The Journey Continues
God Speaks – The Manifestation of Vision
God Speaks. In August 1999 God revealed to Pastor Blair through prayer that the time had come for the church to have a permanent home and stop wandering in the wilderness like the children of Israel. So, Pastor Blair with the full support of the executive board and other leaders stepped out in faith and secured a loan for a property they had not yet seen. In late September the Spirit of the Lord directed him to 270 E. 14th Street in Chicago Heights, Il and with contract in hand, he negotiated the purchase of what was then the True Holiness Church. The deal was signed, sealed and two days before Thanksgiving Day the property was delivered over into the hands of pastor Blair. With keys in hand, he, lady Blair and a couple of the members immediately walked into the place that would be home for the next 9 years. Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving was made in that place on that day for it was evidence that God was truly on our side.
The next few months were filled with renovations; new roof, windows and doors, tuck pointing, fiberglass baptism pool installed, all new carpeting, chandeliers and HVAC… Shortly after the dust all settled, the glory of God moved, and Pastor Blair declared that God said he was going to pay off the mortgage within the next 6 months. August 2003, we retired the mortgage of the church. In October 2003, we celebrated this momentous affair at the Chateau Bu’She along with our Diocesan Bishop Arthur M. Brazier.