Ministry Builds Homes for Students


A Joplin ministry provides not only a place to worship, but now houses for students to live in.

Koinonia Christian Campus Ministry held a ribbon cutting and blessing for two brand new houses today.

Ten Missouri Southern students are now living in the homes, with affordable rent and a close proximity to the school.

Ministry leaders say they wanted to create a place where the students could be in constant fellowship and have a safe and comfortable place for bible study, meetings, meals and more.

Sitting on about four acres of land, they plan to build seven more houses and a student center in the future.

“These homes it’s really about that they are joining together as a group in their Christian walk and being able to gain fellowship with other students that are in that same walk,” says Patty Vavra with the Koinonia Board Of Directors.

“Never is there a boring day where you kind of sit in your room. There’s always games or a movie or we place sports. We have bible studies here as well. Just very exciting the whole time,” says Michael Chang, a student resident in one of the new homes.

The first two houses cost $400,000, primarily raised through ministry donations.

Their next goal is to raise $160,000 to get another two houses started.

Their ministry is non-denominational, and meets Thursday evenings each week at College View Baptist Church.

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