This month concludes the three year journey and adventure of Destination: Inheritance. Three years ago this month Firtst Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, began a capital fundraising campaign to add a 20,000 square foot addition to The ROC as well as the addition of a basketball pavilion, sand volleyball courts, and soccer/softball fields. All of that has been concluded. We only lack the addition of lights for the fields.
I want to thank you on behalf of First Baptist Church for your sacrificial giving that has brought us to this point.
In October 2008, we (nervously) laughed when I said that we picked the worst economic time in the last fifty years to begin a capital campaign. It certainly has been painful in many ways. Yet, I stand amazed at what God has done. We have completed everything that we set out to do without entering into new debt. In fact, we have reduced our debt.
Here’s where we stand at this point.
We pledged to give $6,148,000. As of this past Sunday, we have given 70% of that amount or $4,319,259.81. When we complete the lights, we will lack only about $600,000 to pay for all of the projects and to completely reduce all debt. We are thankful to be at this place.
Another way to look at it is this. We moved to this location in 2001. In that ten year period we have purchased 43 acres of land and completed three building projects and recreation facilities totaling over $22 million. Of that amount, we need $600,000 to completely pay for everything.
You might be interested in where we hope to move at this point. The addition to The ROC addressed the most pressing need that we had–space for small group Bible study for our High School and Junior High students. I know that educational space is expensive, but it is more expensive not to provide. I am thankful that FBC has been willing to do the difficult and make this possible.
We also need additional space, particularly for children and adults. We continue to pray and plan for the future. Once we have completed Destination: Inheritance, we hope to move forward with additional space that will be a blessing to our community, FBC, and the future of the Kingdom of God.
Our Finance team has asked that we keep Destination: Inheritance open through the end of the year. At that point, we will close the books on the capital campaign and look to what God wants us to do in the future.
Thank you again for your faithfulness. Please pray for God’s continued favor on His church.
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