Our vision is to provide an affordable sanctuary for Pastors and their families, groups, and individuals that are looking for sound biblical teaching and a place for healing and restoration. Or just for a place to decompress.
Arukah is a Hebrew word that means "healing, restoration, wholeness, health, made up, perfected." After many years of looking for places to hold weekend retreats, we realized the vision was bigger than that... We needed a property devoted full time to the healing and restoration of God's people. And so in late 2021, we began the search for just the right property -- for a place that we knew God would anoint and make holy ground. We are seeking our 501(c)3 status so that charges to groups or families will be nominal - or non-existent. It is the prayer that anyone in need will be able to come and find peace, without the added burden of financial considerations.
Arukah House is a sanctuary. We will be offering multi-day retreats, weekly bible studies and group meetings, and will be opening the home to anyone who needs to re-set and find a quiet place to seek God's face. We are also planning services and events, including weekly worship services, prayer groups, and community outreach programs. Our services are designed to provide support and guidance to individuals on their spiritual journey towards a fuller life in Christ.
In May we closed escrow on an amazing forested property right outside the historic gold rush town of Columbia, CA. God said He would give us a spot we could build into His sanctuary -- where healing, restoration and peace would be offered to those hungry for it. But we need your help to complete the very hard work.
We knew it would be a huge challenge when we purchased Arukah House, but my oh my the mess. This is what we walked into. Stay tuned for the amazing and God-inspired transformation we're undergoing. It's a big job, but nothing is too big for the God we serve.
Exciting times -- key day is coming up. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit apprehensive, but I'm also very excited about what God is planning for this venture. I can do all things through CHRIST!!
Well... now we're really getting a feel for how much is going to need to be done. I am so anxious to have it completed. I'd really love to love to be planning my first retreat, but God is teaching me patience and trust above all other things. We have quite a laundry list of expenses that will need to be addressed, but I have faith that it will all be provided in just the right time! Mess to Masterpiece.
In spite of all the mess, we can't help but see the beauty in this place. Everyone who comes to Arukah House comments on the sense of peace and the natural beauty of this place. God is building His sanctuary, one removed bag of trash at a time.
The first big hurdle was the amount of furniture, garbage and debris that needed to be removed. Nearly $1500 just in dump fees alone.
You can't help but appreciate the beauty of this property, even if we recognize that cleanup alone is a HUGE undertaking. And we're coming to grips with our neighbors -- I guess we're really the intruders. We have a family of mountain lions living in the gully down below (never see them, thank You Jesus!), and we've found you do not ever leave out any food scraps or garbage because there are critters just longing to make the mess worse - lol!! The eggs from our neighbors chickens are a bonus!
You're getting a blow by blow right now, because we are hoping to document the process and the progress. I'm sure I'll slow down when things start getting a bit more complicated. I really do need a social media expert -- maybe some eager 15-year old? Still, every day brings new joy, new challengs and new help. We're so grateful.
So we were just feeling pretty spectacular about the mess being gone when the Septic began to act up in the worst possible way. We have a plumber coming out next week to assess the actual issue, but I'm guessing we will need to rehab the septic and leach lines sooner rather than later. Yikes!
I'll tell you the truth, I'm a bit weary. But that doesn't diminish my excitement or the dim the vision that God has given me. We got some fairly bad news about the Septic and plumbing... more soon... and they suspended burning permits because of the warm weather. That's going to be a financial blow because now we'll have to haul out the brush instead of burning it. But we had a fun project with the windows. You have to be creative when your rehabbing a 70-year old home.