We are officially the owners of the land and buildings at 2645 SR 59 in Ravenna! Last week, Pastor Mark signed the paperwork and we now have property on which we can start The Haven of Portage ministry to the homeless and trafficked. It's exciting news! Portage Community Chapel and Riverwood Community Chapel both contributed to the $75,000 down payment and the $350,000 remainder is financed for 15 years. Riverwood will continue to partner both financially and in ministry. It's been a long road since we began in 2015 and this purchase is a significant milestone.
What now? Well, we thank God for his faithfulness and the privilege to do His work here in the community. We continue to work on the building renovation plans and get them ready to submit. We continue to pray for God to bring donors and partners on board. And, we continue to move forward to have the facility ready for basic ministry use this fall.
What can YOU do? Continue to pray for God's direction in this project and for your part in it, continue to give, and if you haven't already volunteered at any of our local outreach ministries in place, make sure you participate! You can serve right now at Water at the ROC - the shower/laundry on Oakwood Street; serve a meal at the Center of Hope on a Sunday afternoon; and cook & serve a meal on a Saturday at the Loaves & Fishes outreach at the Ravenna United Methodist church. Sign up for any of these ministries at the Information Center in our lobby. Not only will you be serving our community, you'll also be getting to know your fellow-volunteers and neighbors who have a desire to help and who are also excited about seeing the Haven open its doors.
This new property opens up a huge opportunity to help and to share the gospel and we're excited to see what God will do in the coming months. Right now, make sure that you're part of what we're already doing in local outreach and serving the homeless here in Portage County so that you'll be prepared for the future.