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January 2019

Saying “Yes”

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“Say yes,” was a piece of advice I received from a friend, and it was the one thing that made all the difference as I moved from Texas to Michigan and adjusted to life at Miracle Camp. When transitioning into a new place, say yes to dinner or game night invitations, yes to meeting new people, yes to uncomfortable situations – because eventually, it will be worth it.

Through a series of events and God’s timing, I discovered Miracle Camp online and the opportunity to be a Guest Services intern. My undergraduate degree is in Christian Ministry, and I had just completed my master’s degree in Professional Writing. I was interested in camping ministry, and after setting foot on campus for my internship interview, God made it abundantly clear that this was my next step. As I said yes to living in a new area and taking on a new role, I formed lasting friendships, made great memories, grew in my relationship with God, and much more.

Yes to the New

I was drawn to the different facets of camping ministry this internship provided, but I knew this experience would prove useful whether I ended up in camping ministry or a different field. Saying yes to this internship did not simply mean gaining a new job. It meant being open to the new direction God was taking me, learning what it means to be fully present in a place, no matter how temporary. Through encouragement from others, I decided to dig in to everything this opportunity held, even if the newness was uncomfortable.

Yes to the Challenges

One of the hardest, yet best, challenges in this internship was getting out of my comfort zone. Before this, I would not have imagined being able to run every position on the zipline, lead groups through initiatives, host guests, and write blog posts for Miracle Camp on a weekly basis. For my internship experience to be the most effective, it was critical to step outside my box of familiarity. Even when I was uncertain, I said yes to being open to learn from expertly trained staff, and through specific training, critiques, and learning experiences, I gained a confidence I previously lacked.

Yes to the Rewards

Various challenges and these new experiences have led to a multitude of rewards. You not only build an amazing community amongst the staff, but you form friendships and connect with guests. This internship equips you with skills to prepare you for the future. The staff took my education and experience into consideration, and they gave me projects that fit my interests and abilities while simultaneously challenging me.

Following this internship, I will begin working at a women’s ministry called Revive Our Hearts, using my knowledge of writing and hosting events, as well as a multitude of other skills I gained during my time at Miracle Camp.

I’m glad I said yes. “Yes” opened the doors for friendships, opportunities, fun, and a new career. “Yes” gave me a passion for the ministry of Miracle Camp and they will be a forever family for me. More than anything, I said yes to following God’s lead, and that is the best kind of “yes.”

Be sure to check back here in mid-late March to find out details for our 2019 intern program!

Micayla Greathouse grew up in Hays, KS and lived in the panhandle of Texas before moving to Michigan for the intern program in Spring 2018. She graduated in 2014 with her bachelor’s in Christian Ministry and completed her master’s in Professional Writing through Liberty University’s online program in April 2018. This spring she will join Revive Our Hearts, a women’s ministry located in nearby Niles, MI as a Publishing & Events Project Manager. She has a deep love for all things Michigan, donuts, sunrises, and road trips.

Summer Staff Applications!

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It’s hard to believe that while snow covers the ground and barren trees set the backdrop of the frozen lake, we are gearing up for Summer Camp 2019. As we prepare for the summer season, hiring Summer Staff members is a significant part of the process.

We are looking for college-age kingdom leaders who love discipling kids and are hungry to grow in their leadership ability. Whether or not you have any previous camp experience, a summer on staff at Miracle Camp will stretch you in your ability to communicate with others, work on a team, lead others, problem solve, and share the love of Jesus with others.

If this describes you, you would be a great fit for our summer staff team. Are you ready?

Each summer, we hire about 50 college students to teach God’s Word to kids in a variety of ways. As a Summer Staff member, you will build relationships with kids through doing activities together, leading devotion times, and having one on one conversations with each camper. Training at the beginning of the summer will not only equip you for a fruitful summer of ministry, but also will give you skills that transfer to any professional working environment.

Another benefit of serving in this capacity is the strong friendships you will form with your peers as you grow and serve together in community. While you invest in each camper’s life, you will also be challenged and grow spiritually as you are poured into by Miracle Camp full-time staff and your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Not only do you get to spend your summer hanging out with kids, seeing lives changed, and growing in the gospel, but you also get paid for this. In addition, your meals and lodging are all included for the summer. What are you waiting for?

Below is a list of positions we are looking to fill:

·        Cabin Leader

·        Hospitality

·        Lifeguard

·        Camp Store

·        Craft Shack

·        Photographer

·        Maintenance

·        Worship Team

·        Videographer

·        Program Staff

·        Health Assistant

·        Outdoor Adventure

The deadline to apply is February 1st, so be sure to get your application in today! To apply online or find out more information, click the button below! Are you ready to have the best summer of your life?

Band-Aids, Ice Packs, & Spiritual Growth

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Each summer the Miracle Camp team prays above all else for two things: physical safety and spiritual transformation. When triaging camper needs, keeping campers physically safe is first order. As a trusted and certified Youth Service Organization, the Miracle Camp staff strives to create a safety-first environment. This first priority allows the physical needs to not distract from the spiritual needs. In this way, we are excited to invite you to serve like Jesus, offering a cup of cold water to soothe physical needs.

Safety first is something you who are gifted and skilled in medical care are able to provide. While the seasonal staff strives to make growing in Christ fun for all ages, we also need you to come alongside and aide with basic camper health needs. Not only are we looking to provide outstanding, qualified nurses for the camp team, but we are offering an opportunity for you to participate in medical missions. Through this position, you get to actively invest in campers and our summer health office staff. While leading a team of seasonal staff, you will be the trusted hands to serve our campers with the support and credentialing of the Miracle Camp staff leading the way.

In 2018, Miracle Camp served 1900 summer campers between the ages of 8 – 18. Each year, campers who set foot here leave changed in some way. We get the opportunity to see God impact lives in amazing ways all summer. As a Health Officer here, you not only get a front row seat to the ways God works, but you can be a part of that impact.

When we prioritize the physical needs – taking care of homesickness, remedying loneliness, caring for bumps and scrapes – the spiritual needs can be met with full focus. Your expertise is crucial to keeping people from worrying about safety so they can hear the gospel. In caring for these students, you, too, are tangibly pointing them to Jesus at a point of critical need. In addition to the benefit of seeing hearts changed toward the gospel, you will also enjoy beautiful Bankson Lake, a private lodge room, dining services, and the opportunity to bring a spouse or a child along to enjoy down time.

Please consider partnering with us to make a week of summer camp the ‘best week ever’ for our campers in 2019. If you know of other friends of camp who may be interested, please feel free to share this post with them. Below are our 2019 Dates & Weeks available.

For more information and if you are interested in serving this summer, click the button below!

Summer 2019 Dates:

June 9-15 — Junior High 1

June 16-22 — Middle School 1

July 7-13 — Junior High 2

July 14-20 — Northwoods

July 21-27 — Senior High 2

July 28- Aug 3 — Grade School 1

July 28-31 — Grade School 2 — Note this is a half week

Aug 4-10 — Junior High/Middle School Combo