Did you know that there is a dirt shortage? We discovered this little piece of trivia this summer when we started the process of expanding our Lower School facilities. Contractors said it would be difficult and costly to get enough dirt to level the lower school lot.
Over the past three months, we have demolished houses, cleared fields, moved parking, and leveled ground in order to complete two major construction projects: a new, bigger front parking lot and a module building for our growing Lower School.
In our original plans, both of these projects were to be completed before the 2021-2022 school year began. The modular building was to be completed first. Delays moved the timeframe for construction and work began on the parking lot in September, while work on the modular building did not start until October. Our flexible Lower School teachers have done a fantastic job setting up temporary classrooms in the church building and are eagerly waiting to move into their new classrooms.
Despite the setbacks, we are able to see God working on our behalf through these delays. When we calculated budgets for the modular building this summer, we discovered that there was a shortage of dirt in the area. Not only would dirt be hard to find, but it would also be costly. We began praying for God to provide the resources and funds needed. Later, we found out that the process of clearing land for the new upper school parking lot had produced a surplus of...dirt! We were able to relocate dirt from the front of the building to level the lower school lot.
The new lower school facility will have plumbing and electrical installation over the break, allowing those teachers and students to begin the new year in their new facility.
It is easy to become frustrated and discouraged when things do not go as planned, but our Sovereign God is always in control. We are grateful for how He provides what we need when we need it.
Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”