For every vision given by God, adjoining it are the travails similar to that of a woman in labor, groaning as of one bearing her first child. This was a vision tested through years of fiery persecution, a vision that had been dashed to pieces, a vision that had died many times over, a vision that had seen years of waiting in prayers… and god’s silence. However, it was a vision that was soon to be birthed in God’s perfect time and will.
…the stage is set
And so in God’s divine order of things, despite the troublous times of 2012, His spirit did quicken this flailing remnant as in olden times, to once more arise to the occasion, and resound the trumpet call to build his tabernacle.
June of 2012 saw the 1st building committee convene. With a meager budget, the choices were limited. However, with God nothing is impossible and God did pave the way through entreating the services of Mr. Eduardo Bechayda, allowing to construct a 625 sqm edifice on a 3.25m budget…and this was just the beginning of things to come. It was at this time that Evangel Tabernacle was born!
In a monumental act of faith, the foundation was then laid, much similar to that found in Haggai 2: 18, and from that day onward construction began at a steady pace, as surely as God’s hand was with us, and against all odds. Despite the impending flood of circumstance, we plodded on, and persevered, not by might, not by power, but by his spirit.
As with every of God’s prompting, he would use human vessels to carry out his bidding. Just as Haggai resounded the call to rebuild God’s temple, similarly he would call Pas. Toh nee & Pas. Lily Lim to bring God’s vision to fruition. Rebuilding the waste places in tumultous times was a challenge that went beyond their human capacity to bear. Nonetheless, armed with nothing but faith in God’s promises and vision, they gave everything for this cause, giving sacrificially till there was nothing left to give, no prized possessions withheld, but everything they forfeited for His glorious cause.
Jan 27, 2013
And so we let go of the past, both fears and failures, and stepped into a new venture the almighty has predestined for us all.
On this most momentous of occasions we finally arrived, setting our feet on the very ground God had destined for us to be planted. This day marked a milestone in the Christian journey we were about to undertake, a new chapter… a discarding of the old and
Awakened once again, girded by His spirit we carry out his vision statement
To proclaim good news to the poor.
To bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
To proclaim the year of the lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
Presently we are seeing this prophetic word come to pass. A renewal of hope… blessing… fruitfulness is perceived…and as if rousing from a deep, dark slumber…we are walking once again in the promise … in the land God did ordain for us as a memento for future generations to come that God’s promises are infallible when he says:
Instead of your shame
You will receive a double portion,
And instead of disgrace
You will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
And everlasting joy will be yours.