Dear friends,


Vaughn and Maralee Groen joined EdenRidge in the fall of 2019 as Hospitality Directors. The experience and enthusiasm they bring to the ministry is nothing short of a game-changer and we are so blessed to have them! The only problem is that EdenRidge doesn’t have an on-site residence for them, so they are renting a house in Crossville, which is 30 minutes away. The distance and hour-long back and forth trips are a hindrance to their ability to fully engage with our guests. Furthermore, with the opening of the Welcome Center this fall, their duties will include opening up the building each day, welcoming and helping guests, and closing up the building at night. These responsibilities will be very difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish from a distance.


There’s only one solution, and that’s for EdenRidge to build a first staff house, which will be slated to be occupied by the Groens! An ideal location ​on the property of EdenRidge has been identified for staff housing and we’re estimating the cost of the 1,200 square foot house to be $170,000 including all utility costs. I’m excited to announce that a matching gift of $25,000 has already been pledged to the project, which means that the next $25,000 pledged will be matched dollar for dollar!


What we’re looking ​for are funds to be pledged by the end of June so we can plan for the house and start construction, but funds can be given anytime between now and the end of the year. Every dollar donated to this fund will be used for the purpose of building the house, with nothing taken out for administrative costs. Furthermore, all donations are 100% tax-deductible!


Thank you so much for considering a gift to make this exciting project a reality! Please pledge by using the Pledge Card below, or scroll to the bottom of this page to make a donation now using a credit card. If you have any questions or would like to communicate with me, please don't hesitate to contact me. My email address is and my cell number is 731.695.1206.


With gratitude,


Oliver Dossmann

President, Mission to Missionaries

General Manager, EdenRidge


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