Jonathan David & Melissa Helser

support the 18 inch journey campus campaign

Over the past five years, the 18 Inch Journey staff and schools have nearly doubled in size.  The vision for the Campus Campaign is to develop the campus at A Place for the Heart to support our growth as a ministry.  Thanks to supporters who gave in 2017 and 2018, we raised over 170,000K to build the 18 Inch Journey classroom and a third cabin, which completed Goals 1 and 2 of the Campus Campaign.


GOAL 3 : Cabin


FUNDS NEEDED: $150,000

The third goal of the Campus Campaign is to build a cabin that can accommodate staff and students.  As the 18 Inch Journey continues to grow, we desire to have more beds to accept more students. The Cabin will feature two private bedrooms and a communal living space and kitchen. 

All Donations are Tax Deductible


about our ministry

For over a decade, Jonathan, Melissa and our Cageless Birds staff have hosted the 18 Inch Journey, a discipleship school that is devoted to the process of living a wholehearted, Holy Spirit-empowered life. Our desire is to impart what it means to move beyond head knowledge about God into truly experiencing the fullness of Jesus in daily life. The 18 Inch Journey has also expanded into retreats and camps hosted on the land for all age groups. Every financial gift that you sow in to our ministry goes to support the mission of the 18 Inch Journey.


General Fund

Donations given to the general fund will be used to support the ministry and fund our everyday expenses. Click the link above to give online, or send in your donation by check to the address below.

Make checks out to :
A Place for the Heart
4228 Beckerdite Road
Sophia, NC 27350

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Learn more about our school through these podcasts

Listen to the History and Heart of the 18 Inch Journey from Founders Jonathan David and Melissa Helser. Cageless Birds Art Director, Justina Stevens, sits down with Jonathan and Melissa to talk about the rich history of this unique school.

images from the 18 Inch Journey school