I was at our church property (Bethany Worship Center-BWC) praying over the vision that God has given me for this region and while I was praying I heard the voice of God say, “Rise and build.” I asked Him, “How, Father, what is your strategy?” He instructed me to write this letter asking for help and support. He said, “This is a [Nehemiah, requesting from the King moment] (Nehemiah chapters 1&2). You ask for help and provision from Kings, and ask others to ask the Kings that they know, on your behalf.
Everyone can do something, but I am asking Kings to do much! I am asking out of Obedience. I am doing my part and I know that He will do His part. I am not good at the asking part. I am sure that it has a root in pride as I have seen the abuse and do not want to be associated with those who misuse and abuse in requesting help.
For those who don’t know, God has blessed BWC with 7 acres in Allen, Texas right across the street from Allen High School; home of the nation’s largest and most expensive high school football stadium which will open for the first time this September. The high school has about 6,500 students not including the freshmen center. Muslims had tried to purchase this property to build a mosque, but God was faithful to us and that is a whole other testimony. God has supernaturally led my family and me to Allen. We have many incredible testimonies that I will be happy to share, if requested.
We have purchased the property, but we have not been able to build. We have the plans drawn and approved by the City of Allen. The permits have been issued. We have paid most of the city fees including the building and permit fees, but we still have about $50,000 in fees to pay before we can pick up our permits and begin construction. We have been told that the city will not extend our permits again and they will expire, the middle of September 2012. This is the, “Nehemiah 1:3 …in great distress and reproach” piece for BWC.
The short vision is: “To build a Kingdom Resource Center” where we train and equip even the generations yet unborn yet to come. The plans are an amazing community fellowship design complete with outdoor fire pits; fountain, barbeque area, and a place for live outdoor worship. There will be a coffee shop, patio plaza, and bookstore. The atmosphere will be an inviting Family, “Fellowshipping at Father’s House!”
There are many ways to help: Praying in agreement with BWC to complete this portion and not lose the funds, time, energy, and resources that we have invested. You can help by telling others and asking for their help, and of course, the obvious part of giving. Our mailing address is: BWC, P. O. Box 1776, Allen, TX 75013. There is a “Donate Button” on our web page www.bethanyworshipcenter.com and you can contact me by phone: BWC office 214-495-1057 or my cell 469-688-2527.
I know that we are rich soil to sow into, and you can expect God to honor your giving into this Great Kingdom Opportunity. I will be praying God’s abundant reward in all areas of your life. I know He is Faithful! I can send a letter on BWC letterhead if requested. I will be happy to come and share this opportunity in person.
I appreciate the opportunity to share our need with you, “Thank You” in advance for your kind and generous heart!
Great Grace and Blessings,
Carl and Cheryl Tiner
And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me
…in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
11 O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”
For I was the king’s cupbearer.
1 And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. 2 Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.”
So I became dreadfully afraid,
3 and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?”
4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?”
So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”
6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,
8 and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.”
And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.