2009.10.16~Our New Home (Updates)

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Greetings to you in peace! May the Lord Almighty bless you, strengthen you and keep you so that you will be more than conquers in all the challenges that you are facing.

It says in Isaiah 43:19: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland”. Our God is indeed amazing. Praise be to Him! He has made a way for us by preparing a church building for which we have long prayed. The property address is 321 W. 8thSt., Edmond, OK 73003. It is about 2 miles west of the UCO campus.

As you might have known, we’ve been looking for a proper place for our church for a very long time. After the fire at the 300 building that we shared with New Covenant UMC in February, 2008, it finally dawned on us that we truly need a place of our own most urgently for worship, fellowship and the many ministries in which we are involved. During the past one and half years, we’ve considered quite a few locations, both land and buildings, but all in vain. Yet, we’ve never been discouraged because He cares for us and listens to our prayers (our children’s prayers, too!). He has provided the very best place for us in His time.

This property was built in 1969 as a church. It has 8 rooms. Its sanctuary can accommodate up to 170 people. The building itself is approximately 5,800 square feet but the land around it is about 2 acres, big enough for us to build a multi-purpose activity center in the future!

We have signed a contract with the seller last Monday with a purchase price of $490,000. The closing date is October 30, 2009. Our building fund is $339,000 to date. The Bi-District Board has agreed to support us with $100,000 over four years, which is $25,000 each year. If the Bi-District Board decides to give us the $100,000 in a lump sum at their meeting on October 27, 2009, it leaves us with $51,000 plus closing costs as the balance to close the deal. We’d like to invite you to join us to praise Him with thanksgiving. We also would like to plead with you to pray for us to be able to complete this transaction.  If the Holy Spirit stirs your heart at this moment and you want to be a part of this glorious ministry with a monetary offering, you may send your check to the following address:

Edmond Chinese International UMC
PO Box 1453
Edmond, OK 73083

If you’d like to wire the money to our church’s bank account, please contact us for account details. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us as well. Thank you!

May God bless you!

Edmond Chinese International UMC
Rev. Puong Ong Lau


主內弟兄姐妹,

在主裡向您們問安!但願全能的上帝賜福與你,並加力量與你,使你能得勝所面對的一切挑戰。

以賽亞43:19說:「看哪,我要作一件新事,如今要發現,你們豈不知道麼。我必在曠野開道路,在沙漠開江河。」是的,祂是奇妙的神。感謝讚美主! 祂為我們開了道路,預備了一所教堂給我們,地圵是321 W 8thStreet, Edmond, OK 73003,離UCO校園大約2英哩左右。我們在尋找教堂已有多年的時間,特別在2008年2月火燒了所借用的New Covenant UMC 300号建築物後,我們更是需要自己的地方來敬拜神和進行各樣的聚會。在這一年半內,我們看了不少的空地及建築物,一直都沒找到合適的。神是顧念我們的神,祂垂聽兒女們(包括教會許多兒童)在祂面前不灰心的禱告,並且按著祂的時間為我們預備了最美好的。這是一間於1969年所建的教堂,聖堂可容納170人左右及有8間房間。雖然教堂只有5800平方呎,但是四周圍的地卻有近2英畒大,足夠我們日後再建一棟多種用途中心。

在上個星期一我們已談妥購價為美金$490,000,我們將於10月30日正式成交。至今教會擁有$339,000的建堂基金,教區答應支持$100,000卻分四年來給。若是教區於10月27日後同意一次給完總數,我們還需要近$51,000的金額成交。我們邀請您與我們一起把感恩、榮耀與頌讚歸給祂。我們也懇求你為我們禱告,求神保守一切的手續都順利進行。在此,若上帝在你心中感動你,要在金錢上奉獻參與這榮耀的事工,你可以把支票直接寄到:Edmond Chinese International UMC, P O Box 1453, Edmond, OK 73083.

若是你想直接把奉獻滙進教會的銀行戶口,請你與我們聯絡。若是你有任何的問題,也歡迎你與我們聯絡。謝謝!

願上帝厚賜與你!

愛的門聯合衛理教會牧師、同工及全體弟兄姐妺,
劉本恩牧師