In 1998, Skipper and Alicia bought the [church] building, feeling led to make a Christian school in the area. They took time and money and renovated the front half with classrooms, restrooms, and a kitchen area.
I remember stopping by many times and visiting with them.
I felt drawn to the place!
One day Alicia took me into the back half; a huge 2500 square foot area. It was dark. It was dirty. The ceiling sagged and there were books, old broken furniture, and boxes of junk just stored on the floor.
I remember Alicia saying to me, “This is supposed to be a church. I know it and you know it.”
It’s very difficult to upkeep a school. You must have money for electricity, meals, insurance, and repairs. You must have enough for a salary and it must come from the tuition you charge.
This area is a very rural area and finding enough parents willing to drive their children and pay for them to be taught in a small Christian school can be quite difficult.
Sadly the school eventually closed.
I remember the day Alicia called me and said that many offers were made on buying the place but, again, “you and I both know what it is supposed to be!”
They offered me the building for their original cost and what they had put into it. That price was almost half what others were offering for it so they could make a restaurant or something.
I don’t know if Skipper and Alicia think they may have failed in their efforts. I assure you that I believe they succeeded.
Ministry is never failure.
For instance, if you tell someone about Jesus and they walk away, doesn’t mean you have failed.
The Apostle said it this way – who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News.
Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.
It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.
The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.
Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. 1 Cor 3:5-10
When you minister to someone you are not failing.