Wednesday, September 26, 2007

News from the Ranch

The jam sale was a success! We raised almost $400.00 and still have more jam left to sell! The kids loved getting to participate in helping raise money for King's Ranch! We gave out our brochure and fact sheet to all who donated or purchased the jam, and all were very interested in knowing about the ranch! Thanks for praying! We will schedule another jam sale soon.

This Thursday we have a meeting with the city planner to discuss the construction of our lst home. We need to have a sewer, water, electric, and road plan in place BEFORE we go back to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission Meeting. Please pray that we will find favor in the eyes of city officials, and that they would desire to help us cost effectively make King's Ranch a reality. We want to be good stewards of the resources God has blessed us with!

We are still working toward our rummage sale on October 19th and 20th. Board members, Shannon and Jeff Puryear, have graciously offered to organize and host this event at their home. A big thank you to them! We have also submitted a letter to Chick-fil-A asking them to help underwrite the travel expenses, facility costs, etc. of our Phillips, Craig, and Dean benefit concert. We hope to hear from them soon!

Finally, we will have a chili supper on October 11th at our home for our prospective advisory board members. Please pray that God would lead each person to know his will in this matter and that he would put the people he desires on the board.

Thank all of you for your encouragement, support, and most of all, for your prayers!

"On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many." 2 Corinthians 1:10-11

All for the King,

Eddie and Lee

Thursday, September 13, 2007

News From The Ranch

Late summer and early fall has been busy here at the ranch. In July, we submitted our application for the conditional use permit that is required on our land prior to building our first home. We were surprised to find that we were met with opposition! I guess any work of God is usually met with opposition, but it's always hard when it happens to you. The city recommended that we put in very expensive infrastucture that would cost several hundreds of thousands before even starting the construction of the first home, so we realized we needed to go back to the drawing board. God has been so faithful in this process! On one of our lowest days, we went to the mailbox to find a wonderfully encouraging note from one of you with a sizable contribution to the ranch! God is always right on time to meet our needs! We needed encouragement and confirmation of his call that day, and he gave us both!! He has also provided a wise counselor in Gary and Linda Ezell, our neighbors. Gary and Linda are both godly people and very mission-minded! Gary has much knowledge about city requirements and gaining necessary permits for construction. He has helped us so much! Truely he has been sent by God! We plan to go back to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission as soon as we can, hopefully October.

Eddie has been in contact with Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig and Dean and they have agreed to come and do a fund raiser for the ranch. We will give details as they become available.
The ranch is home to a large blackberry crop and our children had a wonderful idea as we were picking blackberries one day. They wanted to pick the blackberries, make jam and sell it outside of Walmart to raise money and publicity for the ranch. So, after working hard all summer, our first annual blackberry jam fundraiser will take place this weekend and next outside of Walmart on Parker Road.
We also have a rummage sale planned for October 19th and 20th. So clean out your closets and if you have anything you'd like to donate, bring it by Shannon Puryear's house at 1008 Rossland by Tuesday, October 16th.

Please pray that God would change the hearts of those opposing us. That he would open their eyes and hearts to see that this is His work. Pray that the conditional use permit would be granted so we can continue on toward our first home.

Pray that our fundraisers would go well and many people would learn about the ranch through our distribution of literature during these events.