We’ve officially started our 100th year of ministry and are encountering exciting, new opportunities! Over the last 20 years, our programs have been reaching more kids and making a bigger impact in their lives. A growing ministry has also meant a growing facility. We’ve added 16 cabins, 109 acres, several renovations, and more! Through God’s provision and the hard work of many, we’ve made serious strides in improving what was already a special ministry.
Over the last 18 months, the staff and board of directors have been strategically thinking, praying, and listening about how God is leading us to improve our ministry for the future. One of several areas we feel very strongly about improving is our facilities. Our long-term plan was refreshed and reworked to move us forward in stewarding this resource so we can take advantage of opportunities to make an even greater impact. One of the greatest opportunities we have is for staff and leadership development using a special area known as the “office”.
Built in the 1920’s, the office was originally the care-taker’s house. Two additions in the 70’s and 80’s kept it serving as home and haven to many camp leaders. In the late 90’s it was re-purposed as the main office, and over the years, has become much more than an office. It’s where we welcome visitors, train our staff, develop young leaders, and care for campers. It’s also a safe place where we talk with hundreds of campers and staff about God’s truth and His love and concern for us in the midst of life’s difficulties. Some of the most significant ministry opportunities happen in the office, but those opportunities have big limitations because of issues with the facility. This leadership and training development area is the most frequently used building on camp, but the least suitable for the job. To address these problems and to create even richer opportunities to make an impact for Christ, we are embarking on the Looking Forward campaign—a plan to redesign and rebuild our current office into a new Ministry Hub. We’re excited to share the details with you because you are a real part of our ministry!
On March 14, 2019, at the Century Center, in South Bend, we will have a special dinner and presentation of the Looking Forward campaign. We are inviting everyone in attendance to join us in celebrating 100 years of ministry and helping us reach our goal for the Looking Forward Campaign.
Please review the information and begin praying about your involvement. I would be more than happy to chat if you have any questions! Thank you so much for being a part of this ministry!
David Mui, Executive Director
Keith Walatka, Board of Directors President