What a lot of Space!
Isn't the new auditorium wonderful? The first event held in the new room was a meeting between WVA staff and visitors from our Area Development Programs overseas. A historic first in many ways!
Now we have finally used it as a venue for Big Devos. It looks like being a useful resource. Much better than our long skinny room on the 7th floor which has already been transformed into office space.
But with all this space out the back, why do we need to think about moving?
Well, settle down a minute. We won't be moving until 1993 at the earliest. And our history is that we tend to grow faster than we think. What looks like acres of empty space can quickly become a tight squeeze.
Some of you (the ones greying around the temples) will remember moving into the vast spaces of 29 Coventry Street. I couldn't believe how much space the Communications Division had out the back of the building. We had a whole room. And we could all fit in. All eight of us! That was in 1977.
Before the year was out we were making hasty plans to knock the back section down for a three story extension. Once it was completed, we started looking for a new building.
The relocation process we embarked on four years ago was designed to prevent this kind of pressure.
I always wanted us to be sure that, whenever we moved, we would not need to do so in a hurry. This careful planning has resulted in us being able to wait for the right block of land to come along at the right price.
Now we shall wait for the right time to sell, the right time to begin to build and the right time to move.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Our new office space out the back will help us to choose the right time. Without this space becoming available we would have needed to rent space in another building to accommodate our overflow. That would have been an unwelcome extra cost.