I am sitting in a large, empty room on the second floor of the Mack Library on the campus of Bob Jones University. We are taking a step of faith. Allow me to explain.
Over the years, the Lord has burdened us on multiple fronts. The work that we do at SermonAudio is exhausting for a small team and we're always in need of more help. In our 20+ years, we've never had a work environment where we could work together or collaborate together. There are advantages and disadvantages with everyone working from home but it makes it challenging when trying to onboard new help without regular interaction. Add to that, we have a desire to be a positive influence on the next generation of young developers‚ÄĒto encourage them to use their technical skills for the kingdom. And finally, there's always the rising threat of media platforms that are increasingly becoming hostile to conservative and Christian messages.
We are taking the first step down a path that will allow us to construct an almost 4000-sqft SERMONAUDIO CENTER on the campus of BJU that will, hopefully, address many of these burdens. The objectives summarized are:
+ To mentor today's students into tomorrow's developers, technologists, and engineers.
+ To inspire young people to use their God-given gifts for the kingdom.
+ To build a mini-datacenter "vault" for the preservation and propagation of sermons.
It should be of great concern to every church that the level of hostility toward Christianity is escalating. The logical culmination of this hostility will be to silence the most offensive message of all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ along with the plain teachings of the Bible. As we witness case after case of 'cancel culture' becoming unhinged, churches will increasingly need to depend on a friendly platform that will safeguard their ability to proclaim the truth.
THE VAULT is the name we're giving to the mini-datacenter that we hope to build inside this new SERMONAUDIO CENTER on the campus of Bob Jones University which will enable us to move towards "infrastructure resilience" in the event of difficulties with cloud vendors. Like the 'Doomsday Vault' in Norway, we hope to preserve the good seed of the preached word for this generation and the next.
The Lord has opened this door for us. We don't have the means to undertake such a project. But the Lord has in His good providence brought a donor along that has taken it upon himself to fund this SERMONAUDIO CENTER at BJU. He has a burden to see larger portions of the world reached with great preaching using the SA platform. We are humbled but also amazed. It turns out that this donor is a descendent of John Rogers, the first English martyr under Bloody Mary and the first to give us the complete English Bible, finishing the work of William Tyndale. So the man who, under God, will be assisting us in keeping the Gospel proclaimed around the world is the descendent of the man who first gave us the complete English Bible. I find God's providence to be something quite amazing.
Please note that additional funds will need to be raised for the actual servers, storage arrays, and equipment for THE VAULT. This will be challenging as well but details about this fundraising campaign will be forthcoming.
We are taking the first step of faith.
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