Fast forward- it is now 4 years later, we are still meeting in the fellowship hall and plans for the building are at a complete standstill. Enter an angel or more like a man on a mission from God- Jack Griffin. Jack is works for a commercial construction company and became involved with our students when my Jack asked him to be a crew chief for a World Changers trip. After that trip Jack was committed to our student ministry and joined us every Wednesday night. Last August, Jack joined us as we took some of our student leaders off to a day long vistion retreat. Afterwards he and my Jack stood in the parking lot of the church. Jack Griffin pointed to the church's three car garage and said, "We're gonna convert that garage into student space." And that was that. Jack Griffin was on a mission, one I believe that God placed in his heart. He started planning, talking, working, convincing, until last May the current building team presented to the church plans to renovate the garage into student space. Eight months later here we are!
After lots of hard work, most of it single handedly done by the Jacks, The Garage is finished. It looks amazing- there is a worship area with a new projector mounted to the open ceiling, a new screen, a stage and room for 100 students to worship. There is a hang out area with a bar, flat panel TV with a Wii, a coke and snack machine, a fooseball table, and ping pong table. The colors are great and the design is really cool (thanks to my amazing Jack). And last night 64 of us got o enjoy the grand opening.
God is faithful and good. It is so exciting to have our own space for the student ministry. We are praying God uses it for His glory and that lives are changed for Him inside the walls of this building.
And now without further ado, pictures (if you click on them you can see them even larger and in more detail)!!
A view of the hang out area from the stage. The text mural I painted is on the back wall. It is Daniel 3:16-18, the basis for the name of our ministry- Fireproof Student Ministry.