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Place Matters

November 17, 2014

It was raining lightly in the fall of 1998. Not that it mattered. Light rain usually meant the beach was deserted. So I found myself there several times each week, walking alone on the shores of English Bay. Truth be told, I needed this. After six intense years of ministry I was exhausted and I needed to walk beside quiet waters. “The Lord is my shepherd… He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” So it was that during my year in Vancouver I literally lived this psalm. And God literally restored my soul.

by Rinus Janson, King's Fold Board Chair

Many of us have stories a little like this one - stories in which we encounter God (or more accurately, God encounters us) and we are changed. These stories become sacred because they tell us something of how God has worked in our lives. But notice that stories always happen in places—there is no such thing as a story without geography. The Israelites left one place and entered another and learned much about God along the way. Even more telling, when Jesus entered the world, he landed in a particular place. “The word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.” It mattered that I lived in Vancouver. It also mattered that I literally walked beside quiet waters. Place matters. It is where we encounter God.

King’s Fold is a place set apart to help us slow down, notice, listen, breathe, and sit unhurried at the feet of Jesus. In a technologically-driven world in which things happen in nanoseconds, this kind of place matters. Over the years, thousands of people have come to King’s Fold to rest and remember God. This could (and does) happen at home or driving to work each morning. But it remains essential that we occasionally enter places where we can be still. “Step out of traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God.” Place matters.

Over the next 18 months King’s Fold will engage in a number of renovation projects in order to maintain this kind of place. This is not about building something new as much as maintaining something important. Place matters. We believe it matters that people have a place to which they can come—where they can walk beside quiet waters and God can restore their soul. To this end, King’s Fold Retreat and Renewal Society is seeking to raise $380,000 by April 2016. Why this amount? By the end of this fundraising journey, King's Fold will be celebrating its 38th year. Why so much? As you well know, costs of renovation projects done to code are not cheap. And there are a number of projects. In the coming months we will highlight various projects that need attention (cost and timeline) but we will also highlight stories of people who have spent time at King’s Fold and met with God… moments that happened here.

I live in the same world as you do. It is a world of great need that competes for your time and money. This fund-raising journey is one of them. Please consider giving generously to this need because place matters. It is where you and I encounter God.

What's your story about this place called King's Fold? Email us and tell us about it at placematters@kingsfoldretreat.com.

Click here for more details on the King's Fold Place Matters fundraising journey.