In 1985, Ken and Linda Helser purchased fifty-two acres of land in the heart of North Carolina that they named A Place for the Heart.  Since then, this land has facilitated numerous men’s and women’s retreats, youth camps, and discipleship schools such as the 18 Inch Journey.  Many of the original buildings on the land that once used to house farm equipment are now functioning as music, art and photography studios, as well as community living spaces.  We believe in using what we have and stewarding what the Lord has provided.  As a staff, we are continuing to dream into more renovations to help this land grow into an even more effective ministry.  All donations made to A Place for the Heart sow directly into the ministry and seeing people transformed by the love of God. 


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What would it look like if the world became a more wholehearted place—if the next generation was equipped for wholeness and empowered to walk out a sustainable relationship with Jesus?  This is our mission as the 18 Inch Journey: to see a generation empowered to live full, whole lives with the Trinity. We have fulfilled this mission for the last decade with schools, retreats, and camps for all ages. Over the past 5 years, our staff and schools have nearly doubled in size. Our vision for the 18 Inch Journey Campus Campaign is to develop our campus to support our growth as a ministry. Here you’ll find the first three goals of the 18 Inch Journey Campus Campaign. These goals represent our most immediate needs and will serve as the catalyst for fulfilling our long-term vision. We invite you to partner with us as we expand our campus and continue to grow the Kingdom of God.