Additionally, Kossuth’s Engage ministry to support vulnerable children and foster care has identified an incredible opportunity to extend such scholarships to foster families in our Lafayette community. Children who are in foster care get a fun week of summer camp and exposure to the good news of Jesus, while foster families gain helpful respite as we support their efforts.
Instead of continuing to increase the operating budget line to fund these scholarships, we want to invite you to invest in this opportunity directly through the Year-End Offering. The goal of $20,000 will continue providing 50% scholarships for Kossuth families (20-25 per year) as well as full scholarships to foster families through Kossuth’s Engage ministry (5-10 per year) for the next two to three years.
Planting Seeds for Life-Impacting Ministry Space
The recent building revamp project brought a fresh update and increased functionality to the foyer, nursery area, and second floor of our building. It only takes a brief walk through the basement classrooms to recognize this part of the building is long-overdue for an update as well.
After funding the camp scholarship initiative described above, we want to put all additional 2021 Year-End Offering gifts toward eliminating the mortgage on the recent renovations to propel our plan to move into “Phase 2” of the building revamp project: the basement children’s ministry space. Our goal is to transform the basement into a kid-friendly space that is warm, bright, and welcoming with larger classrooms, an easy-to-navigate floorplan, and increased visibility and security.
We are grateful that the church had to borrow significantly less than anticipated to complete Phase 1. Even so, if we only make the scheduled payments, it will take eight years to pay down that debt. Wiping out a big chunk (or all!) of the mortgage through the Year-End Offering will accelerate our timeline for beginning work in the basement. The faster we pay down Phase 1, the sooner we can start Phase 2.