Family Life's Building Project
Amount Raised: $1,646,215
Total Building
Total Purchase

When it comes to the Psalms, there is wonderful instruction in chapter 37. We're encouraged to "Trust in the Lord," to "Take delight in the Lord," to "Commit your way to the Lord," and even to "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Following those admonitions will bring God's blessing through tremendous rewards.

There is something else unique and wonderful about Psalm 37, something that is perfectly applicable to the Lord's ministry at Family Life. Seven times in this chapter the phrase, "inherit the land" or "dwell in the land" is penned. The ninth verse says, "But those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land." Part of God's blessing to His children was to provide them with land to dwell in. God's provision of land is exactly the need that Family Life has today.

At the end of 2016, Family Life was blessed to be able to purchase an existing building in the Corning, New York area that will ultimately become the ministry's headquarters. Since that time, plans have been developed to retrofit this facility to accommodate all of Family Life's current needs. But as we look to the future, there is a major expansion goal that will allow for large-scale ministry outreach opportunities to take place. This vision is the construction of a new performing arts theater/auditorium that will open the door for a considerable variety of events presently not possible. However, before this dream can become reality, an intermediate step has to take place.

The recently purchased building does not have adequate land for the construction of the new theater/auditorium or the necessary parking area for such a facility. *The ministry has been offered a wonderful opportunity to purchase 21 acres of vacant, commercial property adjoining Family Life's new building. The owners of this acreage are excited about the organization coming to the area and have reduced their asking price by over 50%! In order for Family Life to take advantage of this exclusive offer, this purchase needs to transpire by the middle of August. We're excited to see how the Lord will miraculously provide for this second step!

The cost for this prime real estate is $850,000. Family Life is in the process of selling some existing properties that will account for $350,000 of that amount needed. Our prayer is that God will use you to help the ministry raise the remaining $500,000 so that the purchase phase of Family Life's campaign will be realized. Would you prayerfully consider being one of 2,000 faith partners who will give $25; or even one of 1,000 friends who will contribute $50? The Lord might speak to you to be one of 500 who can stand with us with a gift of $100; or maybe one of 250 ministry companions who will invest $200. We are praying that 170 individuals or families will entrust $300 toward this project. If each of these marks are reached, the fund-drive will start just beyond the half-way point!

On Wednesday, July 12, we will be conducting a one-day fund drive to raise the additional $500,000 needed for the purchase of this property. Your generous gift will go a long way in helping Family Life finish this phase of the project. Your investment prior to the July 12 fund-drive will be included in our starting total. You can give online or mail your gift with a note of "Inherit the Land."

Imagine with us for a moment – Family Life having the capability of reaching many more with a myriad of additional outreaches, all for the glory of God. That's a vision that will become a reality with your help. Whether you contribute prior to the one-day fund drive on July 12 or you participate during the excitement of that day, we want you to know how blessed and grateful we are for your friendship and your investment in what the Lord is doing at Family Life. We encourage you to follow along with the progress of God's provision as He allows us to "Inherit the Land!"


Existing Building

Planned Renovation/Construction


Auditorium Interior Concept


New Building FAQs

I thought Family Life purchased some property in Kanona years ago for your new headquarters.  Why did you change your mind about building there?

We have spent the last number of years trying to get state/local help to bring public utilities to Kanona to no avail.  Our architects have told us that the cost of getting these utilities to our site along with the excavation costs would amount to $7,000,000.  This would have to be spent before one block was laid for a new facility.

What do those who contributed toward the purchase of that property think about not using it for the purpose the monies were raised for?  And what will you now do with this property?

Family Life sent out a letter to about 750 donors who had contributed toward the Kanona property's purchase and the buying out of the lease that was held on the property.  We heard back from over 200 of them and 100% of the responses were favorable to selling the property and using the funds from the sale for Family Life's new headquarters.  The value of the property is greater than the price the ministry paid for it in 2005.

Why are you looking to move Family Life's headquarters to the Corning area?

There are a number of reasons why such a move not only makes sense but also can be viewed as the Lord opening this door.  First of all, we discovered that the principal owner of the existing building is a strong supporter of Family Life and has drastically reduced his price for us to purchase it.  The cost of purchasing this building is about 10% of what it would cost to construct it new.  Even with the cost of retrofitting it for our use, it is much less than building it from scratch.  Secondly, the owners of an adjoining property have also drastically reduced their price to Family Life as they appreciate what the ministry does for people.  The overall price of this project is less than half of what it would have cost to build at the Kanona site.

How will being in the Corning area enhance Family Life's programming?

There are a number of other advantages to moving to the Corning area.  Corning is a destination place with hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting each year.  We hope to tap into that tourism traffic with year-round performing arts dinner events where we can share the Good News of Jesus.  Plus, with a greater local population to choose from, other events potentially will be better attended.  Family Life will also have more local volunteers to assist in its outreach.

How soon will this project become a reality?

The current plan is to raise the necessary funds to purchase the existing building by the end of 2016 and the adjoining property in the first quarter of 2017, if not before.  Once that has been accomplished, a major capital campaign will begin to raise the necessary funds to retrofit the building and construct the new theater/auditorium.  Our prayer is that the Lord will supply this within a three-year period.

What will become of Family Life's current facility?

Ultimately we would anticipate selling the present headquarters and use the proceeds to help cover costs of the new facility.

How will this affect the size of the staff at Family Life?

With increased opportunities for more ministry events, and with a larger facility, the need for additional staff will increase significantly.

How can I (we) contribute, outside of a general gift to this exciting project?

There are a number of opportunities to help Family Life reach its goals.  You can donate appreciated assets such as stocks, funds, real estate, etc. and receive very favorable tax benefits.  If you are an employee of a company that matches your donations, you can literally double your contribution by simply filling out a matching gift form.  Family Life can assist you in this endeavor.  If you are 70½ years or older, you can contribute directly from your IRA up to $100,000 annually for each spouse.  This contribution saves on taxes normally paid on your minimum required distribution.

Everyone Can Get Involved!

After hearing her parents discuss the Building Our Future Together campaign, 12-year-old Grace Propert decided she wanted to help.  So, she set out to raise $200 by sewing and selling her very own purses and handbags!  Just before the New Year's deadline, Grace stopped by Family Life to hand-deliver her contribution to Rick Snavely.  A big thank you to Grace and her parents, Nate and Marriah Propert, for this very special blessing!  

Hear Sonny's interview with Grace.

Outline of the Project

History of Family Life's current facility
Why the need for a new facility?
What other possibilities has Family Life pursued?
Why the Corning, NY area?
God is opening doors to move to the Corning area!
How will this dream come to fruition?