Worth more than $5 million

He's worth more than $5 million.

He’s worth more than $5 million.

I’ve been overly anguished of late because my church, in dire arrears, is selling the property we purchased years ago for our high school, the Lighthouse Christian Academy. The property comprises three buildings and a yard; it has a double-story hall used by the high school, a church and a parsonage. The goal has been to keep the church a church in Santa Monica.

I’m appealing to all my blogging buddies to pray. This comes to a congregational vote May 20. I think we are behind in payments tens of thousands of dollars. We purchased the property for $2 million (something like that), and the sale price is $5 million.

The buyer won’t keep the church. One less church for Santa Monica. And, it seems to me, we are scaling back our commitment to Christian education. The high school will continue by packing the high school kids back in with the grade school and middle school kids at the main church building. We are past the eleventh hour.

She's worth more than $5 million

She’s worth more than $5 million

What disturbs me also is that the secular buyer has a backer with $5 million cash to pay for it. Why do the Christians NOT have someone who can splash the cash to get us caught up with the bank loan and keep this property for God’s use?

I’m breaking my genre here and appealing for prayer and funds. If you know anyone who could donate $1 million (sorry, I don’t know the real numbers because I’m not on the Church Council)  to keeping Christianity moving forward in Santa Monica, please contact me. Should I set up a gofundme account?

If you can give a $1 million, I can introduce you the reasons why you should give that money. There are almost 50 kids at Lighthouse Christian Academy, each of them a miracle of the power of God to transform lives, to rescue lives before they become totally destroyed. We have seen Lighthouse students become pastors and lawyers. We have seen lives be rescued out of gangs and other sins. To this ministry, I have dedicated my life. I teach here for free. My kids attend school here. I believe in this.

I can’t rule out the possibility that God would have something bigger for us in the future. But I also can’t get out of my mind that we’re not supposed to sell this property.

I wish I could give you the backstory behind these photos and tell you why these kids are worth more than $5 million each, but obviously I’m not at liberty to do so. They are stories of heartbreak and hope. You can find out more about Lighthouse Christian Academy by clicking here.

28 responses to “Worth more than $5 million

  1. I hope it turns out well for your ministry.

  2. gretamhartmann

    I don’t have the funds, however, I will pray.

  3. I don’t think I know any millionaires, but my Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills. I will ask Him 🙂

  4. mrsmariposa2014

    Millions I have not but prayers are yours. I have seen miraculous provision before-many times eleventh hour style. I have to hope the God who provided so beautifully in those cases can do the same for you. Blessings overtake you, brother.

  5. Barry Slafkes

    I’m very sorry to hear this news I’m sure the four square church council could come up with the money to keep this church and shocked to hear this is not happening!! Do the math if we paid 2 million and the property is now worth 5 million then there’s a 3 million increase so the value has more than doubled how can that be not taken into account here and used to beg and borrow to keep this a CHURCH IN SANTA MONICA?!????’!!!!!!!

  6. Praying. Wish I could help. My husband’s a pastor and our church is struggling too.

  7. I can definitely pray. I so hear your heart for this.

  8. Praying for your ministry!

  9. I’m sorry to hear this…I am praying! It seems so much is done through the church and the school!

  10. Please be sure to keep us prayer warriors informed of the status of your ministry.
    Praying, praying, praying….

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog and for liking my post. Blessings, Natalie 🙂 ❤

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