Warning!!! This will be a longer than usual post but one I believe will encourage you and help to increase your faith. All of us from time to time need to have our faith extended and our hearts encouraged. It is my prayer that this post will do just that as you read it and see how awesome and mighty our God truly is!
A little history to get you up to speed:
My wife and I came to the city of Escondido in 2005, with our three kids in tow, to take the pastorate of what was then known as Truth Tabernacle. Pastor Jimmy Jones had faithfully served this church for over 20 years and was desiring to retire. We were elected as pastor in March of 2005 and the journey began. The church began to move forward as North Point Worship Center and over the next several years we saw God do some amazing things but we also faced many challenges. As we all know, any dream having any value will face obstacles. However, the value you place on the dream determines how hard you press in order to see your dream come to pass!
In 2013 our church launched a capital campaign to get the building, that had been in our location for over 40 years, ready to sell so we could take the next step into what we believed God was leading us into. We were limited in room and desperately needed to make a change. Once we launched the campaign, many challenges arose which are way too numerous to discuss in this post! I had been told by friends, who had gone into campaigns of this nature, to expect some major challenges along the way. To be honest, many of those warnings I received I let go in one ear and out the other, thinking that whatever those friends of mine faced would definitely not happen here at NPWC! Boy was I wrong! Now, I am not one to focus on the negative in any shape or fashion, but allow me to just drop this in here – once the campaign started it seemed as if all of hell and high water came against us. It was a difficult time but God saw us through it and we emerged on the other side, somewhat scathed and scarred, but better off because of it!
Fast forward to 2014 (told you this was a long post). I received a flyer in the mail one day at the church that described a building which was for sale in our city. The price was WAY out of our league as a church but I felt we should take a look at it and see what it was all about. What I quickly discovered, once we walked through the property, is that this building was one Pastor Jones had also looked at to purchase several years earlier. It was in need of much repair when he looked at it and had continued down the path of being neglected when we showed up to take a peek. A portion of this building was one of the first churches built in the city of Escondido. In fact, the portion I mention, was built in 1887 as a Southern Methodist Church. It was later purchased by the 7th Day Adventist and added onto, making room for future growth and plans.
As mentioned earlier, the price was way out of our price range but there was something to the old building that got our attention. As a result of walking through the building we met the future agent that would help us sale our current building and set us on the road to a miracle. The funny thing about a miracle is this – you often do not know you are in the middle of one till it is all over! A year later we sold our building and once it sold I asked our realtor about the building we had looked at close to a year earlier. He informed me the building was in escrow and was set to become a charter school within the next year to two years. I remember telling our agent on the phone – Adam, this building will fall out of escrow. Just watch!
In October of 2015 God opened a door for us to go into Classical Academy High School and rent their assembly hall for our services. This was a major blessing and allowed us to continue to grow and dream as we waited on the miracle God had in store for us! I am forever thankful to CAHS for their kindness and willingness to work with us over the course of this last year. It has truly been a blessing.
Fast forward to June 2016 (sorry, I am trying to get to the good part). I am up early one Sunday morning getting ready for our services later that day when I decide to get online to see if there were any buildings or land for sale in our city which may work for us as a congregation. As I began to research properties online, the building we had walked through two years prior showed up in my search. I quickly contacted our realtor and was informed the next day that it was indeed for sale. We immediately went to work on seeing if we could secure this building as a future home for the church. What at one time had been completely out of our price range as a church, was now something we could handle and after much due diligence, inspections, discussions and prayer the church became the new home of NPWC on November 15, 2016!!!
Now begins the fun part as we work to beautify the house of the Lord. I wholeheartedly believe that if God provides it, God will help you build it and the dream can become a reality. We have much work ahead of us but the future potential of this building and location is absolutely incredible! We went from roughly a little under 6,000 sf. in our old building to close to 18,000 sf. with tons of parking, Sunday school rooms, youth rooms, offices, two sanctuaries, a large fellowship hall and much much more! GOD IS GOOD! He alone makes the impossible POSSIBLE!!!
If you have made it this far in your reading I applaud you (wait I can’t LOL)! This is a dream come true for our assembly and a LONG time coming. What God has brought our way is nothing short of a miracle and we are thankful for what He has done and what is in store. We are currently remodeling the church and have several months ahead of us of work but it will be worth it as we see God transform the lives of people throughout our community and county in a beautiful place of worship.
I wanted to give everyone a few snapshots of the building and the work that is now taking place! Thank you for your time and we ask that when you pray, say a prayer for our church that we can complete what God has provided for us. We will continue to update you on the progress of the remodel. God bless.