A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member.
Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new sanctuary.
Undaunted, the pastor announced the next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had “mountain-moving faith”.
They would hold a prayer session asking God to remove the mountain from the back yard and to somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service the following week.
At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation’s 300 members assembled for prayer.
They prayed for nearly three hours.
At ten o’clock the pastor said the final “Amen”.
“We’ll open next Sunday as scheduled,” he assured everyone.
“God has never let us down before, and I believe He will be faithful this time too.”
The next morning as he was working in his study there came a loud knock at his door.
When he called, “Come in”, a rough looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard hat as he entered.
“Excuse me, Reverend. I’m from Acme Construction Company over in the next county.
We’re building a huge new shopping mall over there and we need some fill dirt.
Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church?
We’ll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge, if we can have it right away.
We can’t do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly.”
The little church was dedicated the next Sunday as originally planned and there were far more members with “mountain-moving faith” on opening Sunday than there had been the previous week!