In 1996, Pastor Stan and Rose Florez gathered our church, about thirty people, to seek God in prayer asking Him to reveal “His Vision” for Club1 Church (formally New Horizons Community Church). He asked them to not set any limits on what God can and will do through a people of faith. We began to dream together on what we believe God was calling this body of believers to do. We were a small church with no money, property, or building, but we had great faith. We calculated how many acres of property we would need to fulfill this mission, and estimated we would need at least 30 acres and around $70,000 for a down payment.
Then some remarkable events started to take place. Pastor Stan continued looking for three years, yet nothing seemed to be from the Lord. He did not believe our church was in a position to purchase property and figured in the Lord’s timing He would make it happen, so he stopped looking.
Pastor Stan spoke with Pastor Art Sphar of Lake Tapps Community Church, whom he strongly respects, and Pastor Sphar encouraged him to continue looking for property. Pastor Stan didn’t have the heart to tell him there was no money available to purchase property.
Pastor Stan also spoke with Pastor Gray Ojala of Neighborhood Community Church, who told him about 20 acres of property that was for sale and that it would make for a great church site. At that time, Pastor Ojala was unaware that we were looking for property.
Pastor Stan continued to pray, but still felt it was not the right time. He figured he would let it go and leave it in the Lord’s hands, and would not pursue it anymore unless He made it clear.
While doing his regular devotions, Pastor Stan came upon a passage that referred to pastors (Shepherds) in Proverbs 27:23-27, he reviewed a commentary which said, “Thou shalt become a purchaser, and buy land to leave to thy children.” After discussing the commentary, Pastor Stan spoke with Rose, who told him, “You always told me that God will provide for His work. Maybe it’s the Lord’s timing, I think you should go look at it.” So although he still felt apprehensive, he continued to look.
Pastor Stan saw some property for sale, believing it to be the 20 acres that Pastor Ojala had told him about. At the driveway entrance to the property was a sign that read “40th Psalm Ranch." For the past month, Pastor Stan had been preaching a series of messages based on the Fortieth Psalm entitled “It’s My Turn Now.” He had been telling the church that they had been obedient in doing all he asked in spite of the hardships and trials they faced. He believed the Lord was about to do something that only He could do and receive glory. We had been waiting for God to act.
Pastor Stan approached the property owners who wanted a “cash out” sale. He sent them a letter about the events that had led him to this property, believing this was a divine appointment. He asked them to seek God about it and informed them we weren’t looking for them to "give it away". We would be willing to pay what they were asking and that God would provide. When he finally met one of the owners, he asked her if she had read the letter. She responded by saying, “You want to know something interesting – the day I read your letter, my devotional study was on Psalms 40. I immediately informed my husband. It’s either God ---- or bad pizza!” They laughed and then prayed together.
Finally, the property owners believed it was meant to be, and they accepted the offer and agreed to do an owner contract, and get this - only $70,000 down. This was the amount of the down payment with even more acreage than God led us to pray for three years' earlier. The land itself is classified R10, which allows for everything the Vision requires.
In less than 4 years the property will be paid off, and that is a miracle!
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