Many of you have heard about Suite 210 but do you know the story?
In 2009 when God called me to start E49 Corporation, I received a prophetic word regarding the calling. You can read about it in the blog entitled “the calling”. I was blessed to have had the entire church I was attending confirm the word through corporation fasting and prayer. Part of that calling was that E49 would be a Hub in the community both virtually and physically in a commercial building. God gave me the business plan for a co-working space in a Christ-centered environment and following that prayer meeting I set out to find that building.
Over the next 4 years I looked at every building in East Sacramento and downtown that was listed for sale or for lease. During that same time, I was looking for the house we knew we would have, the Pearl House. But I was getting discouraged. I was questioning whether I had actually heard God! During those 4 years, the real estate market crashed, we found out that a real estate investment we were part of was a scam and everything in our lives was falling apart. But at the end of 2012 God started moving through the Luis Palau festival and I began to sense that things were about to turn around. There was also something inside of me, namely the Holy Spirit, that would not allow me to stop.
In April 2013, I received an email to come to a marketplace ministry kickoff for a group called Pinnacle Forum. The meeting was at a place right around the street from my home. As I arrived, I was welcomed with a group of around 20 men and the owner of the building, Chuck Bryant. I listened to what Chuck had to say about the ministry and then as he closed, he pointed out the signs on the building marked “2:10”. He explained that it referenced the Bible verse, Ephesians 2:10 which says “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” He then went on to say that God had told him to leave the building open for ministries to work together and went on to explain it exactly how God had given it to me regarding E49. He admitted he didn’t know how that was going to happen but that he was being obedient.
Just prior to this meeting, the real estate market started moving again and as a real estate broker, I was excited to begin increasing my business. So it was about this same time that I cried out to God and confessed I doubted that I had heard my calling correctly. I suggested that maybe I should go back to selling real estate full time and even felt some relief at how much easier that would be. I shared this doubt with the E49 board and said that if I didn’t see a move of God soon, I was going to have to move on because we just couldn’t handle the financial burden any longer.
So as I sat in that meeting, I knew this was God. As Chuck ended the meeting, I was so overwhelmed that I wanted to cry. I silently prayed, “Lord, if that was for me, please have him call me”. I confessed that I needed an extra dose of confirmation to be sure. Several days later, he called. He said, “What did you think of the meeting?” I said Pinnacle Forum sounds great but about that building…” Two weeks later, after I shared my testimony with him and a copy of the business plan I had written in 2009, we signed the lease and started work on Suite 210. We had our official open in September 2013.
Suite 210 has transformed so much in these past three years. We are excited to see what God will do with Suite 210 in 2017!
Tammy Vallejo; CEO, E49 Corporation, Real Estate with Purpose, With Purpose, Inc.