We are so excited to share with you the vision for Building Refuge!
Just over a year ago, one of our local supporting churches, Cherry Hills Church in Springfield, contacted us and asked us a really fun question. That question was: If money were no object, what would have the greatest impact on your ministry right now?
Our emphatic response was that for 13 years of ministry, Refuge has been in need of indoor, climate controlled space to gather, fellowship, pray, disciple, debrief, and counsel with our families after sessions when weather will not allow us to do these things outdoors. Clearly, a great deal of our mentoring, gathering, and programming happens outdoors - and we actually believe that being outside, in creation is an intrinsic and critical part of the work and healing that God does here at Refuge. However, the extremes of central Illinois weather simply do not always allow for this. For many years we have been praying for a facility that will enable us to provide greater continuity of care for the families we serve.
In December 2019, Cherry Hills responded to this need by raising $109,000 toward this goal!!! Building Refuge was launched!!
Despite the setbacks and challenges of 2020, the ministry at Refuge has continued to grow and we are committed to continue sharing the love of Jesus with hurting hearts as effectively as possible. We are extremely grateful and excited to launch this 3 Phase project with Phase 1 already 87% funded! Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us in this exciting next step!"