Many of you have enquired about dates, times, plans and any news going forward. Well, I wanted to use this space to give you a short rundown of what we like to call “the plan.”
Currently, as you know, we are raising funds to get going. This is the most challenging portion (so far, it’s one of the only portions we have encountered, so that’s not saying too awful much): selling something that doesn’t yet exist. We are so thankful to the many who have donated and bought into the vision sight unseen. God sees you! (and so do we!) We need several thousand dollars to just get going (hey, it costs money to operate even this web site). We have broken down some of our fundraising efforts. We needed about $10,000 to travel to Ghana this January to film a documentary, look for a rental house, and take some photos to help with visioneering and fundraising. The house will be a temporary home for The Pearl House as soon as we have the operating funds. That is the second phase. We need about $15,000 to secure a house (praying for smaller amount) and about $35-50,000 to run things for the year. (this includes several start-up costs). Next November, we plan to raise about $650,000 to build The Pearl House campus and hopefully begin to endow the future costs to operate annually.
We hope to begin gathering girls and moving them in by Spring, hopefully April or May. The 4-6 girls we begin with will serve as a sort of pilot program as we begin to implement the educational and recovery elements. By November, we will certainly have a “product to sell.”
Today, however, we ask you to pray for and think about the stories that are soon to unfold. Pray that God will provide (we know He will). Perhaps you are part of His plan to help fund The Pearl House, network us with people who can, or to pray for the girls who will live there initially. However God uses you, we know because you are reading this blog, you are already supporting and praying for our efforts. Thank you.