Its been pretty busy the last 14 days with 24-7. Trustees meetings, an office move from Chichester to London, and a significant financial challenge have stretched the old ‘to-do’ list to the limits of what I can manage.
After seven years, we’ve left the building in Chichester that we shared with Revelation Church and a number of other ministries and businesses. Revs have been a great support to 24-7 over the years, and although the move is the right thing, its sad to be leaving behind the close working environment with the church that birthed the 24-7 Prayer movement.
After lugging all our gear up to London in a fairly precarious trailer, we still have the task of unpacking everything. But that’s another weeks worry!
I’ve also been doing a lot of work on our finances. I’d been feeling for a while that our account was a little precarious, but only once I had done quite a bit of investigation did the complete picture become apparent. We had over 6.5k debts and were running a monthly deficit, so obviously we had quite a problem – especially when you consider that we have no reserves, and run on a budget smaller than a lot of small churches.
Prayer and action were both required! And as always, God has been faithful. We plugged the debt hole, and have started to address the monthly shortfall. Its been great to see not just the money brought in through our own efforts, but the complete surprises that remind us that God has been answering our prayers.
During all the activity, we arranged a two day operation to contact all of our supporters. I was exhausted before the start and had very little time to prepare, but the 24-7 staff who had dropped everything to be involved, were fantastic. By the middle of the first day we were a working away like a smoothly oiled machine, and it was fun to hear everyone on the phone as they blessed our supporters by thanking them for their contributions, and told them about some of the things going on at 24-7 at the moment.
We’ve still got a long way to go, but we’ve made a good start. One person advising us at the moment has challenged us that we need to be more consciously linking the vision for both the things that we are being called to do, and the finances to be able to do them. We need to learn how to do this, and only God can fully release that vision to us.
This crazy movement is on a huge learning curve at the moment, please pray that we’re good stewards of all we’re being called to do and be.