March to the Mansion: Ministry completes 'miracle' journey of purchasing Edmond property
EDMOND — Nine months ago, Kaylene Balzer and Lisa Clark led a series of prayer walks on property they hoped to claim for ministry.
They marched from Danforth Road south to the "Mansion on the Hill."
Recently, the duo marched again.
This time, they marched in victory, singing:
"Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from heaven above!"
Wearing colorful pastel hard hats and singing songs of praise, the two women and a large group of friends and supporters celebrated Beautiful Restoration's purchase of the property that includes the mansion, at 19000 Terra Place, and a "gatekeeper's house" at 19200 Terra Place. Balzer said the Christian ministry closed on the 16-acre property, often referred to as Terra Place, on March 1 for $1.3 million.
The March 23 ministry celebration capped off an unlikely series of events that Balzer and Clark consider miraculous.
"In June, we did a Jericho march around the property. We didn't even know who owned it," Balzer said. "There were times, when it looked like it wasn't going to happen. For us, it really is a miracle."
They have their reasons, including the fact that Beautiful Restoration was founded in Balzer's Edmond home just four years ago.
Kaylene Balzer said the ministry began when she and her husband, Bryan (another ministry co-founder), along with Clark, befriended a homeless woman named Sharee. Together, the three helped Sharee trade in a life riddled with drug and alcohol abuse for one of healing, peace and love through Christ. That led to other women joining the group to find hope, healing and restoration through prayer, Bible study and fellowship. Eventually, men began their own weekly gatherings under the ministry's umbrella, and Beautiful Restoration grew to its current size of about 20 small groups across the metro area.
Kaylene Balzer said the property purchase also is miraculous because the group didn't have much money — but they had a lot of faith. Enough to march around the property they sought, enough to raise enough money to put a down payment on the property in fall 2018, enough to close on the sale.
"Hallelujah! This is ours!" Balzer said during the recent celebration.
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Beautiful Restoration members responded to her enthusiasm by cheering and waving their hard hats as they walked around the picturesque property near the corner of Danforth Road and Western Avenue.
"It's still kind of mind-blowing to wrap your mind around all of it," said Sharee, who was on hand for the festivities.
Kim Hughes, of Norman, agreed.
"It's an amazing blessing to be a part of it," she said. "We've been praying for all of this but didn't really know the details. The announcement came, and we were like 'Whoa! Great!' "
Before the celebration kicked off, Balzer said Tracy Williams and Four Corners Homes extended the closing deadline several times to allow the ministry more time to raise funds for the closing.
She said now that the property belongs to the ministry, they plan to continue hosting meetings at the gatekeeper's house, which includes two prayer rooms, a Florida room for classes and a gathering space. She said there is also a proposal to put tiny homes on the property for women in need of housing. Balzer said the mansion will be used for activities that the ministry could host to help employ women in need of jobs. The colonial-style mansion has a history that includes being the former home of Oklahoma Gov. J. Howard Edmondson, and it is near the former resident of the parents of country music superstar Garth Brooks. Several famous people reportedly have stayed in the home at one time or another.
Balzer said activities on the property will be related to ministry and growing the kingdom of God.
Along those lines, Clark made a vow as she led the crowd in prayer.
"I declare it now — all 16.2 acres will be for His glory," she said. "There will never be anything that will not be for the glory of God."
To learn more
For more information about Beautiful Restoration, go to https://www.beautifulrestoration.org.