Narnia Elementary School has begun raising funds to purchase a campus in Banská Bystrica. The desire is to purchase the entire campus where we have been renting since the school was founded in 2006. In this post I will be explaining how Narnia plans to fund the purchase of the school and how you can help make sure Narnia continues to share the gospel in our community.
All About Narnia
For a fuller description of Narnia, its vision, and the fundraising project you can download the prospectus by clicking on the image on the left. You can also read about the the whole saga of our attempt to purchase the campus by reading up on all our Narnia posts.
The Narnia Campus
The green shading you see in the above Google earth picture is the approximate land that Narnia is hoping to purchase. It includes two main classroom buildings, a gymnasium, and two separate buildings that currently house an Assemblies of God Church, a Dentist, the school cafeteria, and space for an apartment for the school’s caretaker. There is also one smaller utility building. All together, there is enough room for a 9 grade elementary school and even the potential for a four year high school.
We seem to be nearing the end of the bidding for the property. Two rounds have failed to find a buyer willing to pay the city’s set minimum price and Narnia is now hoping to get within range of $1.3 million for the entire property.
The purchase of the campus is a large outlay of funds that goes way beyond what the school or our small congregation can afford. In the long term we believe it will be financially viable but we need a boost now in order to make the purchase. Here is a breakdown of our plan for funding the purchase.
The school and the church currently have approximately $400,000 in cash, pledges, or in property we plan to sell. We plan to borrow $600,000 from private sources that will be paid off as Narnia and the various other tenants pay monthly rent. We are hoping to raise $300,000 in contributions. Our goal is to raise $200,000 of this money from Slovak sources and $100,000 from outside Slovakia.
You Can Help
Please read the information included above and pray for Narnia and the families we serve. Pass this information on to others so that they will pray and spread the word as well.
If you feel led to make a financial contribution to Narnia there are two ways to do so. For tax deductible contributions through an ECFA registered organization, you can give through Faith and Learning International (see details below). Or, to minimize administration and service fees, you can wire money directly to Narnia Elementary School.
Faith and Learning International
You can give through their website http://faithandlearning.org/narnia-school or send a personal check to
Faith & Learning International
P.O. Box 480
Wheaton, IL 60189-0480.
On a separate sheet of paper please indicate that the funds are for Narnia Elementary School.
Wire to Narnia Elementary School
Mlynske Nivy 1
829 90 Bratislava
The Slovak Republic
Swift Code/BIC: SUBASKBX
IBAN: SK11 0200 0000 0022 0743 1659
Message for recipient: 525 Narnia Donation