18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
Everyone that walks through the halls of the new Dream Center building can sense Gods presence and feel the amazing plans He has for it. A mighty work is being done here and the desire to be a part of it is irresistible. God is restoring this old building the same as He restores our lives!
At first we looked around, overwhelmed by the task ahead and wondering if God knew what He was doing when He assigned this responsibility. Where do we start, what do we do first, the list of needs is a long one and more than once negative input and opinions made us question whether or not we could really remodel an old 3 story building with 110 bedrooms! With determination and an “all in” charge, we began the daunting task of cleaning and painting the first floor and like so many testimonies about God, once we started He showed up in an amazing way!
Volunteers started bringing an assortment of donations from cooked meals, coffee pots, dishes and flowers to clothes, dressers, shelves a TV, couches, tools, floor tile, and plumbing material. With each passing week more people and organizations offer to share their knowledge and gifts. Several groups said they’ve been praying for God to use the old hospital to help those in need. A Spanish ministry offered to help with repairs and put up ceiling grid and tiles. They also expressed a desire to use some of the rooms for a Bible Institute. Abraham, a very talented contractor laid tile in the lobby and café areas. Members from Fellowship of the Woodlands Church expressed a desire to feed the hungry and homeless on Saturdays and on Thanksgiving volunteers came with decorations and heart to serve!
On December 22nd, the East Texas Dream Center hosted their first Christmas Lunch feeding over 300 people and giving away more than 600 toys. TOGETHER WE WERE THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS AND WE MADE A DIFFERENCE! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the event successful, you are a blessing! SPECIAL THANKS to the 5 Fire Stations in Conroe and the Kroger on W. Davis as well as the one on Loop 336W for collecting toys and to Fellowship of The Woodlands, River Stone and Grace Crossing churches for cooking and providing lunch!
There’s no doubt God is doing a new thing here and though much work remains, much has already been accomplished. This mission is bigger than any one person, but nothing is too big for our God! We are blessed to be part of the East Texas Dream Center and I can’t wait to see what accomplishments God has in store for 2013!