Our Capital Campaign started in 2019. The theme of this campaign was something God gave us that communicates our desire to sow into the next generation. All of us desire is to finish well. But making disciples is what our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to do. All of our team leaders are trained to draw out more leaders from their teams and continue to build more leaders. In the process, many others are blessed and His Kingdom is strengthened in Alaska. Please take time to watch this video and pray for us …
When we purchased our new property in Phase 1 – 2017, we knew it was the LORD’s perfect will because He provided all we needed to purchase it for $100,000.
In Phase 2 – 2018, He provided another $20,000 through His people to build a cookhouse and prepare a building site for a new garage.
In Phase 3 – 2019, He provided another $80,000 to build our garage and get it dried in for this coming winter.
In Phase 4 – 2020, $50,000 was given by our faithful ministry supporters to do hang drywall, build an exterior staircase/deck, install windows, log siding and exterior trim.
That means in the last four years, God provided $250,000 through His people and we currently have no debt! We are excited to push forward to complete this missionary base that will be used to send our teams all over the state of Alaska for decades to come!
Our 5 Year Plan
Because we saw Him providing for all our needs, our LightShine Alaska Leadership Team made plans to begin this Capital Campaign to plan the development of the rest of our missionary base. Working with John Miller at JHM & Associates, we began planning this campaign to raise capital for completing the following additional phases over the next 5 years.
2020 was an extraordinary year which changed some of our future goals. The Covid lockdown recommendations that everyone experienced limited our ability to meet with potential financial donors and significantly hampered our Capital Campaign. It even limited the amount of team volunteers to do the work in Alaska. 8 of our 12 scheduled teams were cancelled in 2020. But, as stated above, Phase 4 was still successful in doing some of the work at our missions base.
Because of the challenges we faced in 2020, our Leadership Team made the decision to change our future plans to the following phases below. The following projected expenditures reflect the goals of this capital campaign. Although some specific businesses will be contracted, the majority of the labor to complete these phases will be provided by missionary teams.
New Goals for 2021!
Phase 5 – Finishing the GARAGE/BUNKHOUSE and making it fully functional will be the priority for 2021. Once we finish this building, all of our teams will be spending their first night here upon arrival to Alaska. This is a great need. $70,000
Phase 6 – STAFF HOUSE & MINISTRY OFFICE in 2022/2023. Our Leadership Team decided that building a MAIN LODGE should be postponed for a few years while we focus on getting a full time base director and family to live at our missions base. We believe this is a wise choice for the growth of our ministry and daily operations of our base. $300,000
Phase 7 – GUEST CABINS IN 2025 (will be used for staff workers and rental possibilities for getaways for people in ministry) – $25,000
Phase 8 – Our long range goals will be evaluated in the next 5 years. We desire to develop our missions base to accommodate as many volunteer teams as we can. The upstairs of our new GARAGE/BUNKHOUSE will be equipped with bunk beds and will be able to house one team at a time. It is very possible that we could outgrow that building very quickly. This could cause us to cast vision for building a MAIN LODGE in the future. But we endeavor to use the GARAGE/BUNKHOUSE for the next few years till we can evaluate the need for building a MAIN LODGE.
As stated above, this property will be the “base camp” for all our teams. When they arrive in Anchorage, they will be picked up at the airport and spend their first night here at our base. They next day, they will have the opportunity to eat a good breakfast before traveling to their assignment. Most teams travel 700 – 1,200 miles throughout their assignment. Upon completing their assignment, they return to our base before flying home. We are excited that this missionary base will be a place that God uses to change many lives!
Partnerships With Other Ministries
Our ever expanding ministry network in Alaska will provide many opportunities others to rent our facilities in the future when we complete them. Our desire is to eventually have a full time Base Director who will live with his/her family in our staff house and run our ministry office with a small staff. We desire to rent our guest cabins to pastors and others in ministry as a place of quiet retreat to “re-charge their batteries”. RV pads will be for those traveling that desire to provide volunteer labor at our base. We have a plan to make this property self-sustaining in the coming years.
LightShine International Ministries is our formal name as a registered 501(c)(3) organization with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We continue to grow and expand by God’s grace and through the partnership of those who see the work that God is doing through us. We invite you to be part of this ministry. 2020 will be our 25th year serving Bible camps, local churches and other ministries in Alaska.
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Please contact Leon Heisey at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at: 717-460-5644
Thank you for giving towards this Kingdom focused ministry and glorifying our LORD Jesus Christ. Holy is His Name!