This morning at about 6:45 am I learned that the Freedom Church trailer (along with the contents of $30,000 in audio, visual and lighting equipment) was stolen.
At first glance we may see this as a problem, but as I have been listening to God for the last few hours inbetween praying, talking with the Sheriff and planning how to “do” church this weekend I have seen that this is actually another opportunity to BE the church.
1. We can BE the church in our response.
If we were just “doing” church then our stuff would be very important. The truth is of all of the calls I could get as a Pastor early in the morning – stolen stuff is a good one. No one was hurt, no one has died and no one can steal our vision to BE the church in Berkeley County.
This just confirms the need for more life-giving churches in our community. It’s also just stuff. The only thing that seperates us from replacing it is money and God owns all of that (and it’s in our wallets) so I am pretty sure we are good.
So as far as Freedom Church is concerned we plan on BEing the church in our response. We also plan on doing church this weekend like normal. Our friends in local churches are already offering to help proving that the church in the Low Country is amazing.
We are not angry, upset, stressed or worried. God has our back.
In fact if you happen to have stolen our trailer, just let us know and bring it back and not only will we not press charges we would love to help you through whatever caused you to steal.
2. We can BE the church in our generosity.
This was not expected and not planned by anyone. When unexpected things happen to a family it takes sacrifice by the family as well as friends of the family to make things right.
If you are a friend on facebook or twitter with me then you are a part of Freedom or a friend of Freedom. I want to give you a chance to help us during this unexpected time. Will you consider giving a financial gift above and beyond your normal tithes and offerings at your home church?
You can do that at https://freedomchurch.onthecity.org/give
Including the trailer it will take at least 35k to replace everything, but together this is something we can do!
Under the “Select a Fund” drop down choose “Replace our Stuff”
Freedom Church will not be hindered or detered from our vision of helping people far from God find freedom in Christ – we can’t wait to see you Sunday as we celebrate our 1 year anniversary!