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We made it? We made it!

It happened one weekend in early June of 2009: *culture is not optional crossed a threshold and entered a whole new realm of possibilities. What a Monday morning!

It’s true, we’ve officially surpassed the $20,000 goal we set at the beginning of May in an attempt to see what might be in store for *cino’s future. We’d already determined that Three Rivers, Michigan felt a lot like home for the organization. But if that future was going to include the historic Huss School, the first step was a $20,000 down payment. We had never raised that much money so quickly in our seven-year history as an organization, but we put the vision out there and the results have been simply astounding. People of all ages from all around the world have contributed according to their abilities–a fitting beginning to what we hope will be a vibrant center for education and service both within Three Rivers and beyond.

How do we change gears from holding an idea loosely to letting our imaginations run wild with the possibilities for a specific space? We’re still figuring that out–what a great problem to have! And we just can’t wait to see where this journey takes us next. Thank you for walking with us in the past and in the future, even when the path is scary, even when it’s exciting, even when it’s a big ol’ question mark and it feels like we’re completely lost. With your continued partnership and God’s blessing–well, anything can happen, can’t it?

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.