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2020 Year End Update from Steve
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To those who have prayed and invested financially, as well as to those who have volunteered their time and expertise to move this project to completion, how do I say thank you? My feelings are best described in the lyrics from the song “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)”, “The voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude for the great things God has done.” I am overwhelmed by His goodness, and I thank you for allowing Him to use you to make this dream a reality. With tears, I am humbled by such generosity.
Our most recent matching challenge was a great success and has allowed us to continue making tremendous progress. When I think of all that has been done and the people who have helped make it possible, I am reminded of a passage from the Book of Ezra chronicling the rebuilding of the temple. Zerubbabel, the forefather of Jesus’s adoptive father Joseph, was born in Babylonian exile and granted authorization by King Cyrus II to take the first of three groups of Jewish exiles back to their former homeland. Upon setting the foundation for the temple of the Lord, the people shouted, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Ezra 3:11, ESV). Their celebration was so loud that shouts of joy and the sound of weeping couldn’t be distinguished and was heard from far away. Thousands of years later, I can look at the Lodestar Mountain Inn and proclaim that He is good! His steadfast love endures forever!
“But now we have been given a brief moment of grace…” Ezra 9:8 (NLT)
Further into this book can be found one of the greatest intercessory prayers recorded. Ezra, a scribe, priest, and direct descendant of Aaron, brother of Moses, was given approval by King Artaxerxes to return the second group of Jewish exiles to their former homeland. They set themselves to rebuilding the walls of the city, but, sometime after Ezra’s departure, the rebuilding stopped and spiritual apathy set in. In Chapter 9, Ezra details his prayer to the Lord, after which spiritual revival breaks out and the remnant reestablishes their covenant with God. That’s what I pray the Lodestar Mountain Inn will do – spiritually revive those in need and generate a greater bond with our Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” Isaiah 54:2 (NIV)
With this letter, I send a prayerful invitation to you to…
- …visit the Lodestar Mountain Inn. I want you to see firsthand what God has done. I say with great joy: to God be the glory for the great things He has done!
- …pray fervently for the completion of the inn. My hope is to host a Dedication Service in the spring of 2021. Many are in need of the restoration the inn provides, making each day matter significantly.
- …give! I need your financial help to complete construction of the Lodestar Mountain Inn. Whether you have already given or have yet to contribute, I need your help more than ever! Countless lives are depending on us.
- …volunteer your time. The Lodestar Mountain Inn is continually in need of dedicated friends to help with construction, landscaping, and more. By volunteering, you can leave an imprint on this beautiful property that will last for generations to come.
A new opportunity has arisen for the Lodestar Mountain Inn to make a great impact with our youth. The vision has been cast to come alongside OneLife, a Christian organization that focuses on young adults in the gap year between high school and college, to provide one year of mentorship for approximately 15 young persons. Information about this organization can be found at onelifepath.org. We are boldly proclaiming, by faith, that God will provide $1 million to facilitate this life-changing program. These funds will go toward expenses incurred during their stay as well as construction of additional lodging. We can’t do this alone! As a sponsor, you will be part of transforming young lives for Christ. Through prayer, I believe this program has the potential to train-up the next evangelist that will impact generations to come, all made possible by committed supporters such as yourself.
I conclude this letter with a Scripture that is dear to my heart:
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7 (ESV)
Know that you are in my prayers,
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