Opportunities come and go and right at the moment we have one we want to grasp. Autumn Leaves has grown as we have continually sought to serve people around us. Doug and Angela Hurley originally put their all into it, but over the years it has grown beyond the current resources it has available. This current opportunity gives more potential to reach the christian and secular community than we other wise could.
We appreciate your interest in our search for a new building to house the ministry of Autumn Leaves. We want to use the stability that we have developed over the years as a footing for another big step forward in sharing the gospel more effectively through Christian resources and services to enhance physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Currently we use a large double garage attached to the house for the retail shop space, a separate building for offices and video and print production, and two separate storage areas.
We have been wanting to combine these areas into one cohesive area for our 10 staff (full and part time) to be able to work together better and to add a studio area for developing further into media which is become a vital way to reach out with all aspects of our message.
We want to make the ministry more effective by:
- Setting our light on lampstand rather than under a bushel by being in a prominent location
- Eliminate problems such as flooding which we currently get
- Separate the ministry from Doug and Angela’s personal home
- Have one building to allow our team to work more cohesively
- Create more workspace for the growing ministry and media work
Over the last couple of years we have examined many options to make this possible and we now have the opportunity to purchase a property that is one of the most economical options we have found but also with the most potential.
We currently have this property under contract and are working on local council processes. We have an extension to the 11th December to confirm on this property.
The property is 1000sqm on an arterial route between Christchurch and Rangiora. It closer to the business facilities we need to use, but is still near our current location so phone and postal details can remain the same. It has fast internet and courier to the door, two things that we currently lack in our rural location. There is an older four-bedroom home on the property.
Ideally, we would like to remove the house and build a complete new purpose built building. When we have the funds we would do this, but the beauty of this property is that we can use the existing house as offices, production areas, and kitchen/bathroom facilities. We would need to add an extra approx. 125m2 to the front of the house to use as the retail shop and storage area. A large car parking area and landscaping will also be required. The house is well placed on the section for this. Using the existing house would mean that we can be functioning there for about half of the cost at around $555,000. We would build this bookshop so that at a later stage when funds permit, the house can be removed and we can construct the rest of the purpose-built building, including a larger shop, offices, work areas and a media studio.
The property is on a strategic route with about 24,000 cars passing the site each day. This is great public exposure and a witnessing opportunity in itself as we plan to make good use of signs.
Running the ministry from a residential property does require Resource Consent and we are already working through this process with the local council. The council have been helpful with this. The property is near business zoned land and there are four other residential zoned properties in the immediate vicinity that are running as established businesses.
We are excited about this opportunity, and have been granted until the 11th of December to arrange the resource consent and confirm on the property. This period will be shortened once we have the consent approved.
In the meantime we are working on raising funds for the property purchase and building work. This is where we urgently need your help!
We have raised the $355,000 to be able to purchase the property!
We anticipate needing an additional $200,000 approx to do the essential work to make the property usable. This will include a extension to the current house, car-parking and landscaping. We need this soon after purchase to be able to make the property ready for the ministry work. The figure is not certain yet as we haven't received pricing for the work and we also do not yet know all the details of the council requirements. The more funds we get for this portion, the more we can achieve and the sooner we can do it.
Ideally we would require another estimated $400-500,000 to build the full building. We'd love to do this upfront but we can also do it when funds are available later.
Raised so far
Thanks to many donors giving, we have completed the first stage of the project and are on the way to funding further stages so we need to raise more.
We need you to invest in this project in whatever way you can. If you have been blessed or seen others blessed by this ministry, please consider sacrificing to make this work prosper and reach more people as we scatter God’s message of truth like the leaves of autumn before the opportunity closes.
- Nearly everybody can give $50 or $1000. But maybe you have been blessed with more resources that you can invest. Please consider sacrificial giving!
- Can you encourage others to give by putting up a matching fund so that as others give you can match dollar for dollar?
- Do you have funds that you can loan to this project so that the property can be purchased and we can arrange return payments over a set period? (Talk to us about details.)
- Can you give a little frequently? We have seen large projects funded by dedicated givers.
Autumn Leaves is a registered charity with a company constitution to protect givers and has its financial records processed by an independent accountant yearly. We envy the trust that has been put into us over the almost 30 years we have been serving in ministry work and are blessed with the partnerships that have developed over the years.
All donations are tax deductible for NZ income tax so that you can receive about 1/3 back at the end of the tax year. It means your $3,000 gift will only really cost you $2,000. We are happy to work with you to make this most effective.
Will you join us to grasp this opportunity before the 11th of October? We have dedicated our time and available resources and we are unable to move forward without your help!
Most of all we need your prayers - both for the fund raising and the practical details to be sorted, but also that our faith may stay strong!
We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible,
Doug, Angela, Damon, Cherie, Korina, Kent, Lena, Samantha, Peter, James, & Jvic.
Thank you for being willing to help!
To contribute via bank transfer or cheque fill in the form below or contact us.
ANZ bank New Zealand: 01 0877 0014329 00
ANZ bank Australia: BSB 014 507 Account 4865 93335
For international payments:
Beneficiary: Autumn Leaves NZ Ltd
Beneficiary Account (IBAN number): 010877001432900
Beneficiary Bank: ANZ National Bank Limited (Swift or BIC code ANZBNZ22)
Banks Name: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
Banks Address: 85 High Street, Rangiora, Canterbury 7400, New Zealand
The place of the bank is in Rangiora
You can also pay via paypal to: email@example.com
Please contact us to learn more or to discuss ways that you can be involved and give. We are looking for those that have the resources to invest in this project in a substantial way and especially the many who can make even the smallest contributions which amount to much in God's eyes.
Contact Damon on 03 313 7762 or 027 424 8891 to discuss this project.
Contact us to contribute to this fund or click the button to the right to donate via credit card. You can also deposit directly into our account with the reference “Building Fund”.
ANZ bank New Zealand: 01 0877 0014329 00
ANZ bank Australia: BSB 014 507 Account 4865 93335
This is a collection of questions we have been asked and that you might have also.
Isn't time too short to spend money on these types of projects?
We have had this mentioned to us and it is something we have contemplated also. But as a good friend said, "When the work is complete then we should stop investing in it." Yes, time is short, but what else do we need to save the money for? Money is of no use when the end comes. Let's put all we can into building up the work. If the world finishes and the benefits of this building has only managed to help a few people, is that not better than money in the bank or a personal mansion?
How many people work at Autumn Leaves?
We currently have 4 full time staff and 6 part time or casual staff, some of the hours are volunteered. On Tuesdays we usually have 8 staff here at one time so it is become a busy place and we are shuffling work stations!
What happens in the future if Autumn Leaves is dissolved?
We understand the importance of this question when giving. Autumn Leaves NZ Ltd is a registered charitable company with a constitution, this includes dissolution clauses. Contact us if you would like to see our constitution. In summary there are two main aspects as to what happens to the organisation's assets if the ministry ends. First, according to NZ Government laws, the assets/proceeds of sale must be given to another registered NZ charity. This is because tax is likely to have been claimed back on donations given. Secondly, we have elected in our constitution that the proceeds will be distributed to an organisation that has the same message and mission as Autumn Leaves. This is to honour the intent for the donations given.
If you have any further questions please feel free to ask - some one else may want to know the same thing.