journey update

Spring 2024

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November 2023

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Journey Update connects you to the mission of Zeteo Community: To serve women who have been sexually exploited by providing residential programming and a supportive community in which they are free to dream and thrive.

Leadership perspectives

We see 2024 as a year of big challenges, significant changes, and long-awaited answers to prayer. As we anticipate the emergence of physical buildings, we also envision a community of people coming together from all walks of life. The word “community” in our name is our strength. It forms the basis of everything we do and how we do it. We consider all our volunteers, donors, and the people we serve as members of our community, each holding a special place in this mission. We would love to have you join us!

“…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness…”
Isaiah 61:3

God at work

Since our last Journey Update, plans have fallen into place on the property! We stand in awe as we walk within marked-out spaces that existed solely on blueprints for over a year. From excavation to staking out and plotting foundations, every step forward reminds us of God’s faithfulness while we eagerly anticipate what’s to come.

Hope, as described in Scripture, is not merely a “wish” or “desire.” According to the author of creation, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised. We can move forward with confidence, expecting God to act according to His will. Every decision, every challenge, and every success has been approached with the belief that we are constructing not just homes but a testimony of His love. The milestones achieved in these past few months reflect His grace, reminding us that as we trust in Him, He accomplishes His work within and around us.

As we look ahead to the next step of laying foundations, we do so with confidence and anticipation. Hope is the cornerstone of all that we do, shaping not only the physical structures but also the heart of the Zeteo Community as a whole. So, as we walk forward into the coming months, “let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23 NIV).

Faithful

My word shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing I sent it.

There are moments in life when God’s hand leads us on a journey that shapes the very foundations of our lives. Do you remember Abram encountering God’s call to leave home for a land unknown to him, revealed only through divine promise? Can you recall the Israelites being led by pillars of cloud and fire, not fully knowing where the journey would take them, except for God promising it would be their home? The convergence of their obedience, faith, and God’s miraculous demonstrations of His presence and interventions laid the groundwork for generations to come.

As of right now, we are working to raise the finances to begin the build out of the homes themselves. This is no small feat. The immediate funds needed to begin is $3 million, with the total project of the homes costing $7.5 million. Our prayer is that there never be a hindrance to the building progress. Every contractor is ready to go as soon as the funds are in place. As we reflect on the miracles that have graced our journey thus far, we patiently pray for God to continue bringing the community alongside, paving the way toward progress again.

Zeteo Community is just that—a community. We are all invited to participate in what   God is doing. When a community joins together to make change and impact the lives around them, it creates a legacy of God’s love. As Erwin McManus writes in his book Chasing Daylight, “When we offer ourselves as instruments for God’s purpose, we create opportunities for others to experience God through us. We become living lightning rods of God’s activity. Our obedience creates a spiritual epicenter through which God shakes up the world around us, and others come to know Him.” How are you being called as an instrument for God’s purposes here in our community?

This May we are hosting the 2nd annual Zeteo Community Benefit!

“Rebuilding Dreams Together” is our theme this year, with banquet tables set for meaningful conversations and joy-filled community and fellowship. The evening will take place within the beautiful Monona Terrace. We are already preparing a place for you there!

volunteers

In 2023, we experienced a surge of volunteer applicants who were interested and committed to serving and growing alongside us, with seventy individuals having been placed on teams!

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website. We offer a variety of areas to serve. Whether you want to mentor women and children, specialize in spreadsheets, love hosting events, or are passionate about fundraising, we have a way for you to use your gifts! “Zeteo Community is just that—a community.”