Nearly two years to the day after purchasing a building in West Haven, Pastor Harmon Yalartai and the Faith Revival Temple Church finally received a green light to proceed last night. After yet one more night of grilling and endless "what-if" scenarios, the West Haven Zoning Commission conditionally granted the church their approval. We DO thank God!
You can reach Pastor Harmon at firstname.lastname@example.org. He could use some post-victory encouragement.
Among the seemingly livable stipulations of the approval:
The church had to forego their right to rent out unused portions of the building, agree to submit revised site plans, obtain the City Engineers perspective on paving issues, and have a traffic study done after they have moved in.
It's a bittersweet victory, but victory nonetheless. Two years of financially draining, emotional battle has certainly taken a toll. On the surface, it certainly appears to this casual observer that West Haven has made a loud statement concerning their view of churches moving into town.
If someone had the time, money, and energy, there might be reason to investigate what certainly smells like a case of bias against the church. But then again, the Lord has a thorough way of dealing with such matters. Bless West Haven Lord! We pray that you would move mightily through all of the servants you have and will continue to place there.
Thinking of moving your ministry into West Haven? It better be a "God idea" and not simply a notion of your own. Pray hard and prepare for the battle of your life!
Don't stop praying! For Pastor Miller and the Rock Tabernacle, the battle rages on.
The problem is not simply a local one, there is a national battle being waged by Zoning Officials against churches everywhere. There's an interesting article here.