On Tuesday morning the City Council of Banská Bystrica unanimously approved the sale of Okružná 2 to our congregation for a sum of 900,000 Eur ($1.2M).
Thank you for praying over the last year and a half and join me now in setting up a memorial to remember that this has come about by God’s faithfulness.
Was Is Here
We believe that our God is not a clock maker god that set the world in motion and then took a laissez-faire approach to his creation. God is active in his creation every day, even when we don’t see it.
And often times we don’t see it.
That’s why it’s important to mark occasions like this when we clearly see God’s hand at work.
Opposition and Rumors of Opposition
I’ve heard some people say that Banská Bystrica is one of the most corrupt cities in Slovakia. Some say it’s because of that corruption or because of the council’s inability to come to a consensus, that the city didn’t take advantage of European funds that would have used to renovate schools throughout the city. Others said that the minority parties vote against every proposal supported by the majority party, even when they agree with the proposal, just to spite them. Some have said that the only way to make sure the city council approves the sale to our school would be by making a campaign contribution to the dominant political party.
In the end, the council voted unanimously to sell the property for Narnia Elementary School.
During the last year and half we’ve face all kinds of doubts. We heard rumors that there were people with both the financial means and the political connections to purchase the property out from under the school. At one point we heard that the city was no longer interested in selling. At one point we realized we would have trouble coming up with the funds to cover our initial offer.
In the end, the city council approved the sale of the property to the school for about $200,000 less than our original offer.
Things Like This Don’t Just Happen
So now it’s time to set up a memorial in order to remember that this has not come about by the happenstance of history, nor by the mastermind of man, but by the very plan of God. It’s time to praise God who has made all this happen and when problems come in the future we will look back to this and remember that we are not doing our own work, but God’s work in Banská Bystrica.
Praise be to God!