Last month Mario sent a letter to some of our close friends in the States requesting prayer because of a situation that had occurred. The building in which our facility is located houses not only businesses but apartments, as well. Directly above our facility is an apartment and even though our service times are well within the house rules, the couple that lives in that apartment complains regularly about the noise level. When we first moved in, we added additional insulation in an attempt to take care of the problem, but to no avail.
The week of our grand re-opening someone spray painted the windshield of our car while it was parked at the church, and the neighbor called the building manager and made threats to murder him and Mario because of the noise. This threat had us very concerned. Since we also suspected them of the vandalism to our car and were worried what would happen next, but we placed our trust in the Lord to be our protection and shield. A member of our congregation contacted the neighbor a several days later to try to defuse the situation and let him know that we were now in a place to be able to invest in some more insulation. He let them know that we were attempting to take care of the problem. What ensued was 10 minutes of pounding on the floor from the neighbor’s apartment each Sunday morning just after worship. Last week the Lord placed it on our heart to return evil with good and put together a gift basket as an early Christmas gift for them. Bonnie also placed a small note of apology inside the basket and before leaving it in front of their door, Bonnie prayed over it, asking the Holy spirit to minister to our neighbor’s heart through this gift and draw them to saving grace. This Sunday once worship was over… there was complete silence from up above. Please continue to pray for our neighbors. We believe that they are not our neighbors by chance and the Lord desires to glorify Himself in a great victory through this entire situation.