Heaven’s Army Home of Amazing Grace held a celebration on July 31 to thank its supporters for providing financial and spiritual support to the Christian nonprofit association as it moved from its former location in Cleveland to an estate of 22 acres in Tarkington to better serve women fighting drug addiction and domestic violence, and escaping sex trafficking.
The property, located on FM 2518 about three kilometers north of SH 105, provides enough space for the non-profit organization to better serve the women enrolled in the one-year program and continue its construction projects. a separate facility for men facing similar problems with drug addiction and sex trafficking.
The property was purchased with generous donations from local businesses and individuals. Part of the recent funding comes from a deck plank project that Heaven’s Army founder LaNora Purvis explained was her husband Howard’s idea after the two visited the house last year.
“I said to Howard that night, ‘This is where we’re supposed to be. This is where God is going to take us to another level. ‘ He said, ‘No way,’ ”LaNora explained during the grand opening celebration. “I’m the one who leaps in the faith and Howard is the one who trains me. We kind of argued about it that night. I said, ‘God, if this is where you want us, then you talk to him because he’s my head. You tell me what you already told me. ‘ “
The next morning, LaNora said her husband described a dream he had that included the bridge over the Tarkington property.
“He said,” If we go back to this bridge [with the names of donors], then we will have the money to enter this house, ”she said.
Dozens of boards, each for a sponsorship of $ 1,000, have already been sold. The 2 X 6 treated boards were donated to Heaven’s Army by McCoy’s in Cleveland. When the deck plank project is fully completed, it will feature the names of 232 people or companies. The center plank is reserved for the late David Ling, the former owner of the property, who stood in the middle of the bridge to feed the fish in the large pond.
For LaNora, the bridge was symbolic for two reasons. First, a bridge featured prominently on a discarded poster they found at their first women’s home in Cleveland. Second, the bridge represented a passage from a barren land to the promised land, which LaNora says is representative of the organization’s move from its former location to a rented house in Cleveland, which they tried unsuccessfully to ‘buy, to the new location in Tarkington.
“It’s thanks to you guys,” she told her supporters. “This is your ministry. This is your fruit. It is we, as a community, who do this.
Since 2010, approximately 200 women have enrolled in the Heaven’s Army program. Of these, around 60 have led successful lives. Of the 20 graduates who completed the six-month program, only two returned to their old way of life. All graduates of the one-year program were successful, according to Purvis.