Introducing Redemption Heights
Campus Development of YWAM Arctic Mercy
A Bit of History
In September 2012, an elder of our then host Christian Community Church knocked on our office door and said he need to have an urgent conversation with Barb and me. We gathered the next day where he very apologetically informed us that we needed to find new housing as soon as possible. We found a potential location and a series of offers and counter offers ensued. Our final offer was $65,000 less than list price. God gave us favor and seventy-seven days later we miraculously closed on the Dolphin Villa Apartments. We were the fourth lowest bidder! God wanted YWAM Arctic Mercy to have this property and He had a plan. To date, the Lord has provided over $360,000 for property purchase, renovation and apartment remodel.
The property once had the nickname of Felony Flats. As we began to clean up the property and remodel the apartments, there was a sense that God was redeeming the property. We also had a sense that this was one of many ways He wanted to redeem the community of Homer and also the State of Alaska; thus the new name of Redemption Heights.
Since the purchase of the property, we have worked toward having our own campus. At our 10th Anniversary Celebration, many of you generously donated funds for us to pursue the development of this campus. Thank you so much! We have completed the process of creating the Master Plan which consists of seven new structures: the Operations Center (Manager’s Residence), which has a full kitchen/dining area, meeting areas, offices and garage; a shop; four rental cabins; and a pavilion. We have the architectural plans, Conditional Use Permit, all Fire Marshal and Borough authorizations, which means we’re ready to build. Please pray funds come in for this.
From this campus we will continue to run Discipleship Training Schools where people can have a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and then be sent out. It will allow us to manage operations more efficiently, multiply our programs to send out more teams, and to have a stronger community presence. Our primary outreach location continues to be Alaskan Native communities.
With the increase of staff, we are planning to do more events and ministries. We are in the process of building relationships with pastors and leaders in various places in the state so that we can host ministry events and also send teams to those communities. It’s exciting to see our ability to influence grow!
The Goal of a Partially Self-Sustaining Campus
Our biggest challenge is generating the funds for ministry. The reason we have added four cabins to the Master Plan is to rent these to the general public and generate a source of income that comes straight into YWAM. They have the potential to generate $40,000 to $50,000 annually for YWAM. These funds would be available to put fuel in our outreach boats, to help send staff on outreaches, and for development. We all want to be in the field more often and true discipleship is difficult without being immersed in a community. Having a self-sustaining campus will greatly help us do what God has called us to do: bring God’s Kingdom to Alaska and beyond.
The Development Plan
Purchase property Remodel apartments Prepare land for development
Phase 3 – Construction
- Sewer, NG, water and power
- Fire code-compliant alley
- Operations Center
- Shop and pavilion
Phase 2 – Planning
Architectural plans obtained Obtain all building permits Obtain Fire Marshal approval
Phase 4 – Completion
- Decks and landscaping
- Furniture and operating equipment
- Opening Celebration
Our next step is to install the sewer and water lines for all of the new structures which will cost $48,000. The remaining utilities are $32,000. This will then allow us to build the cabins ($40,000 each), which will start generating revenue for ministry. We will use Mission Builder teams as much as possible and give our time and skills were applicable.
You have been a vital part of our ability to impact Alaska and several nations. We can’t thank you enough. We are excited to have a campus so that we no longer have to be displaced and scattered throughout Homer. YWAM can exist and function fruitfully when operating in multiple locations, like we are, but it thrives when it is on a campus. We covet your prayer and partnership toward this end.
In His Service,
Scott & Barb Smith and the YWAM Arctic Mercy Staff