While Nancy and I were in Lititz in December confirming our decision to move to Lancaster County, we stumbled on an “interesting” property – a small stone church building that was partly constructed in 1965. The front part of the structure was used as a church building for a couple decades, but then abandoned. It appears to have not been used for decades, but the sheet music is still on the piano, there are still knitted cushions on some of the seats, and the preacher’s Bible is still on the lectern. Was the congregation raptured?
Nancy and I felt an immediate connection with this building. Could we remodel it into our home? Could those stones again glorify God, revived as our home? Here is the letter Nancy wrote that we included with our offer to the sellers:
Dear friends at Ambassadors for Christ,
My husband Greg and I are originally from this area. We left after college to do mission work. For the last 30+ years we have served in that capacity in dozens of countries.
Now we have the opportunity to move back to this area. Since we have been in ministry, as you know, finances can be a challenge. This property will enable us to build a home even in light of our financial limitations.
Since we first saw the property, both of us can’t get it out of our minds and talked during the night in excitement about our vision for it.
We love the stone and the fact that it was a church. We also are touched by the story of the property and the vision that inspired it. We would love to make it into a home that would bring glory to God. We can envision ourselves finishing it and living there. We do hospitality ministry wherever we go and expect to carry on that tradition.
We would be honored to have you accept our offer.
God bless you,
Greg and Nancy Fritz
The sellers did accept our offer over a competing offer they received the day before they received ours. Now we are in the due diligence stage trying to figure out if our vision to “revive” that old building is possible.
Check out this video that our new son-in-law created after visiting the property Christmas eve: Poplar Grove Chapel