As many of you may be aware, 2 ½ years ago, the ceiling of first floor of our art gallery & gathering place collapsed, leaving our El Diseño in shambles. We’ve since discovered that the collapse was the result of years of water seeping through the old city wall and into our ceilings and floors. According to Arianna, Edge Project Founder and Executive Director, “This was clearly the cause of the city that built a plaza on the backside of our house in 2005 in the historic region. During construction it is obvious the city workers did not properly insulate and protect the building from water damage.”
For bureaucratic reasons, the insurance company refused to pay for the damages, leaving us no choice but to take them to court.
After fighting this for almost three years, Xara, Edge Associate Director, just returned from two months in Spain to deliver the bad news – we’ve lost our court case and will have to use the financial gifts and elbow grease of Edgies and our supporters to rebuild El Diseno and bring restoration to this place piece-by-piece.
Needless to say, we are devastated…but not hopeless.
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body…”
We’ve always believed that God strategically placed EDGE Project in the middle of Altea, Spain for a reason. The building, our center
point, our North Star if you will, our El Diseño has had a rough few years. God has given us this beautiful building, crawling up the sides of the ancient city wall and laden with history and meaning. Overlooking the city, it is a perfect location to pray over the city, put ourselves in direct contact with those wandering through the old city streets and has created a perfect place for our art exhibits and community gatherings. It’s been the heart of so much that we do.
As one Edgie, Jerod McLaughlin put it so poetically:
A three-story household halfway up the hill to the church overlooking the city, El Diseño was a rest stop for any traveler hiking their way up the long stairway winding through the city. Something shone about this building, as though its location was always visible to the sun. My restless soul found solace, and I felt like a guardian over it.