22nd July, 2004
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he
delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand."
Talk about disappointment! Thirty-eight churches along with a few individuals, from churches in Ireland, Australia, France, Scotland, and the United States gave sacrificially for our attempt to purchase this prime land that deserved a strong, Bible believing Baptist Church on it!
The prospective property that we have been working so hard over the last five weeks for, was auctioned off today. The bidding started at 275,000 euros, and within 15 minutes went up to 485,000 euros. That final amount is equivalent to $641,000 US Dollars! Our maximum bid was set at 300,000 euros, or $380,000 for the acre. There was absolutely no way we could have matched anything like those numbers! We hardly had time to breathe!
But so many good things have come out of this event:
All of this in just three weeks! The Lord sure is good!
Even though we are very worn out from all the preparation for this event, and discouraged from its out-come, we know that the Lord is not finished directing our steps, and we are kind of getting excited about just where those steps will lead. If the Lord showed us such a wonderful property as we just encountered, and then so clearly said it was not for us, quite possibly, the next one will be out of this world!
Keep us in prayer - that we would have the Lord's clear direction, and wisdom.
All our folks express our most heart-felt gratitude to all the dear Christian folks and churches that gave toward this endeavour. Thank you so very, very much!
The auction closed after 15 minutes, but the victory had already been won 2,000 years prior! We just aim to stay on course, and keep running our race with patience, down whatever path the Lord should lead!
Praise God! He only does marvellous things!
Rejoice with us - the battle ain't over yet! There is another piece of property that God will direct our steps to!
Craig Ledbetter and family
Bible Baptist Church
29 Westcourt Heights
From Ireland: 021-487-1234
From the US: 011-353-21-4871234