Several months ago, we wrote that we were looking at storefronts with hopes of renting one to use as a place to meet new contacts and be an asset in the community. We hoped to offer English classes, music lessons, and possibly a youth group of some kind. As time went on, we evaluated a dozen potential locations using 20+ criteria. Upon evaluation, we had seven front-runners. However, at this time, we’re unable to rent any of them! Here’s the rundown.
- 1st choice – a Pentecostal church moved in across the street. Culturally, it is very unwise in Portugal to have two churches or ministry centers in close proximity.
- 2nd choice – the owner subdivided the space and is unwilling to negotiate
- 3rd choice – the owner wants to sell and isn’t responding to our offer to rent
- 4th choice – the owner set an exorbitant price
- 5th choice – another tenant just rented it
- 6th choice – the storefront became a cafe
- 7th choice – the owner took the storefront off the market
This is incredible! With the economy as bad as it is, there is no human reason why we can’t rent a storefront in a good location at a reasonable price. It is possible that we’re experiencing spiritual opposition OR it’s possible that we’re experiencing a Divine pause. Our inability to rent is giving us time and freedom to look for more ways to make more contacts in everyday life.