Last week, we received two bids for the remodel of the classroom space at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). The architects had given me their best estimate for the total remodel cost at $473,000. Because of your generosity, that amount was deposited on June 4th, amid great celebration for achieving our phase I fundraising goal.
Well, it turns out that the estimate was way too low. The lowest bid we received was $599,987. The DOC will also require a 10% contingency which will make the total amount needed to be $660,000.
Needless to say, a gap of $187,000 was totally unexpected. We have pledges and commitments of $80,000 so our need right now is $107,000. To keep this project on track and still be able to move into new classrooms this Fall, we will need to raise the full amount by August 9, 2019.
That is a lot of money to raise by the end of next week. But God reminded me of two things that I hope will bless you as you pray about your involvement.
First, God is in control of this situation; there are no surprises with Him. I was encouraged by my friend (and PIFO board member) Clifford Jones quoting Psalm 37:25, “I was young and now I’m old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” I don’t believe God would allow us to come this far without providing for the entire cost. He will provide.
Second, the generosity of God’s people is on display before the people who really don’t believe in Him. The world’s system relies on greed, selfishness, ownership and control. Our Christian testimony is based on God’s goodness and generosity. This is a powerful moment that will speak to everyone in the prison system of how generous and loving God’s people can be.
I am so thankful for what you have already done. And I’m asking that you prayerfully consider a gift to help us meet this challenge head on.
I also know that as you give, God will provide for you as well. And you too, will be richly blessed. Please let me know if you can help. And if you have questions, feel free to call me at 503-799-0342.