THIS IS AN EDITED VERSON OF THE EMAIL WE SENT TO OUR BOARD MEMBERS ONCE WE MADE THE OFFER....
JUST NOW - MOMENTS AGO
THE HOUSE IS OFFICIALLY JEREMIAH HOUSE!
Omerbeck is going to have a home!
We have moved forward on Jeremiah House. Wednesday we shook hands on a purchase and finalized all today!
The location is good, lots of potential for skill building in the different areas of the house....even the potential for a training room or a little business! The house needs some work, new kitchen, bath, windows, doors. It was listed for $38,000 in the spring. She had an offer for $33,000 and turned it down. She listed it this week for $35,000 and had two interested buyers immediately...us and another couple.Vlady went with Us to inspect the house. And said it was a very good deal and very good house.
Our team had just completed looking at about 20 houses in the last few days. The other couple just started looking. We offered her $28,000 and she said yes. She has just been diagnosed with cancer and wants to go to Russia ASaP to be with her children. We had a powerful prayer session with her, tears and blessings.
We can start living there immediately. We will do the kitchen renovation first, after getting furniture that is most needed. We have $4,000 extra to work with. Tomorrow, we are going out to purchase the needed items for the drop in Center as well. We have funds for that. We need to raise an additional $25,000 a year for JH. Plus the renovations and furnishings. Praise Him!Very excited.
Later, we will list the project list for what needs to be done in the house. However, we hope to open the home BEFORE renovations are completed. The mayors office is pleading with us to open quickly as they have so many youth of this age that are in dire need of this home. And we also have youth whom we have been working with that are just hanging on by a thread that would benefit from Jeremiah House. We are looking at having only eight youth at a time in Jeremiah House. Although we could take ten - we think as we begin it would be best to start by keeping the numbers a little lower - as staff get adjusted and we begin the program.
OH HOW WE WOULD LIKE TO SERVE THEM ALL. We know this little project just might mean life and death decisions and it really weighs on us.
CHANGING STATISTICS - ONE CHILD AT A TIME!
The statistics say 1/3 of the graduating orphans will be successful adults - the other 2/3 will end up in prisons, suiciding, in prostitution, trafficked out of the country or addicted and living on the streets.