God has been doing big things as we approach almost a full year in our new Community Center. We had been needing a permanent, centralized headquarters for Living Bridges Ministry after operating for first five years without our own space. We decided to move forward in faith and make an offer on a property that had large enough space to house all our ministry programs. We were stunned to learn that our bid was accepted at a tremendously reduced price! Ideally located within Valdosta's Historic District, we purchased the old building knowing that it would take many repairs and a gigantic effort to fix up the property. In addition to this blessing, a generous benefactor agreed to finance the mortgage free of interest. Although we now had a place of our own, we still had substantial measures to get the property in order to actually functionally hold our different programs. We have been systematically working to renovate, whether building a handicap ramp, repainting the whole house, replacing and refinishing flooring, replacing a heater unit, building mounted hanging racks for clothes closet, and many more.
The Lord continues to work to bring the pieces together, and we are so grateful for the support of our charitable donors and the volunteers who have helped make this endeavor possible. We are thrilled at how different groups and volunteers continue to join in the effort to build and renovate the Community Center. With this new headquarters, not only do all of our current programs benefit from the space, but God is also opening opportunities for additional new ministry programs. We continue to seek support in paying for our building as well as other necessary repairs. Please
continue to prayerfully consider supporting us as we persist in showing the love of Christ to our community. Living Bridges is an IRS approved 501c3 non profit, so all donations made to the ministry are tax deductible. Please keep praying for us during this exciting time!
(Photo of a Living Bridge in India)
(Photos of the New Home for Living Bridges Ministry Community Center)
A living bridge like the one pictured above is grown by weaving tree roots from a tree on one side of a river with roots from a tree growing on the other side of the river, a common practice in India. It can take 15-20 years to grow living bridges, but once completed, they serve to benefit many generations! We chose this name for our ministry because we are believe that God is using us to come alongside those who live in low income and poverty to grow and weave the roots of change here in Valdosta, enabling those we serve to break the poverty cycle and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. For five years we have served, running our 10 programs and events in borrowed spaces, making our office in our home, and storing donations in our home, garage, and other donated and purchased storage areas.
In effort to better serve the needs of our clients and accommodate most of our programs, we have recently purchased a 4000 square foot home in Valdosta's Historic District (pictures of the property above). We are excited at the possibility to have the freedom and flexibility to facilitate many of our programs in our own space. We have many renovation projects and repairs to make on the property, but this opportunity is certainly an answer to prayer.
We are looking for partners to join us in this effort through financial support with specific focus on the paying off the purchase of this building and its needed repairs. We would like to incorporate the names of those who have financially supported our ministry and this house project by including them on one of two pieces of art that will be featured in the house. We will feature a mural of a double living bridge similar to the from the above picture to be prominently placed in the hallway of the building. The various attributes of the bridge will feature donor recognition. Individuals and organizations who have supported with $500 or more for the year will have their names painted into the mural with placement depending upon the amount donated. Those who have donated $499 or less for the year will be included in a second piece of artwork placed in one of the program rooms. Every donor is important to us and we aim to recognize all donors who help us to grow this ministry. We rely on the support of recurring monthly donations as well as large lump sum donations in order to effectively run our programs.
Below are some of the ways those funds will be used toward securing our building and supporting our programs:
$10,000 (or monthly donation of $750 for a year) - helps with repairs on the building and covering closing costs.
$5,000 (or monthly donation of $500 for a year) - purchases supplies to repair porch, $500 mostly covers our electric bill for a month, can buy new flooring for hallways and stairwell, helps with repairs, pays down loan for building.
$2,500 (or monthly donation of $250 for a year) - buys a stove and refrigerator for the kitchen, buys paint for interior/exterior, buys food for a Kid's Connection Saturday.
$1,000 (or monthly donation of $100 for a year) - purchases food bags and/or books for our Transformations program, purchases food for our healthy eating and cooking classes, and purchases a craft project for Kid's Connection.
$500 (or monthly donations of $50 for a year) - pays for literature for Transformations classes, buys painting supplies for interior repainting.
$50 (single donation) - buys snacks for a Mom's Connection or a dinner for Transformations class.
We welcome your financial support at whatever amount God lays on your heart. Please know that you are a blessing to this ministry, to us, and to those we serve! For information about donating, please contact or click the donate button. Thank you!