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    The ROOF fell in!!!

    About 35 years ago (before I was at this Church) the congregation decided to build a new auditorium next to their current church plant. It would be joined by a hallway that pretty much surrounds the auditorium.

    They made a tragic mistake, by allowing the roof of this "between the buildings" foyer and hallway to be a flat roof, onto which all of the rainwater from the existing building AND the new building flow. MANY attempts have been made to correct the error - sealing the bricks on the walls above the roof, foam roof, patch roof, new flashing --- TWO of the projects cost $40,000 EACH!!!!

    The most recent was one of those "spray on foam" jobs, and the roof still leaked, but that contractor (he was a biggie) got sued out of business because he roofed a bunch of buildings down in Galveston, and they didn't fare too well under hurricanes - and the seagulls would come eat the roof then poop Styrofoam on the beaches and die.

    Whenever we would have a hard blowing rain (particularly from the north or east) we could count on the ceiling tiles in the hallway getting drenched, to the point of collapsing soggy wet onto the floor, then we'd have to get out the wet vacs, have a major cleanup, dry the carpet, repeat. Literally.

    hallway 1.jpghallway 2.jpg

    About a year ago, a man who attends our Church occasionally, offered to pay for the repair of the roof, if the Church would agree to purchase a new air conditioner (roof mounted) which needed desperately to be replaced. (It would be silly to remove that bad AC unit, fix the roof, then put that bad AC unit back in place. The new AC unit was going to be about $40,000. We simply, at that time, didn't have the funds.

    The man decided to back out of the deal - his part without the AC was going to be about $60,000.

    Last winter, we had yet another horrible rain episode, ceiling tiles collapsing, soggy wet stuff, wet vac, cleanup, repeat.... I posted a few pictures on Facebook.

    That evening, I got an email from the general contractor advising me that the project was "back on the front burner", to be paid in FULL by "others".

    Work started today - here's the old AC unit being lifted off the roof.

    old AC going away.jpg

    That's over $100,000 worth of NEW ROOF that isn't costing the Church a single DIME!!!!

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!
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    God bless the anonymous donor.



    I mean that generally as well as here specifically. They are the ones who try to do what is good without ever expecting praise and adulation for their work.

    I'm always still in trouble again

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    God bless the anonymous donor.



    I mean that generally as well as here specifically. They are the ones who try to do what is good without ever expecting praise and adulation for their work.
    And I'm in a quandary -- I want to thank him, but I'm not supposed to know who he is (publicly) - and he doesn't want his wife to know he's donating the money.

    How many of us could spend $100,000 and our spouse not know?
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    Here's a picture of the problem - I'm standing on the roof of the existing L-shaped building, looking at the main auditorium, and the hallways wrap around the main auditorium - you can see where the huge package AC units have already been removed. That roof acts like a giant bathtub catching all of the rain water from half of the auditorium roof, and half of the original building roof. When it rains hard, there's just not a way for the water to escape fast enough, though they do have some weep holes (they need crybaby holes)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    And I'm in a quandary -- I want to thank him, but I'm not supposed to know who he is (publicly) - and he doesn't want his wife to know he's donating the money.

    How many of us could spend $100,000 and our spouse not know?
    Honor his wishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Honor his wishes.
    WHAT?!?!?! You don't want me spitting into the wind? Tugging on Superman's cape.....?

    Yes - this is the same man who anonymously gave me $10,000 to get our dying building contractor into the hospital for a new liver -- that man (the liver recipient) is doing SUPER, is active in the Church, and helps out with all kinds of projects. Docs said, if they hadn't found him a liver, he had maybe 1 or 2 more days on this planet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    WHAT?!?!?! You don't want me spitting into the wind? Tugging on Superman's cape.....?

    Yes - this is the same man who anonymously gave me $10,000 to get our dying building contractor into the hospital for a new liver -- that man (the liver recipient) is doing SUPER, is active in the Church, and helps out with all kinds of projects. Docs said, if they hadn't found him a liver, he had maybe 1 or 2 more days on this planet.
    Pm me your address and I'll send you a lovely card to give him......anonymously, of course.



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    Seriously, he may not want anyone to know and sending a card (even anonymously) would let him know that his secret wasn't so secret.

    I'm always still in trouble again

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Seriously, he may not want anyone to know and sending a card (even anonymously) would let him know that his secret wasn't so secret.
    Yeah, I know -- he and I handle these matters "back channel". Been working with him like this for 7 years now.

    Trying to figure out how to do a card, without.... yeah - cause he had asked me NOT to send thank you cards to the house.

    SO, moss.... maybe not.
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    He doesn't seem to mind me showing appreciation in person, and we'll occasionally have breakfast or something just to catch up. But the think I love about his brand of giving - NEVER are there strings attached.
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