by Craig Anderson
|A view of the campus from three cross hill|
One of the areas of my responsibility at YWAM is to deal with issues that don’t fall directly into anyone else’s area of responsibility. (You should see my desk!) Approximately six months after we arrived here, I was handed a couple of documents from the county assessor asking us to pay tax on a portion of our property, which should have been exempt. What was unusual is that it was the portion of property where our hydroelectric power plant sits. According to the assessor the property was still under lease to the private company who built the power plant, and therefore taxes were owed. As I investigated the property further, I discovered that the gift of the hydro-plant to YWAM in 1998 was never recorded at the county nor was any official paperwork ever completed. After many hours, days and months of work we were able to resolve the issue and restore our tax exempt status to the parcel. In the process of working through this issue, we found favor with the assessor’s office and they gave us tax exempt status on other portions of our property which were still being taxed!
As sometime happens in these cases, the process of resolving one issue revealed other property issues which needed to be addressed. It became clear that God was calling us to resolve any and all outstanding issues regarding our lands, which we have now almost completed.
One thing which I discovered along the way is that we only own half of the mineral rights to our almost five-hundred acre retreat center. When the property initially sold to the Springs of Living Water, the original owners reserved half of the rights for themselves, which they passed on to the heirs, who sold them to a local realtor. Apparently, at different times over the years (the last time being fifteen years ago) offers were made to sell these rights to the ministry here, but for one reason or another they were unable to purchase them. This past fall, as part of dealing with issues related our land, the Lord put it on our hearts to contact the mineral rights owner and to see about obtaining them. Due to the large size of our property and the likelihood that there are valuable minerals underneath us, he decided to set the purchase price at $48,000. However, he is willing to donate half of his rights if we will purchase the other half for $24,000.
Our current base income provides enough money to meet our ongoing operational expenses but not enough to make such a large purchase. As a leadership team we prayed last week about what the Lord would have us do, whether to let the mineral rights go, as others have done in the past, or to take a step of faith. We sensed very strongly that God would have us trust him to provide, by first of all taking an offering from among our staff, second by making the need known to friends and third by praying for God’s miraculous provision. The deadline we are facing is March 1 (this Friday).
Would you partner with us in “going in to take possession of the land” through prayer and acts of generosity? Please pray for an overflow of generosity from within our staff to meet this need. Pray that God would provide additional money from outside sources. Pray and ask the Lord if He would have you be part of the miracle, and if so how much to give. We would love to partner with you in this way and together share in the miracle that God is doing. You can make a donation online by clicking on this link or write me back and I will provide you with giving information. All donations will be tax deductible.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.