You have 20-60 seconds, the length of an elevator ride, to give a pitch that outlines an idea, or service, or project.
For One Challenge, it might go like this. “We serve, equip, and connect the Body of Christ and its leaders to advance God’s kingdom among all people. Our ministry finds expression in over 100 countries in the world as church planting and church growth, leadership development, missions mobilization, research, sports ministries, education, member care, and holistic ministry. Our strategy is to ask how God is at work, then assist the body of Christ to bring God’s transformation to lives, communities, and nations.” 30 seconds.
At the moment, we can’t use that pitch in our elevator at our main office, the U.S. Mobilization Center in Colorado Springs. More than 30 years of rides up and down from the first to the third floor have worn out our elevator. One doesn’t think about elevator repair in general, but when you stop and consider the job, it’s complicated. The current construction includes a hydraulic shaft which lifts the elevator to the third floor, which means the shaft has to go down three floors deep into the earth when the elevator is at ground floor. Even determining the problem, a leaking hydraulic jack, was difficult.
Lifting things up … Elevator repairs
Keith Copley and a tiger team asked a lot of questions and interviewed a number of companies before accepting the bid offered by Thyssenkrupp. The repair is going to cost $73,000. The replacement hydraulic jack was built out of state and starting early this month the reception area of our building will be a construction site for a good three weeks.
The third-floor One Challenge finance department and Fuller Theological Seminary people are looking forward to a working elevator as they have been using the stairs for the last three months. Fortunately, our building is built on a hill, so from the east parking lot there is access to the second floor without using any stairs.
Lighting things up … New lighting
Also this month the florescent bulbs throughout the building will be replaced with LED lights. The exchange will require only minor electrical modifications. This upgrade will cost $38,000 but there will be $8000 of rebates from Colorado Springs Utilities. Additionally, the new lights will pay for themselves within five years and render substantial savings in electrical costs going forward.
No Vacancy … Praise God
For over ten years Suite 101 in our building was rented by Agora Wealth Management. In the summer of last year, they purchased their own building just five miles south on Union Blvd. and vacated Suite 101. The 2,860 sq. ft. suite was freshened up with new paint and carpet. Its large size made it difficult to rent out. Michael Bent, a dental laboratory technician, regularly drove by the One Challenge building, praying for us and the other ministries located here.
Last month he stopped along his route, seeing the sign indicating we had office space to rent. He was looking for a place to relocate his laboratory. Upon surveying Suite 101, he simply said, “It’s perfect.” He was especially excited about locating his business in a building where several other Christian organizations had offices.
The layout, location, and rent may have been perfect, but the suite itself needed some plumbing to allow for a sink and a new drainage system. The work was somewhat extensive and expensive. One Challenge worked out an arrangement with Mr. Bent, as he has signed a ten-year lease. We wish him great success in his new location!
God’s provision of a renter for Suite 101 makes us a full house with all areas of the building occupied. The seven tenants renting space from One Challenge (four of them Christian ministries) create a very helpful source of revenue. Beyond that, we consider our brothers and sisters in the building valuable allies in the Great Commission. We are grateful for all our tenants, and for our building – even if it is requiring some repairs and modernization.
Lifting and Lighting Things Up Here and Around the World
If you want to help us continue to mobilize mission workers into the world with the Gospel, especially by contributing to some of these building needs, you can make donations at www.OneChallenge.org/Give, Building Fund.