God's Plans Included Waiting
Sometimes our plans don’t match up with God’s plans.
As the population grew in the Trout Creek, Montana, community, so did Trout Creek Adventist School's enrollment. Classrooms needed to adapt.
For the last 10 years, the school had been operating in the basement fellowship hall of the Trout Creek Adventist Church. With the need to expand their facility, the TCAS board began discussing action plans for a new building.
Many people contributed to the building plan including a generous donor who stepped up up with a matching fund of $50,000. But after many additional apple sales, farmers market sales, yard sales and donations, the financial goal was still out of reach.
In January 2021, it seemed God was saying, "Have patience; wait on Me" or "This is not in My plan at this time." Not long after, God moved and changes began to quickly follow.
A surprise phone call to a board member cracked the door of opportunity. There was possible lease available at an empty school in a community church. Soon, that door of opportunity was completely open. It was more than anyone had envisioned. The facility agreement would allow TCAS to use the gym, kitchen and three other rooms. A phone call later that evening resulted in a donor funding the entire lease for a year.
Snow fell on Monday, March 29, 2021, as TCAS students and teachers were welcomed into their new school for the first time. The snow didn’t impact the students' ability to get exercise. Instead of heading into the cold, they ran to the new gym which provided a dry and warm place for P.E. and recess.
With the added space, TCAS now has the ability to welcome new students and to be a witness to others who use the facility. The students, school board and church also had an opportunity to see how God has led, in His time.
What will happen in a year? We don’t know. But the Trout Creek Adventist Church and school will continue to seek God’s plan because it is obvious His plans are better than anything they can dream.
UPDATE: The Kalispell Adventist Church in Montana, had chosen TCAS as a mission project for several quarters. This has resulted in a donation of $10,000 from the Kalispell Church to be used for a school building. God is continuing to bless our school and its future.