After almost a decade of dreaming and praying. Then add into that a few years of looking at real estate properties, numerous meetings and seven months into our three-year KIEC fundraising campaign we now have a property for KIEC to be built on. As we looked at real estate options we had a list of important things we looking for hoped to find in a property:
1. We wanted to be centered in a Buddhist community. While we could have found properties in Christian areas of Kalay, we truly wanted a place where we could be a light and witness among those we desire to serve and share the gospel with.
2. We wanted a piece of land that was close to the center of the city and a large enough piece of land to allow us to grow. Not an easy task in one of Myanmar’s fastest growing cities.
3. We needed the right price. Our budget was limited and while we had a vision for a larger property, many shared with us that our vision didn’t match the reality of the real estate available for sale.
During the past few yeasr, Sinte’s father has been looking at properties for the KIEC Campus. In 2018, Sinte also traveled up to Kalay from Yangon and looked at properties about three times . In August, Sinte and her father identified a piece of land that met all of the above criteria. We started the slow process of negotiating for the property with an owner we already hae a relationship with, so we were encouraged. But the owner seemed unwilling to come down to the purchase price we offered and felt the land was worth. Something just didn’t feel right. Yet, we thought the land could definitely work for our KIEC campus.
In September, our family went up to Kalay to look at a few more properties but our hearts were leaning towards making a final offer and purchasing the one mentioned above. Then while still looking at these few other options, one Burmese landowner along with an agent came and shared with us about a property he was selling. When we went to look at it, we were shocked at the size of the land, how great the location was and how it met all we wanted and more. The price was in the range of our budget, but Sinte and her father being keen negotiators wanted to get the property for a lower price. During that time, Austin came the USA to meet with the Farthest Corners Board to discuss some of the property options and arrange how the monies would be transferred to Myanmar. A vote was made by the FC Board and it was unanimous that the property we had just came to know about was thought to be the best location for KIEC.
Sinte and her father held out for a few weeks sticking to their price and slowly and surely over the past month the landowner came down and finally agreed to our offer. To say we were ecstatic would be an understatement. So here it is, the new KIEC Campus!