dream we’ve had for a long time! We have two core convictions that drive us 1) God will bless us in proportion to how we give to missions. 2) God will bless us in proportion to how we care for the poor in our city.
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, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll send you a digital brochure on the Dream Center. You can also donate online. We’d love for other churches in the DC area and around the country to be part of this vision as well.
Here’s the reality: there is a third-world country in our nation’s capitol. The statistics for crime, educational failure, fatherlessness and HIV/AIDS are off the charts. The Dream Center is our way of saying, “Not on our watch! Not in our backyard!” There are a hundred monuments in DC, but the DC|DC is going to be a living monument, a monument of compassion, a monument to what God can do when love people the way Jesus did.Nov 5, 2012 | Mark Batterson