Thank you for your prayerful support of Mission to Missionaries and EdenRidge. As many of you know, Mission to Missionaries began a capital fund raising campaign in the late spring of this year to raise $400,000 to expand its EdenRidge Missionary Retreat Center. I want to share with you again the purpose of the campaign and the progress that we have made.
The need is as follows. The funds needed are to build two one bedroom cottages, a three bedroom family cabin, and pay for the necessary infrastructure to support the new facilities. The completion of these three new residences will allow us to welcome over 1,000 missionaries a year to EdenRidge. In the current year we have welcomed nearly 400 missionaries with our two existing cabins and have turned away many more requests than we were able to accommodate.
The progress made towards our goal is significant. The board of directors kicked off the campaign with gifts and pledges of $150,000. We are pleased to report that as of December 1st we are within approximately $40,000 of reaching our goal. We have begun construction on the two cottages and plan to open the first one on April 1st of next year, and the second one on June 1st. Plans are to complete the remaining infrastructure projects in 2015, followed by the construction of the family cabin in 2016.
Many of you have responded to our request for support, and we sincerely Thank You. If you have not responded we ask that you prayerfully consider joining us in making these facilities available to missionaries in the coming years. For those of you who have given and are led to expand your gift we ask that you again consider EdenRidge in your yearend giving. Our campaign receives one time gifts and pledges that extend over a three year period of time, such as a regular monthly gift. No gift is too large or too small. Help us reach our goal of $400,000 by years end! You may respond by going to our edenridge.org website and clicking on Capital Campaign on the menu, or mail your checks to Mission to Missionaries, PO Box 1664, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. I would also remind you that 100% of your gift will go towards the construction of the new facilities. Mission to Missionaries and EdenRidge are completely staffed by volunteers and have zero administrative costs.
Blessings and Thank You,
Board Member and Campaign Chairman