CORRECTION: Experiencing God's Doing in Fort Collins » What's the connection between a college football field and the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists [RMC] purchasing land on Timberline Road and Nancy Gray Avenue for a new grade school?
Colorado State University's plans for building a new football stadium across the street from the former Beebe Christian School, currently residing on West Lake Street, influenced a godsend sale that aids the conference, the students, and Colorado State University.
Beebe wasn't listed on any website or in any newspaper as land to be sold. Nevertheless, the calls came pouring in from several interested buyers, including a real estate company based in Wisconsin, said Daniel Birai, pastor of the Fort Collins Seventh-day Adventist Church. Additionally, a buyer from the local area wanting to also build student housing approached with an offer. The building of a new football stadium influenced the move, as the land would be beneficial for a college student apartment complex. "God has worked miracle after miracle," concluded Daniel.
The Fort Collins Beebe Christian School, along with the RMC, desiring a less trafficked area with fewer potential consequences that only come in college neighborhoods, saw the offer as a blessing bestowed upon its students by the grace of God. The sale culminated on June 1, and on June 2, the RMC purchased the new property from the proceeds of the sale.
"In July of 2015, we were concerned as to how we were going to pay for the many needed repairs to an aging and deteriorating building when out of nowhere, and all within two weeks, we received multiple offers to purchase the school," shared Keiko Breese, who has taught for 14 years at the school. Through the sale of the Beebe grade school, God blessed the RMC with the proceeds enabling Fort Collins to build a new educational facility. And, added Keiko, "the sale of the school represents the greatest dollar per square foot amount ever recorded in Fort Collins."
"There are multiple blessings in this sale," commented Barbara Parrott, director of property, trust and planned giving for the RMC. "God sent a buyer when the property was not listed and God enabled us to purchase this prime real estate for the new school campus."
"'He knows what you need before you ask Him,'" Barbara added, referring to a statement by Ellen White from Adventist Youth. This is a demonstration of God answering prayers before we even knew we needed this help."
Barbara summarized her feelings toward the exchange: "'Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing'" (Ellen White, Desire of Ages, p. 330). [Stefani Leeper; photo by Daniel Birai]