Orthodox Mission Planting in Hattiesburg MS

Campaign Created by: Holy Cross Orthodox Mission Church
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The funds from this campaign will be received by Mac Alford.

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Goal : $20,000

Raised : $21,172

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Revised 12/20/21:

The Holy Cross Mission in Hattiesburg wants to extend our gratitude to all those who have donated - both online and offline! The response has been so encouraging. We need to revise our fundraising campaign because it looks like the Lord has shut one door, but opened another!
 
We are not able to complete the purchase on the Barkley Road property because there is no clear title. We have worked diligently to resolve the title issues, but it appears all avenues are closed at this time. Since we don't have a clear title, we are not able to secure the loan from the bank. It is possible that at some indeterminate time in the future this could be resolved. However, this is very unlikely.
 
However! Meanwhile, we have been presented with an alternative purchase: a former Christian Science property located on North 30th Ave., Hattiesburg. It's 7/10 of a mile from our current location, a 10-minute walk from USM and close to Highway 49. The building and lot are smaller than the Barkley Road property and the owners are asking more. The building is 1,350 square feet (although it feels much larger inside) and has three bathrooms. The lot is likely half an acre (max). The parking lot is paved and can accommodate 10-15 cars, possibly 20-25 if striped. There's a narrow grassy area on the east side of North 30th that we may also be able to use for parking. The sellers are asking $100,000, which means that the bank is asking us to provide 20% or $20,000. The properly has not been put on the market and we are being given the opportunity to purchase prior to listing. 

This is where you come in! We have raised close to $9,000, but we need $20,000 to close on the property. We are hopeful that with our members digging in deeper and with your continued support, we can make this happen soon. God bless you all.
 

UPDATES

Update #4
December 20, 2021
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Revised 12/20/21:

The Holy Cross Mission in Hattiesburg wants to extend our gratitude to all those who have donated - both online and offline! The response has been so encouraging. We need to revise our fundraising campaign because it looks like Lord has shut one door, but opened another!
 
We are not able to complete the purchase on the Barkley Road property because there is no clear title. We have worked diligently to resolve the title issues, but it appears all avenues are closed at this time. Since we don't have a clear title, we are not able to secure the loan from the bank. It is possible that at some indeterminate time in the future this could be resolved. However, this is very unlikely.
 
However! Meanwhile, we have been presented with an alternative purchase: a former Christian Science property located on North 30th Ave., Hattiesburg. It's 7/10 of a mile from our current location, a 10-minute walk from USM and close to Highway 49. The building and lot are smaller than the Barkley Road property and the owners are asking more. The building is 1,350 square feet (although it feels much larger inside) and has three bathrooms. The lot is likely half an acre (max). The parking lot is paved and can accommodate 10-15 cars, possibly 20-25 if striped. There's a narrow grassy area on the east side of North 30th that we may also be able to use for parking. The sellers are asking $100,000, which means that the bank is asking us to provide 20% or $20,000. The properly has not been put on the market and we are being given the opportunity to purchase prior to listing. 

This is where you come in! We have raised close to $9,000, but we need $20,000 to close on the property. We are hopeful that with our members digging in deeper and with your continued support, we can make this happen soon. God bless you all.

Update #3
October 10, 2021
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I'm moving our original text of the appeal to this location. The new appeal text is from our priest, Father Alexis. God bless.

Our little mission parish of the Orthodox Church of America in Hattiesburg, MS (holycrosshattiesburg.org) has an opportunity to purchase a defunct Baptist church in our area. We have been hanging around in the area for years, mostly meeting in storefronts, borrowed or rented space from local organizations, and the like. At the beginning of 2020, we had a priest assigned to our little parish (he takes care of multiple churches). We were experiencing growth, but COVID put a damper on things a bit - but we feel that God is blessing us with momentum again. The opportunity to buy this property will enable us to better reach our community. No more cramped spaces and renting! But of course, owning a property comes with many responsibilities, and costs both anticipated and hidden. 

We hope that all people of goodwill that are able to contribute to the growth of Orthodoxy in Mississippi will help us in any way possible. Let's see the joy and healing of Orthodoxy take deep root in Hattiesburg - the Hub City - and from this hub spread through other parts of the state and beyond. We truly believe that with your assistance, we can see wonderful fruit for Christ's harvest.

If you'd like be placed on our mailing list or would like more information about our parish, please email holycrosshattiesburg@gmail.com.
 

Update #2
August 29, 2021
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Wow. We reached $2000, and I'm astounded at the generosity of so many. This will be so useful to our little parish. Thank you!

Update #1 Initial Goal Met!
August 28, 2021
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I could have never imagined that in less than 24 hours of putting our campaign "out there", our initial goal of $1000 would be met. Glory be to our God and Savior Jesus Christ! I'll admit. I had no idea how this would go. I'm so amazed. Please, if you're familiar with purchasing and remodeling real estate, you know that $1000 will go quickly. If you want to give above our initial goal, we would be so grateful.

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