Hebrews 11:1 ~Faith is what makes Real the things we hope for. It is Proof of what we cannot see!
Greetings Everyone ~
What an honor it has been to serve such a Faithful God for the past 3 ½ years here at Fellowship Valley! This past year, alone, has been nothing short of “Supernatural”!!! For those of you who have experienced His Presence here, in person, you know what I’m talking about! For those of you who have only heard the stories and seen the pictures, you really must come for yourselves to truly know that God is in this place!
He has so many plans for this ministry BECAUSE of all the lives that are being touched by this ministry! It’s all about the “Relationship” that He desires to have with everyone. This is why this ministry is still moving forward today… almost 35 years later! That is why this ministry exists… God is still providing a “Place” for people to slip away and spend time with Him and hear His Heart for each of their lives at Fellowship Valley! He wants everyone to know His Provision is never ending! His Plans are Perfect! His Promises are “Yes” and “Amen”! His Love is Eternal!
So, with all that He is doing here, He has put on my heart to share some of the wonderful plans He has in store for Faith Ventures, Inc. and Fellowship Valley Ministries and the ways that you can be a vital part of this life-changing ministry!
Please keep in mind that we are a Non-Profit, 501c3 Ministry and all gifts are tax deductible.
Also, no one receives a “salary” here and the monies received for the retreats goes directly to the operating budget. So, all other Donations go directly to the advancement of the ministry in the specific areas of need!
Right now, we have 4 current areas of “Giving Opportunities” for you to be a Blessing in:
#1 ~ We are in need of new sheets and bedspreads for each of our beds. After doing a lot of “shopping around”, we have found that we can purchase (2) sets of sheets and (1) new bedspread for each of the 70 beds for around $50 each bed. So, our goal for this particular opportunity is:
New Bedding: $3,500.00 (We just received our first $100 toward this goal! He does move fast!)
***************************************#2 ~ It is time for that NEW KITCHEN Addition and EXTRA BATHROOM down at the Meeting/Dining Facility!!! Can I get an “Amen”?!? Again, for those who have been here and had to “wait your turn” while standing IN the kitchen, you will probably get really excited about this!!! (You only thought we were teasing when we said we were going to put up a “Donation Box” next to the Bathroom while you waited!!!) Plus, with the new Kitchen Facility, one can only imagine what kind of “goodies” we’ll be able to cook up! This new addition will add an extra 600 square feet to the already existing 2,200 square foot structure, an extra (handicapped accessible) bathroom, extra space for the Buffet Bar, a Walk-In Cooler (already donated!), new stoves/ovens and a commercial dishwasher!
We have put together a “materials list” and the cost involved. The “labor” is expected to be all volunteers, so there is no extra cost for that. (Praise The Lord!!!) Our estimated figure for the building and new appliances is:
New Kitchen/Bathroom Addition: $18,000.00
**************************************#3~ The plans are to convert the “Main House” into housing for retreats. This house has been the “Director’s Residence” since the ministry began almost 35 years ago, but after careful consideration, as well as the need for an update and necessary remodeling, we see this “new” direction to be much more beneficial to the ministry, as it will add 14 new beds to the already existing 53 beds on this side of the campus. This will increase our Housing Availability to 67+ without the use of the “overflow” option across the street (although, there will be 4-8 beds available there, should that need arise).
This Unit, once completed, will be a 2 story, 4 bedroom/4 bath house, with a full kitchen, dining/living area on the main floor with an outside deck on each floor, as well as separate entrances.
The estimated cost below covers the “materials list”. Again, we anticipate all “labor” to be professional volunteers (please keep in mind that your “volunteer help” is also “tax deductible”!).
Conversion of “Main House”: $35,000.00
***************************************#4~ The unit we affectionately refer to as “Cabin 3” has not been “usable” for quite some time. We have prayed about several options for this floor plan, but we believe this space can best be used as a new “Information/Gift Shop” for the ministry. It can also double as an additional meeting space for “break out sessions” during retreats and is the perfect location for visitors to stop in and get information by having the parking lot located right next to it!
Once completed, this cabin will have 4 rooms, 1 bath, coffee station, tables and chairs for reading/sessions, local artist Christian Gifts/Merchandise, Christian Books, etc… And be approximately 830+ square feet, overlooking the lake.
The estimated “materials list” cost, with “labor” being professional volunteers:
Conversion of Cabin 3 into New Information Center/Gift Shop: $15,000.00
Faith Ventures, Inc. now operates and provides a “Food Pantry Ministry” for those in need, that you can contribute to at any time! All donations are welcomed here, too!
So, as you can see, for less than $75,000.00, you can help feed the needy, totally remodel the remaining structures on the Main Campus and redo the interior bedrooms, to boot!
Also, please note… ANY donation of ANY size is greatly appreciated!!! Whether it’s $5.00 or $5,000.00, God is The God of Multiplication!!! He’s not looking at the size of the donation… He’s looking at your heart and your faith!
If you feel led to “volunteer” your time and talents, that too, is so HUGE!
And as always, your prayers are what continue to undergird this ministry all the time!
Please prayerfully consider sowing your “seeds of Faith” into this “Good, Good Ground”! In return, He is Faithful and has promised to multiply that seed and to pour “Showers of Blessings” on you for your obedience!
And please make a note on your check or your online donation as to which area of need you wish to apply your Gift!
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Faith Ventures, Inc. and the staff of Fellowship Valley Ministries, we pray His Peace and Love will fill every area of your lives during this most Holy Christmas Season and throughout the years to come!
In His Service, for His Glory ~ Always!
Tina Benoit, Exec. DirectorFaith Ventures, Inc. / Fellowship Valley Ministries 1212 Bear Gap Road * Clarkesville, Georgia 30523 firstname.lastname@example.org * (706) 754-4804
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap…” LUKE 6:38