And Aldersgate 2000 was part of the Celebrate Jesus 2000 conference sponsored by NARSC in St. Louis, Missouri.
“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.” 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
Jim Bolling always started every meeting by reading and praying the Prayer of Jabez. Jim, a vice president for the American Automobile Association (AAA) was elected as the 6th President at the second Gathering of the Board and Council at the new Aldersgate Renewal Center (ARC) in the winter of 2001. He served from 2001-2003.
Much happened in his short term as God began to “bless us” in new ways and “enlarge our territory.” Jim and Margaret were part of the “cottage prayer meeting” in our home in preparation for the second lay witness mission at Bedford in the fall of 1972. We have been good friends for many years and it was a blessing to co-lead the ministry with him in this pivotal period of growth and expansion.
After months of prayer and planning, the remodeling the ARC began in April 2000. We lived in the noise and dust and debris while the work was being done. Completion date was scheduled for mid-July, just in time for our annual Board and Council meeting. This would be the first time in history that these meetings have not preceded the annual Aldersgate conference.
One morning in March, I was scheduled to meet the construction foreman just before work commenced at my office. I arrived early to prepare, took my laptop into the office and returned to the car to get some files. As soon as the door closed behind me, I realized that my keys were on my desk and I had just locked myself out of the office. Lamenting my foolishness, I said to myself, “Great, what am I going to do for the next hour until staff begins to arrive?” That familiar voice speaking to my spirit said, “Go, and get a camera.” I tried to dismiss it, but I kept hearing the same words over and over.
The ARC has two buildings with about 18,000 square feet on 3 acres of land nestled into a quaint 1940’s vintage residential neighborhood one block off of Main Street. Two blocks away is an Eckerd’s Drug Store. So, I walked around the corner to the drug store and purchased a disposable camera, but still not certain why the Holy Spirit was prompting me buy it. As I walked back to the ARC from another direction, I noticed that the little house on the corner had a new “for sale” sign in the front yard.
“Do you want it?” I heard the Lord ask. “Well, sure, I guess so”, I replied.
“If I gave it to you, what would you do with it?” the Lord asked.
I pondered for a couple of minutes and responded, “I would use it as a retreat house for weary pastors, to give them a safe, comfortable place for rest, refreshing, and respite.”
“Do you want it?” I was asked again. “Yes. Yes I want it for ministry, to bring glory to you!” I declared. “Then, you must ask for it. You have not because you ask not!”
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