As many of you know, over the past several months we have been dreaming with the Lord about building a new cottage for the 18 Inch Journey. We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have given to our vision for the new cottage. With your support, we have raised $19,000 of our $250,000 goal. We are so blessed by your generosity!
Our goal is to build the cottage this fall. Due to delays with building permits, our initial projections for construction have been pushed back. With the 18 Inch Journey quickly approaching and Phase 2 currently underway, we thought it much wiser to begin construction in the fall so as not to disrupt or postpone either of the schools. Plus, we desire to raise the majority of the $250,000 we need before we break ground on the cottage.
We still plan to accept 32 students to the 18 Inch Journey this summer in addition to the 12 Phase 2 students we currently have. This will put every inch of space to use and maximize the number of hearts that we can change. While this will put a stretch on our current space, we are asking the Father for wisdom to steward the growth of this season. We have tremendous favor with an increase in applications every year, and it is our desire to accept as many students as possible.
As a community, we treasure each heart that comes to A Place for the Heart and we work very hard to make sure that every student that comes to the 18 Inch Journey is seen, loved and discipled. We feel the invitation from the Lord to grow and expand while still preserving the intentionality of family that the Trinity has taught us. As the schools continue to grow, we are expanding our number of staff and interns to help lead the schools and tend to all of the inner workings of A Place for the Heart. All of this growth simply means that we need more space. A new cottage will allow us to accept more students, offer better housing and spread out into smaller groups.
Please help support our vision for a more sustainable 18 Inch Journey by giving to the cottage. We believe one more bed is one more heart that can encounter the love of the Father at A Place for the Heart. Please consider partnering with us and helping us change the world one heart at a time.