You may or may not know the incredible story of how God worked to allow us to worship in SM in the first place. We have a fairly large space (300 sq. meters) in a high traffic area of the second floor of SM. Needless to say, this is a coveted (and therefore expensive) "storefront." In fact, SM was/is asking for close to 250,000 pesos per month in order to be a full-time tenant in that spot. Because we are obviously a not-for-profit church in our very beginning stages of existence, there was no way we could (or can) afford that price. However, through what was nothing short of a miracle by God, SM decided to accept us into that spot as an "exhibit," thus allowing us to have it at a fraction of the cost. With all the different expenses factored in, we have only been paying not quite 30,000 pesos per month for that space. Truly incredible and only by the grace and work of God!
Well that brings us to where we are today, a year and a half later. It has come to our attention (and the attention of the SM management here in Consolacion) that we have actually far exceeded our allowed time as an "exhibit." Exhibits are technically only allowed to be there for three months at a time, with the option to apply for an additional three month extension. After that maximum of six months, though, the exhibit is forced to vacate the spot for at least two months. We were never made aware of this until just a couple months ago - despite having been there for a year and a half already. So in order to comply with the wishes and requirements of SM, we are being asked to leave for a two month period.
Despite our efforts to work something else out, there is no way around it. So we have been searching for a temporary (or ideally, permanent) meeting place. Through much effort and praying, we have determined that God has opened up the clubhouse of the Royale Cebu Estates subdivision as our next meeting place - at least for the next two months. We will likely move back to SM after these two months, but that decision has yet to be finalized. Please continue to pray with us as we seek the Lord's wisdom, guidance, and direction for where He wants His church long-term. For those who will join us at the RCE subdivision, you can reference the map below for directions. Heading south on the highway from SM, you will turn right just prior to reaching Fooda. The subdivision will be just ahead of you, up the hill. After you enter the subdivision, the clubhouse will be there on your left.
Thanks for your prayers and we look forward to seeing how God uses Pathway in a powerful way in this new location!