This past Thursday the Hancock County Planning and Zoning Board passed a resolution that mandates that we remove all temporary structures from our church property by May 31st. This eviction includes all volunteer housing, our volunteer dining hall, our distribution center, and even our temporary metal church building – everything except the church office. Losing these facilities would bring our relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts to a screeching halt and leave Lakeshore Baptist Church without a gathering place for corporate worship.
I do not believe God plans to bring Lakeshore Baptist Church or her mercy ministry of hosting volunteers to and end. With a firm reliance on God’s sovereignty and His control over all things, we also want to investigate all our options. These action plans may include erecting permanent buildings a little quicker than our master plan called for. We also have been in conversations with our board of supervisors who, if we understand correctly, can pass rulings that trump the zoning board. Our county supervisor stands behind us and has vowed to do all he can to keep our volunteer efforts going.
I will try to post updates here on the Rebuild Lakeshore blog as details unfold. We ask our friends to remember us in prayer as we seek the Lord’s wisdom, guidance, and direction in this matter. Above all else we pray that God would continue to glorify Himself.