Friday, November 6, 2015

The Wow House

The Wow House

Saltillo Ministry Center
Mark Dunbar, Missionary, Mexico
October-December 2015

The Wow House in Saltillo, Mexico.When we first came to Saltillo, Mexico, we immediately saw that the guesthouse was barely adequate for our theological education classes and guesthouse needs. The house was not a place we could grow into; in fact, we had already grown out of it.

Our first plan was to ask our neighbors if they would sell us their property so we could combine the two areas. They were not willing. The WGM Mexico team then created a wish list of what the ideal guesthouse/ministry center would include:
  • Four bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • Parking for five vehicles
  • Classroom for 30 participants
  • Separate living quarters for hosts
  • Recreation area for children and youth
That same day, we looked at a house being sold by another missions group. We had heard that the house was built with work groups and training in mind. It included:
  • Five bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • Parking inside the property for up to 10 vehicles and additional parking outside the property
  • Classroom for 80 participants
  • Separate living quarters for hosts
  • Separate ministry office space
  • Back porch and garden space for group meals or recreation area
  • Nearby park for children’s/youth activities
After a quick walkthrough, we immediately referred to the property as the Wow House. It had everything we had dreamed of and more, and it was located in a growing part of town geared toward young professionals. Unfortunately, it also had a high price tag.

Since that time, God has worked miracles and confirmed that the Wow House is where WGM Mexico should be ministering from in Saltillo. A few God-given clues were that the owners were praying that the property would continue to be used for ministry; the owners were involved in their own building project that they called, interesting enough, the WOW (Walking on Water) project; and we received a partial bequest directed toward the project from a new supporter.

In faith, WGM Mexico made an offer much lower than the original appraisal. The owners, after much prayer, accepted the offer! They allowed us to move into the property in May, before all the funds were raised. Theological education classes and other ministries are already being held at the center, and the location is an open door to reach the younger generation for Christ.

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