建堂專頁New Building -- 籌款目標Goal : $2.3M (by Aug 16, 2010)

 
 

建堂介紹 Introduction to the Ark New Building

 
 

1312 建堂始末 (Vision 1312)

我們是位於加州矽谷San Jose市的方舟浸信教會,屬美南浸信會的會員教會,最近正在積極地推動買堂募款活動。我們教會對North Valley的社區福音工作非常有負擔,特別在9513195132 二個郵區,這是 神呼召我們去收割的禾場,我們稱之為「1312異象」,因為1312區域裡中國人很密集,但是卻沒有甚麼中國教會,我們憑著 神的恩典,花了極大的代價改建目前所租用的商業樓宇,建成新堂,誰知,只用了一年,就被慈濟基金會買去,使我們成為慈濟的房客,必需在明年底前搬家;我們因此開始找地方搬遷。然而我們找了一年半,卻遍尋不著,最近終於找到一處非常合用的建築,我們十分急切地想要購買,但我們的教會財力有限,賣主又要求在短短的一個月之內完成交易,因此,我們亟需大家有機會為我們禱告,或憑感動幫補,使我們能繼續在1312地區的福音收割工作。以下是 神所呼召我們進入1312地區的詳細情形。

            四年前, 神呼召我們這個小教會,從矽谷的Los Altos市搬到30分鐘以東的North Valley北谷地區;當時我們所租用的教會要賣,我們不得不搬走,然而又不知往哪裡去, 神就藉著尋找新場地的過程,把1312區域放在我們心中;祂藉著詩篇六十篇把我們所遇見的艱難指出,並把我們指向1312這塊「以東」之地,有680公路分開9513195132二個郵區,我們丈量北谷,發現這塊5平方哩的住宅區內住著12000個中國人(正如詩篇六十篇中約押所得之人數),卻沒有甚麼中國教會,福音的需要很大,此即1312異象之由來。後來我們找到了一間商業樓宇,申請改建成為教會,也就是今天我們聚會的地方,回顧一年半的改建過程,當中經歷了許多困難,甚至碰到前所未有的市政府大罷工,使我們工程停頓,但 神用許多神蹟奇事,讓我們最後奇蹟般地準時拿到執照,次日教會一天一章聖經的靈修進度(三年半一輪),準準地落在詩篇六十篇,印證了這個異象;我們也得以按所訂之日期舉行開堂禮拜,終於在1312區域建立了教會。

            二年半以來,我們以家庭事工為主軸傳揚福音,積極推動各項社區活動,如夫妻親子課程、兒童品格營、家庭博覽會及藝文相關課程,並配合不同節日舉辦社區活動,服務里鄰,並建立網絡,傳揚主愛。 

         然而,一年半前,我們改建完工的教會,突然被佛教慈濟基金會買去,使我們成為慈濟的房客,他們決定2011年租約到期後,不再續約;另方面,我們的人數從二年半前55人增長至90人,也需要考慮換一個更大的場地以利長期發展,所以我們開始重新尋找場地。1312地區沒有能借用的教會,能改建為教會的商業樓宇也非常少,不是停車位不夠,就是建築太大不合用.找了許久,依然毫無所得;正在此急難之時, 神為我們預備了一間有教會執照的辦公樓宇(380 Montague Expressway),內部格局100%符合我們禱告所求之條件,是 神為我們所量身訂做的場地;祂也用幾段經文來印證:

耶和華你們列祖的 神所賜給你們的地,你們耽延不去得,要到幾時呢?」(約書亞記18:3

地和其中所充滿的,世界和住在其間的,都屬耶和華。」(詩篇24:1

這是我們未來在1312地區的福音基地,我們願意繼續為 神的國度在1312當兵。

            為買下這棟建築,我們需要在八月十六日(08/16/10)之前募集美金230萬;我們是以家庭為主的教會,孩子佔了一半,因此財力較有限,但是我們相信, 神既然呼召我們進入1312禾場收割,祂必幫助我們。請為我們的1312建堂禱告。您若有感動支持,可以到我們教會的網站首頁奉獻(www.arkbaptistchurch.org),或寄支票至 2340 Harris Way, #2, San  Jose, CA 95131,支票抬頭請寫ABC。匯款帳戶:Ark Baptist Church, Citibank N.A., 5 North Milpitas Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035, USARouting number: 321171184, Account number: 202705737。奉獻可在美國地區抵稅。
            願 神報答您主裡的關愛,並願祂以厚恩賜福與您!
 
      May grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

 

     Our church, Ark Baptist Church, is located in San Jose, or Silicon Valley, California. We are a member church of the Southern Baptist Convention. We have been diligently looking for a worship place for over a year. In the past few weeks an office building with church permit came to our attention and is available for purchase.  This building is ideal for our church in terms of its location, floor plan and current condition. Through prayers we know that this is the building that God leads us to buy. We are a church with limited resource. Therefore, we are reaching out to the community for financial and prayer support.

 

     Four years ago we rented a church facility in Los Altos for Sunday worship. One day we were informed to move out since the church was put on the market for sale. It was a desperate situation for us due to the lack of the available places for Sunday worship in San Jose area. In the frustration of searching for a new location, we asked ourselves where should we go if meeting place is not an issue?  God then burdened us with the area “1312”, which consists of two zip code districts, 95131 and 95132 in north San Jose. Through the study of the census data we found that there were 20% or 12,000 Chinese speaking people live in this 5 square mile residential area yet without any Chinese church around to serve them effectively.  God then used Psalm 60 to point out the things happening around us back then, including the desperation we encountered, the geographical division of 1312 area by highway 680, and our measuring off the North Valley. Most importantly, the Chinese population of 12,000 in 1312 area matched exactly the number of people overtaken by Joab stated in Psalm 60.  So this confirmed the vision “1312”.  After a period of searching, we found a suitable office building for rent and began converting the building to assembly use. During the one and a half years of conversion, we experienced many miracles and obtained our permit during an unusual San Jose city strike period. The following day, our church daily devotion, which runs through the whole bible one chapter a day, fell exactly on Psalm 60 to affirm our vision.

 

     In the following two and a half years, we reached out to the community with family oriented ministries, including parenting and marriage classes, children’s character camps, family expo and other activities that correspond various Chinese holidays. We are known in the community now for caring and servicing their needs.

 

     However, a year ago, a Buddhist organization purchased the whole building we are at and asked us to move when the lease is up in 2011. Meanwhile, God had blessed us in the past two and a half years that our congregation has grown from 55 to 90.  And it’s about time to move on to a larger meeting place.  After a year’s searching we found a building with church permit at 380 Montague Expressway.  It’s even closer to 1312 residential area than our current building. The location and set up of the building is everything that we have prayed for. We believe this to be the base for our vision “1312” and we want to continue the ministry in this area.

 

     In order to purchase this building, we need to raise $2.3 million before August 16, 2010. We are limited in our resources in part that half of our 90 member congregation is comprised of children. Yet we deeply believe that God has called us to this area to sow and to reap the harvest. He will help us. We are also asking for your support.  If you are touched by our story and can help us financially, please go to our web site at www.arkbaptistchurch.org to make your contribution. You may also send a check payable to Ark Baptist Church (or ABC) to 2340 Harris Way, #2, San Jose, CA 95131. All contributions are tax deductible in the United States.

 

Thank you very much.  May God richly bless you and your kindness!

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David Lin,
2010年8月1日 下午11:55
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2010年8月1日 下午11:51
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2010年8月2日 上午12:26
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David Lin,
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2010年8月6日 下午10:24
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