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God has once again proven that His resources are not limited. First Church of the Open Bible in Clear Lake, Iowa, pastored by Will and Joyce Hunsaker, felt led by the Lord through a series of unusual circumstances to pay off the church’s mortgage by the end of the year 2018.

On July 30, 2016, two and a half years ago, the congregation of 154 people moved into a new building they had spent the previous year remodeling. Between the purchase price and the remodel, it was a $700,000 venture. The church borrowed $400,000 and had been paying about $1,500 a month above their monthly payment of $2,500 toward the principal on their loan. In addition they had been able to sell their old building and another piece of property and had applied the proceeds (about $260,000) to the principal on their loan.

In August of 2018, Will shared with the congregation that they were down to owing only $45,000 on the principal. An elder in the church spoke up during the service and observed that if 45 families gave $1,000, they could have the mortgage paid off. When several people stood and said they would give $1,000, a “push” began to retire the debt by the end of 2018.

A craftsman made a “thermometer” to help the congregation track their progress; however, on December 30, the church still owed $8,090 on the principal. Will relates the “rest of the story”:

We felt that God had said to believe for a miracle of our mortgage being paid off by December 31, 2018. On December 30, $195 came in, so we were down to $7,895 on the balance of the mortgage. Before going to the office on New Year’s Eve, I checked my email at home and someone I did not recognize by name had asked me what the balance was and if the church would be open that day. I emailed her the remaining balance and said that I would be around until 5:00 p.m., but then I didn’t hear anymore back from her.
She, along with her husband and several children, had attended our service on December 23 and had heard our vision of having the building paid off. To my knowledge this was the first time she had ever been in our new building. She felt that God spoke to her about giving at that time but didn’t say anything to her husband about it until the next day, December 24. When she discussed it with her husband, he also had felt like they should give. Instead of coming to the church with a check, they gave through our website at 6:15 p.m. on December 31, 2018. I did not know that.

I went to bed on the 31st not depressed or discouraged but wondering where I had “missed it” because I really felt like God wanted me to believe for a miracle. And I had. In fact, there are few things in which I have ever exercised my faith more. So I went to bed thinking, “Oh, well . . . I must have missed it somewhere.”

I got up on New Year’s Day with the issue still on my mind. At 1:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day, I received a phone call from our church secretary/treasurer. She excitedly told me the church building was paid off and that the payment had been made online on the 31st, just like we had prayed! I was overcome with emotion at how awesome and faithful God is! He may not be early, but He is always faithful!

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