Since 2007 Extraordinary Life Sanctuary is a one-of-a-kind place to be refreshed and encouraged while walking through nature. In addition and to inspire you, we have encouraging Bible verses and art within the gardens.
Our garden has grown beautifully over the years and we hope to continue to provide a place that inspires and empowers all who walk through to grow in our understanding of the precious gift of life.
We believe our vision and mission will not only impact our communities for good, but truly transform them here and across our nation in an EXTRAORDINARY way!
A bridge needed to connect the two sides of the garden
Upgrade some of the walking paths to be wheelchair accessible
Sitting places for personal meditation
Large Rocks (some with Bible verses)
Donate an inspirational sign - lets talk!
Veterans corner and special acknowledgment corner for those who are currently serving
Annual Fundraiser: Your choice of one of my books: 'GOD-ORCHESTRATED', 'MASTERPIECE! Learning to Live Within My Giftedness' or 'Fear Nothing and LIVE the Extraordinary with GRACE!' Also offering some of the all-time favorite encouragement cards.
The Lord has blessed us beyond measure with almost 4 acres of beautiful land, and we want it to be a continual source of encouragement and blessing to others by creating a special place via a prayer garden. We began this journey in 2007, and it continues to GROW beautifully every year!
A little history about us: Shortly after we moved into our home in the winter of 2005, I remember walking around the land for the first time with my then 10-year-old son. We asked God to prosper this land and the surrounding land so that countless others would come and experience what we were experiencing; the breathtaking evidence of God at work through creation. We believe the more time we take to enjoy the gift of nature and all that God has artistically created within it, we'll become enabled to experience His profound love for each of us. When His love is experienced, we become motivated to live life to its fullest.
Every time we walked on our land, day or night, we'd see and enjoy the gift of wildlife and beauty that surrounded us. We prayed unceasingly for God's purpose and plan to be fulfilled and prosper the work He called us to do here (Ephesians 3:20).
In 2007, the idea of Extraordinary Life Ministry 'Because in Christ life is Extraordinary!' was birthed. Joel and Maria, with their children, traveled around the country speaking and teaching faith-building within the family.
In 2009 the Prayer Garden initiative took root by facilitating our first youth retreat. Since then, we have hosted countless Enrichment Days for women, and marriages have been our central focus.
In 2009, Maria discovered her gift in photography as they traveled, capturing nature's intricacies and combining them with inspirational Bible verses. To this day, she uses this gift to inspire and encourage others. Since her discovery, thousands of photos with Scripture have been given away to many, including missionaries, as a source of hope and empowerment.
In 2012, Maria's Gift launched online; at www.mariasgift.net, and in 2015 a storefront was established in Oak Creek, WI, to share GOOD NEWS, whiling supporting Extraordinary Life initiatives and continue this life-giving ministry.
In 2020, our 20/20 vision continued to take root; we opened a storefront in West Bend, WI called, Perfect Timing Gift Shop! 111 N. Main Street.
None of these endeavors have been easy, yet, as the years go by, the desire to see others come to know the love of God, profoundly increases our zeal, perseverance, and steadfastness to see it come to fruition, because we know this is God's work for us. Our list of goals is extensive (list) but doable with the Lord's energy and provision. We believe, we're still in the first phases of all that He will do. God calls us to be patient, not easy, but possible." "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
If you would like to support our vision and mission or would like more information, please contact us.
We believe God is faithful and will provide everything His children need to accomplish the desires He places within our hearts. (Psalm 37:4)