It's been nearly five years since we told you about Sunshine Bible Academy's goal to take on a multi-million dollar building project, which would rely on donations.
That campaign began just as the country was beginning the recession. Given the circumstances, it seemed unlikely, but maybe it wasn’t.
When you visit Sunshine Bible Academy south of Miller, you can hear singing coming from a new music room, next to a new gym, alongside brand new classrooms.
"The new building has been really good for everything from music to sports," student Elissa Stiegelmeier said.
This is the first full year the school is using the finished building, which, when you look at numbers and logic, maybe shouldn't be there.
"It was afforded totally through the generous gifts of the supporters of this school," superintendent Jason Watson said.
But the school also relies on those supporters to help cover its ongoing expenses. The building committee wanted the project to be, for the most part, debt-free. Committee members prayed about the project and got an answer.
The school only has about $250,000 left to pay on the $2.5 million building. And people have pledged more than that amount to Sunshine Bible.
"Little gifts, big gifts and everything in between. People just came together and said, 'We want to make this happen,'" Watson said.
So it did. People at the school credit God and thank Him.
"We're looking forward to the brand new season, having all the games in here," student Jaden Brockel said of the new gym.
Construction started in 2011; only finishing touches are left today.
The school's building committee is also looking at future plans to build new dorms and possibly a new cafeteria and commons area. The school has close to 100 students kindergarten through 12th grade.