We have been in an intense season of preparation, prayer and planning for the vision God has placed in our heart to bring Ebenezers Coffeehouse to Uptown Charlotte. God has opened some incredible doors over the past four years. All roads led to a plan that we presented to one of the top philanthropy groups in the world about three weeks ago. Our faith was high and all signs pointed to this coming together in an amazing way.

We got word this week that this philanthropy group has decided to pass on funding. When I got that email, it felt like a punch in the gut. So many dreams and plans associated with this vision. So many hours of late nights and lattes cranking out work. After about ten seconds of feeling absolutely stunned, I had this thought race through my head: I trust you, God.

Responding well to closed doors is so important in our faith journey. I’m in no way perfect at this, but I choose to believe that God has his best in mind for us. And my faith is high that his vision for our city will be accomplished in his perfect timing. I truly believe that the fulfillment of this vision will be greater than any of us could have imagined. While times like these are disappointing, I choose to receive this closed door with joy. Strange? Maybe. But I know God has all resources in his grasp and he will provide for his vision for this city.

Thanks for all your prayers and support along the way. I am excited to see what God has in store for our church and our beautiful city…