A Shovel of Faith

November 28, 2011 by Paul Chappell

For the eleventh time in the history of Lancaster Baptist Church, we thrust our silver shovel in the ground, beginning a new building project by faith. Yesterday morning we broke ground for our West Wing Tower—the first in a three-phase expansion project for our auditorium.

From a human standpoint, starting a multi-million dollar building project during an economic recession is poor timing. But as we gathered on the lawn yesterday, we looked at another time in history when God’s people began a massive building project in uncertain days. Like Nehemiah and the Israelites who built the wall with him, we believe that “The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build” (Nehemiah 2:20)!

Many times over the past twenty-five years we have stepped out in faith and made the sacrifices necessary to provide more space. Every time, God has not only been faithful to provide each need, but He has also filled every new seat! This week, we embark on another spiritual journey that will expand our capacity to reach more people and will increase our faith in God to provide.

I’m so thankful for a church family who has shared their pastor’s vision for twenty-five years and has forged forward by faith—both in prayer and in giving—with every building program. I’m thankful for godly deacons who wholeheartedly lead our church family forward in this effort.

I can hardly wait for the much needed space this expansion will provide for our church to reach many more with the Gospel message; and I’m looking forward to the day when all three phases of this project will be accomplished for the glory of God.

Please pray for us as we march forward in faith believing that God is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think!


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  1. Thank you for your faithfulness, Pastor. We are so excited about what God continues to do in Lancaster at our home church as we strive to build a work here in Cojutepeque, El Salvador for His glory as well.

    Stay strong and keep on keeping on. We are praying for you all and are there in our hearts working hard on this end.

    Comment by Esther Fridenstine — November 29, 2011 @ 9:04 am

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