The initial term for our First Curve Challenge was 18 months: from January, 2015 to June, 2016. As of May 30, we are at $148,743, roughly 60% of the total $250,000 and Pastor Mark has extended the challenge until December of this year. That gives us 6 months to continue stepping out in faith and give to God. Two of the 3 goals have been met: we've raised the $20K to kickstart missions fund giving and God led us to the right piece of land to purchase for helping victims of human trafficking.
We're pursuing the third ministry goal, finding land suitable to help the homeless, as we continue to give towards the total financial goal. If you weren't part of the crowd who prayed last Sunday at the site of the former Campbell Furniture store on SR 59 in Ravenna, you missed an exciting step in the journey. The property is for sale and has the facilities and room for growth we hoped for. Whether it is indeed the property God wants us to have for homeless ministry is not clear yet and that's why we gathered to pray as a congregation. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell saw us gathered at the property on Sunday and stopped, giving us a wonderful opportunity to share our vision for the homeless and how their property might fit into it.
When God does lead us to purchase the right property, we need a place where we can provide a drop in center, especially in the winter months when there is no other place for a homeless person to come indoors; temporary housing, similar to what the Haven of Rest is doing in Akron, and an area to provide counseling.
Every week in June, Pastor Mark is sharing information on First Curve and details about our progress, what directions God is leading, and how far into the curve we are with these steps of faith. We know that God is leading PCC to be directly involved with these 3 ministry goals and we're moving ahead. If you're not giving, ask God to help you make your own step of faith and give. Continue praying; about the property in Ravenna and about meeting the goal and seeing what exciting faith lesson God has for us all at the end of the Curve.