On August 5th, 2012, we were blessed to hold a Dedication and Grand Opening Celebration for our new Student Ministries facility at Covenant Church Colleyville. The rendering for the 18,000 square foot building was drafted in the spring of 2007 less than 9 months after the property was given to Covenant Church by Colleyville Christian Fellowship. The drawing included a 150 seat auditorium for teenagers, a 100 seat auditorium for the elementary students, 9 classrooms, a gym, coffee bar, gameroom and two offices. Over $3mm was invested in this project to bring the vision into reality.
Congratulations and a huge thanks goes out to our Founders and Senior Pastors, Mike and Kathy Hayes, the members of each of the Covenant Church campuses who all contributed to the project in one way or another, Lance Bernard and Wailen York of Construction Zone International, the General Contractor and the many subcontractors who worked on the project. A heart-felt thank you to the members of Covenant Church Colleyville who gave sacrificially of their time, talent and treasure and understood and believed in what we were trying to accomplish in our local community. Your constant prayer and words of encouragement provided strength during the pressured filled days. Many thanks are also in order for those of you who were not members of Covenant yet you prayed earnestly for the project and gave financially each time an appeal was made. The staff at Covenant Colleyville, Pastors Carter and Ann Foster, Pastors Kerry and Rochelle, Pastors Shawn and Lindsay, Della, Daniel Nash, Emily, Daniel Sirka, Andria, Teresa kept the faith and stayed positive during the construction delays and took the time to walk through the project with me a thousand times over, even though on some days no construction progress had been made.
Words cannot express my gratitude to my sweetheart Cyd who steadied me when my faith was under attack. I could hear her crying out to the Lord before daybreak asking Him to strengthen and give me courage. Cyd you are truly a God-fearing warrior. What can I say about Seth and Caleb who are continually my comedy relief; life is full of joy for me because you two love life to its fullest and always come up with profound and funny comments at just the right time.
Finally, I give thanks to my Father in heaven, who loves me unconditionally. Father, you empowered me with your strength and when my faith failed, you didn't condemn me, you gently placed your arms around me and reminded me that this was your project and would fund it according to your plan. You told me, "I've Got This!" and I believed you. Thank you for giving me your perspective - it sustained me. I love you Lord!
I'm grateful that our heavenly Father had a plan, revealed it to us, provided the resource to thousands of people who funded the vision and brought it to completion. May many families be saved and lives changed because together we believed God and built something that will transform people for generations to come.