Developing our land …
What an incredible year this has been. If you have not done so already, please watch this video report of the work we have already done on our new property and then I will explain more below in detail.
When we started taking yearly teams to Alaska in 1995, we were always picked up in Anchorage and driven to our assignment. We operated that way from 1995 – 2001 when we met Wick & Candy Sunderland at Mountain Home Fellowship. A couple years later, they offered to let us keep our vehicles, trailers and tools at their ranch throughout the year. They definitely helped get us established in Alaska but we have grown to the point that we must build our own property so our ministry can grow even more.
In October of 2017, the board of LightShine Ministries decided to move forward to begin our “Phase One” Capital Campaign and as a result, God’s people helped us raise the remaining $40,000 to add to the previously saved money to purchase the property for $100,000. The 4.62 acres has a small house on it which we have been renting since November of 2017 in order to pay for property taxes and insurance. In 2018 we were able to begin our “Phase Two” Capital Campaign and God’s people helped us raise $18,300 which was used to clear land, build a road and renovate a small building into a cookhouse that will be used in the future.
Plans for 2019
In November of 2018 we began our “Phase Three” Capital Campaign to begin the process of raising money needed for purchasing building materials for a much needed garage to house all four vehicles, trailers and tools. This property will be our base of operations in Alaska from which we will be able to send teams all over the state after arriving teams spend their first night there.
Make sure you watch the video (above) to see exactly how we planned ahead for this phase. Click on the Phase 3 Brochure in photo to read more. The blessing of our ministry is the amazing men and women who serve with us. We have all the skilled labor needed to build this new building. The following teams are planning on being there starting in May of 2019:
LightShine Base Camp Set Up Team – May 15 – 26 This will be a “roughing it” team where we will be setting up tents, building an outhouse (not using one till it is built), building shelving and installing a counter space, sink and water system in our new cookhouse, and preparing our property for the coming teams so they will be comfortable. We will be sleeping on cots in cabin tents. The $2,500 needed to purchase building materials for this team has been given! Thank you!
LightShine Base Camp Foundation Crew – May 18 – June 2 – This team will be joining the Set Up Team and working primarily on preparing the foundation for a new building on our property that will be the center of activity for the next couple years. Being flexible and willing to sleep on cousin cabin tents and using an outhouse is a must. The $18,000 needed to purchase building materials for this team has been given! Thank you!
LightShine Base Camp Framing Team – June 1 – 9 – This team will be framing a 28’x60′ structure with three garage bays and trussing system above that will have a center room above the garage. The team will be sleeping on cots in cabin tents and using our new outhouse! So, come prepared to work towards the future convenience for others! The $17,500 needed to purchase building materials for this team has been given! Thank you!
LightShine Base Camp Exterior Team – June 7 – 16 – This team will be working to “button up” the exterior of the new building. They will be installing a metal roof, siding, soffit and fascia, and windows and doors. We need to get it “dried in” for winter and this team will be doing that. $19,500 is still needed to purchase building materials for this team.
LightShine Base Camp Electrical Team – June 22 – 30 – We need 3 electricians for this team installing all our electrical service for our new building on our missionary base. $5,000 is still needed to purchase building materials for the work this team.
LightShine Base Camp Septic Team – Fall Team or 2020 – TBA – As the LORD provides, we hope to put in a drainfield later in the year before the snow flies. $15,000 is still needed to purchase building materials for the work this team.
LightShine Base Camp Interior Team – Late Fall/Winter Team or 2020 – TBA – As the LORD provides, we hope to finish the interior of this building. No estimates have been made for this work yet but would involve installing a kitchen, bathroom, insulation, drywall, painting and trim
Each of these teams are currently being formed and we are believing God will provide the money we need by April 2019 to have the building materials ready for each team.
Would you consider giving towards this need? Could you sponsor the building material costs for one of our teams above? All financial gifts are tax deductible. If we can purchase building materials with no credit, at the end of 2019 our much needed garage will be under roof and our vehicles and tools will be inside over the winter.
Thank you so much!
Tom Denlinger – Ministry Director