The Porch Is Waiting
Here it is!!!! 499 Trinity Lane in Wellington, Colorado!!! It is the home for Soaring Wings Ministries!!!!! We closed on the property on January 6th and with that Soaring Wings Ministries has taken a giant leap forward in being able to provide homes for homeless families and young adults!!!
The house is not a beautiful house by any means but when Ed and I first saw this home and property we saw so much potential. It sits on 40 acres with beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains off in the distance. It is far enough away from the city that the families will have the opportunity to live in peace and yet at the same time close enough that they will be able to access schools, jobs and other services.
The inside of the house is in good condition and will only require minimal cleaning. The outside of the house is another story….it looks neglected. The house, outbuildings and grounds look like they need some life and love breathed into them. The house and property right now kind of reminds me of an empty shell….there is no life there. Yes, some paint will help, some repairs will help and some upkeep will help but what 499 Trinity Lane really needs is people living there. All the repairs in the world won't matter if there isn't life there. Somehow it seems appropriate that Soaring Wings Ministries bought a piece of property that needs life brought back into it. Just as we see the potential in this property we see the potential in the lives of homeless families. Homeless families need love, care and need to have life breathed back into them. They need to have a home where they can heal. They need to know that other people care about them. They need to know that Jesus loves them and died on the cross for them.
If you look at the picture you can see the porch off to the right at the end of the house. Right now that porch needs some work. There is old, ugly, green, outdoor carpeting on the floor of the porch that a needs to be ripped up. One of the support posts is broken and needs to be replaced. There are also some broken slats that need to be replaced and the whole thing needs to be waterproofed. When I look at this porch I picture a beautiful wood floor and hanging plants all around it. I picture chairs and a table on this porch. I picture homeless families first arriving to 499 Trinity Lane and I see this porch saying to them "welcome"…"you are safe here". I picture staff and families taking a break from the hot summer sun on this deck with pitchers of iced tea. I picture life happening on this porch. I picture God slowly breathing life back into the lives of broken people on this porch.
Ed and I are not afraid of hard work and we are ready to tackle the task at hand….the task of breathing life back into 499 Trinity Lane and with God's grace and help to breathe life back into broken lives. We can't wait till this property is humming with life, joy, peace and grace. We can't wait till we have cabins up for homeless families to live in! We can't wait till it is buzzing with activity! We can't wait for this property to be transformed but more than that we can't wait until this property transforms the lives of people. We also can't wait till you come and visit us at 499 Trinity Lane!! When I look at the porch I see many of you sitting on this porch with us and spending time with some wonderful families. Come visit Soaring Wings Ministries!!! The porch is waiting.
1/11/2014 05:54:32 am
OMG! You know what " the porch" means to me. Gathering, reflection, prayer, observation and relaxation. It is by far my favorite place with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
1/30/2014 07:34:36 am
Hi. My name is Kelly and I would really like to make some comments about your blog about "499 Trinity Lane" -- because it was our beloved home until two years ago when we were forced to leave due to job losses. The place has been empty for two years. We poured our hearts and souls into what was "Trinity Farm" for 13 years. This place was NEVER neglected -- at least, not by us. So please, don't call the carpet on the porch "ugly green" and please keep in mind that there are reasons why the post on the porch is broken, and there are reasons why things may appear "neglected". But, most of all, please keep in mind that someone else once loved living there and leaving broke their hearts.
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Anita Rennells is writer of this blog. She, along with her husband Ed, founded Soaring Wings Ministries to serve the homeless. The purpose of the blog is to tell the story of Soaring Wings Ministries and to give glory to God.
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