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Our Search for a home for the Lighthouse. Part 3

23 August 2009

We returned from Thammasart University on 8 May 2009 determined to seek God’s Will whether to reconsider this property near Payap University.  By then, most of us had already lost faith in the property agent.

While Gade was still in Bangkok, the stretch of the 2nd ring road outside Payap University became the focus of our search.  As we searched, we remembered P’Dim’s property which was offered to us to build a student centre 2 years ago when the church was still in its infancy.  There were no baptized members at the time.  Habitat for Humanity was willing to foot the building costs and we would repay them slowly over time.

On 15 May 2009, Gade returned to Chiangmai and we looked at P’Dim’s land in JaReunSook Village [257 wa] 300m from Road to Doi Saket after the 3 corner market.  Another piece 1 km in from this piece [350wa].  Pimuk 3 [102 wa] just in sight of the Paradon International house and the Payap Law Faculty.  Another piece adjacent from Payap [290wa] and the original house we wanted behind Payap Net [70wa]  *1 wa = 4sqm.

Sunday, 17 May 2009 was our day of decision.  Which piece of land should we choose?  We narrowed it down to P’Dim’s land in JaReunSook village, the 350wa piece and the house behind Payap Net.  We drove out as a church to see the places again and we came back for a church meeting.  After prayer and deliberating the strengths and weaknesses of each plot, we chose the 257wa plot belonging to P’Dim in JaReunSook Village.

Monday, 18 May 2009.  We met P’Dim at her house.  She immediately gave us the title deeds to the land.  To anyone who knows about purchasing land, that is rarely done.  We hadn’t even paid her yet.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009.  Talked to my colleague Aj. Udom, Law Professor who gave us good advice on not transferring the land right away but signing an Sales agreement with the intent to transfer the property once the foundation had been set up.  He also suggested that we go to the land office to check how much tax we would have to pay.  That was truly a godsend as we would find out soon.

We met 2 architects who gave us some idea of the costs to build.  The 1st was Eld Anuporn of 1st Church, Chiangmai.  He said based on our rough sketch, it would probably cost 6 million bt. [10,000bt / sqm] The silence was deafening as our enthusiasm suddenly left us.

Thursday, 21 May 2009.  Going to the Land Office, we found out that if we transferred the land after 10 July 2009, the tax would only be 24,500bt.  However, if we decided to transfer there and then, the tax payable would be 83,500bt.  Truly God had good timing.  If we had taken the land 2 years earlier, the tax would have been even higher.

What were we going to do?  Had we “bitten off more than we could chew?”  What was the realistic amount that we could afford with our current members?

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Our Search for a home for the Lighthouse. Part 2

27 June 2009

“Ajarn, they don’t want to sell…” was the reply from P’Gade after getting in touch with the agent.  We had called on 21 Feb 2009, one day before our deadline expired.  “They don’t even want to talk to us unless we offer 1.9 million baht.”

How could this be?  We had prayed for 1.8 million baht.  The Lord had given us more than we asked for, could it be that we were to offer more money.  Even though the world was heading into its worst recession since the 1920’s.  What gave this seller the gall to raise prices as the economy in Thailand worsened.  Perhaps greed and a quick profit, hoping that we were desperate.

We had prayed specifically for 1.8 million bt.  No more, no less.  So we told him that if they were interested in selling to let us know by 31 March 2009.  Failing which we would consider other locations.  Everyone was now too busy with exams to do anything.

We continued to pray.  31 March 2009 went by without incident.  So began our search again.  Meanwhile we were preparing to go to Parn’s village.  Black Songkran.  We celebrated Easter and our Lord’s Resurrection.  A Fabulous Time at Parn’s Village. We drove to Bangkok for the 7th Evangelism Congress 3-8 May 2009.  Out of the blue, the agent calls to say that the owner now wants to sell.

What should we do?

Our Search for a home for the Lighthouse. Part 1

19 June 2009

“Build the People, Build the People!”  These words flashed through my mind as I was preparing breakfast for the children.  Pat was on the phone counseling a friend who was on the verge of suicide.  May – June 2008 flashed by as we were trying to start a foundation, look for property and we basically dropped everything and just concentrated on ministry.  It wasn’t till Sep 2008 while looking for a house to rent near Payap University that we saw a house just a 3-minute walk from the University.

On 22 Sep 2008 at 2:30pm, we officially signaled our intent to purchase with an offer of 1.8 million baht.  We offered a 100,000 bt deposit and asked for six months to raise the money.  The owner counter-offered just one month.  However, the agent said that the current tenant’s rental agreement would expire 22 Feb 2009.  He said that he when we had raised the money, we could just give him a call…

On 23 Sep 2008, we had 200,000 bt.  We began praying as a church, as a ministry and we began telling others of our intentions.  Meanwhile P’Gade and P’Nat were married on 1 Nov 2008.

By 3 Dec 2008, we had 357,191 bt.

At 16 Dec 2008, we were at 376,000 bt.

On 20 Dec 2008, we stood at 400,000 bt.  Slowly but could we make the 1 million mark by New Year’s Day?  Anyway, we were so busy with the Galilean team going to Parn and Jack’s Village.  You can check out the pictures here.

29 Jan 2009, the tally was 887,641 bt.  Not even a million.

By 03 Feb 2009, we were now at 980,441.99 bt [S$ 42,432.54 ]  Deadline was 22 Feb 2009.  This was getting close.  We had called the church together to fast and pray.  Could God work on our behalf?  After all, this was a brand new, tiny church of 6 baptized members and mainly students…

17 Feb 2009, we reached 2,397,040 bt.  Wow!  Praise the Lord!  How did that happen?  Five days before the deadline.  God had answered our prayers.  Or so we thought…

Time is short, Thank God anyway.

6 January 2007
  1. I’ve so much wanted to record the events of the last 2 weeks of December in greater detail but time has been a short commodity.  However, Thank God for David and Nelson who were here even for just a short time.  Nelson started a blog detailing their time here and we’re grateful for their contribution.  Check out what happened while they were here and also the birthing days of the Lighthouse.
  2. We had a church committee meeting on Wednesday.  We worked on the bulletin, talked about the worship order, the duty roster for the month, talked about our theme verse, details for the church signage and prayed.  Thank God for enthusiasm of the young people.
  3. Pat,  Nathaniel and Christy are sick.  We are fighting to get healthy.  Gade is also down.  We need God’s mercies for the long haul.
  4. Last night was the first time since Christy slept through the night since November.  Praise the Lord.  Last night, we prayed as a family asking for God’s Protection and praying that God would nullify the works of the devil in our family.
  5. Praise the Lord that Apple’s mom plans to come again this week.  She apparently was quite touched by the love, care and concern showed to them during the loss of her husband.