THE PRINCIPAL PROJECT

 
UPDATE: As of mid August, $131,000 has been given towards The Principal Project! Thank you for your gifts! We look forward to seeing how the Lord will continue to move in our hearts to meet the $200,000 goal.
 
WHAT IS THE PRINCIPAL PROJECT?
 
At Church of the Open Door we’re committed to making disciples of all the nations. Everyday men and women, boys and girls are being equipped to share the grace of God in Christ Jesus. Many of our own grow in their faith to have eternal influence through careers and businesses, and some as pastors and missionaries. Our dear fellowship of believers is making a difference around the world!
 
We are so grateful for friends like you who invest in the mission of COD and come alongside of us in prayerful support. Here’s some awesome news to encourage you:
 
Some faithful members have pledged a matching gift of up to $200,000 this year to help us with our ongoing request to retire the Worship Center mortgage!
 
(As they tell it, these members were moved as they saw the Women of Grace class taking a step of faith, organizing amazing bake sales every couple of months, and earmarking the earnings towards reducing our mortgage.)
 
This means that every dollar given towards the principal of our mortgage this year will be matched! This gives us an opportunity to erase $400,000 from our mortgage debt this year! We’re calling this The Principal Project.
 
Will you make a gift today to help us meet this goal? Your gift of any amount will make an impact. Thank you for your partnership in this work of training godly servant-leaders. 
 
Click on the GIVE NOW button to the right. Designate “The Principal Project” in the drop down menu when making your gift. 
 
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THE UNFOLDING PRINCIPAL PROJECT STORY . . .

Summer 2017. This initiative was inspired by the Women of Grace Class. Their small way of contributing to our long time prayer of retiring the Worship Center mortgage was to hold bake sales. They held the first bake sale summer of 2017. It was so well done, delicious and raised awareness. They created a sign that read: Let’s pay down the mortgage one cookie at a time. January 2018. One of our 2018 Breakthrough Prayers became – Lord, please retire the Worship Center mortgage by 2025. Generous COD people continued to give specifically and regularly toward the reduction of our principal.   The Women of Grace ladies kept on planning and holding quarterly bake sales, each one bringing in more $ than the last. April 2018. Inspired by the faith of these ladies, a family in the church determined to give $10,000/month towards The Principal Project in 2018. Additionally, they also promised a Matching Gift – they offered to match any donation to The Principal Project up to $200,000 for 2018.

The Lord is working quietly and regularly in the hearts of COD people . . . one lady shared the story of having work done on her house by a COD member. When she asked what the cost of the work was, he said not to give it to him, but rather to give that amount to COD towards The Principal Project.

May 2018. When a family in the church tragically lost their son, they asked that instead of flowers, people donate to The Principal Project in their son’s honor. 

June 2018. A man who helped COD sort through and “ebay” a number of items stored on campus donated his profit from the work to the Principal Project.
 
July 2018. A COD member held a book sale. She sold a number of books she had used for homeschooling over the years, and has designated the earnings to The Principal Project.
 
August 2018. A lady in our church who has written a book about God’s faithfulness throughout trials in her life is selling copies of her book and donation the proceeds to The Principal Project. 
 
September 2018. Two COD families who run a printing business donated a batch of t shirts sporting our new COD logo. These shirts are being sold on Sunday mornings, and the proceeds are going to The Principal Project.