We wish to thank you all for covering us in prayer regarding the new Catch The Fire Ministries base which was about to be built in Doveton, Victoria.
We’re sure you all know that the land right next to us was purchased by the Afghani Muslim community to build a mosque which we at CTFM opposed, but the local council granted the permit.
This matter was taken to VCAT and the hearing was adjourned to November.
In Luke 14:25-35 the Word of God speaks of the importance of counting the cost before moving to build a tower or going to war. Well, in the past few weeks we have been doing just that, spending hours prayerfully seeking the Lord’s direction as to what we should do.
Pr Daniel particularly asked the Lord for a clear sign to show him whether or not he should continue to fight this battle in the courts, as the whole purpose of opposing the construction of the mosque was based on the fact it was going to be built right next door to our future CTFM base.
We were ready to go all the way to the Supreme Court, even though it would have taken us around 2 years and tens of thousands of dollars.
Well, all glory to God that our prayers were answered in the most unexpected way.
Last Thursday the 19th of September, Pr Daniel received a call from a Pastor friend who told him that he was willing to sell his church to CTFM.
Pr Daniel was absolutely shocked to hear this news as this was the church building where we at CTFM experienced a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit for 18 months, and where hundreds of people from around Australia were healed, delivered and set free. Also many souls were saved and Catch The Fire Ministries Apostolic Centre was birthed.
Pr Daniel had previously asked this Pastor 3 times in the past 3-4 years whether he would sell the building, as it was just right for us with plenty of office space, an auditorium that can sit 500 people and room for expansion.
After much prayer and consultation CTFM Board of Directors, Elders and Leadership have unanimously decided to buy this church as it is ready to move into, in addition to the fact that it is half the price of the other construction we were planning on.
We are so excited that yesterday we paid the 10% deposit and signed the contract of sale with the hope of settling and moving in by early November.
Pr Daniel stated, “Yesterday I, and another CTFM Board Member, met with the President of the proposed Doveton mosque and two other Muslim members. Our meeting was very cordial and we drank coffee together as I shared God’s miraculous provision of a fully established church premises for us at CTFM. The President of the Doveton mosque stated, ‘We have watched you on TV saying that you love Muslims, but we found it hard to believe. However today, given the fact that you have invited us for coffee and personally met with us, and also after having spoken with you, we truly know that you love the Muslim people.’ I told them that I’ve always said that I loved the Muslim people very much, but I do have some major concerns with some of your teachings.”
As CTFM will no longer be next to the proposed mosque, we have decided to drop the court action after consulting with our legal team.
You may click the following link to read an article that was recently published in the Herald Sun newspaper.
Thank you so very much for standing with us. We believe that this is God’s perfect plan for CTFM, as now Pr Daniel will be free to focus on the ministry and RUAP.
Please continue to uphold us in prayer.
We would love to see you at our special grand opening dedication service at CTFM, on the same weekend as the National Australia Day Prayer Meeting in Melbourne on 26th Jan 2014.