By most standards, the Highland building isn't in a great location. Have you noticed there isn't exactly a lot of construction going on around us? Wylie area -- yep. University Hills -- uh-huh. A few other spots around Abilene. But not much around S. 5th and Highland. Almost everyone in our church drives past at least one other C of C to get there. Crime, poverty, drugs -- all fairly close to our humble abode. Several years ago the elders considered the possibility of moving. They looked at the area south of town -- around where Beltway is (as I understand it). They also talked about being on the loop somewhere. But they decided prayerfully to stay. Because we're not using "most standards." We are using the standards of the in-breaking kingdom of God. And by those standards, we're in a wonderful place! Think of our new brothers and sisters from the Colonial Apartments. A few years ago that was just a nasty drug nest. Now Highland rents two apartments--outposts of love and ministry. Think of all the Colonial kids who just performed the Christmas pageant at our building. Think of all those university students who walk the neighborhoods around our building, just greeting, loving, and praying. There's a kind of openness they might not find in my own neighborhood--wonderful as it is. (Did you read Larry James's recent blog about how he lives in "Mayberry with an edge"?) Think of our gym being full of children every afternoon for Boys and Girls Club or of all our neighbors who are joining us for Oasis meals. Location, location, location. Thank God, we've got it.