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Man Camp Starts TODAY!

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Today marks the beginning of our 2018 Man Camp Season! We are pumped for the hundreds of men to be here and enjoy a great weekend together.

This weekend we will have just over 100 men attend our first Man Camp. With March Madness just starting, we are looking forward to lots of basketball, incredible food, and watching our favorite teams play. The weather this weekend is also looking great so we hope to make good use of our zipline, high ropes, trap shooting range, and our huge man grill.

The thing we are looking forward to the most, though, is hearing the Good News of Jesus preached. We would love to have you join us in prayer for this weekend and that God will work in the hearts of these men.

The Generator is Up and Running!

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Last year, as part of the Keeping Faith Campaign, we were able to purchase a generator that will power the Chapel, Evergreen, and the Lodge (including the Dining Hall) in case of a power outage. We are excited to share with you that this generator is now completely hooked up and up and running!

We want to say THANK YOU for all of your support towards the Keeping Faith campaign. The generator is a huge addition to camp because, not only will it keep lights on when the power goes out, but it will also eliminate any potential distractions during power outages during chapel sessions and while guests are on campus. One of the most important roles the generator will play, though, is supplying power to our dining hall and the large refrigerators and freezers we have on campus. On any given weekend, we could have thousands of dollars worth of food in our kitchen. With the generator, we now won’t have to worry about having to throw out food due to the power being out.

We appreciate your support in helping us continue to improve Camp’s resources. We are very excited with what the future of Miracle Camp looks like and would love to have you partner with us in our mission to glorify God and share the Good News of Jesus with more and more people every year. If you would like more information on the Keeping Faith Campaign, or if you would like to help support us with a financial gift, visit www.miraclecamp.com/keepingfaith/!

Check Out the Topics for this Year’s Man Camps!!

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Our first Man Camp will be here in just two weeks!! We are looking forward to four incredible weekends, with hundreds of men, and seeing how God works in their lives. Here are the topics our speakers for the year will be teaching on:

Man Camp 1 – Dan Busse

Dan will be focusing on raising the bar on our faith, expectations, and outcome in life. He will be asking the question, “We are living, but have we found life?” In Dan’s first talk, on Friday night, the topic will be “What Matters Most?”. He will be diving into Luke 6 to look at three key questions to help us discover God’s plan. Saturday morning’s topic, “Who Am I?”, will look at our identity and what God has for us through passages in Ephesians. The third message, titled “Fear to Focus”, will come from John 5 and will challenge us to shift our focus and think about how fear keeps us from embracing the life God has for us. Our final session, on Sunday morning, will be centered around Colossians 3 and 4 to look at legacy and the need for community.

Man Camp 2 – Rich Ratts

Rich Ratts will be focusing on the theme of Acting Like Men. The sessions for this weekend will be centered around a couple key verses: 1 Corinthians 16:13 (“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.”), Nehemiah 4:14 (“After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, ‘Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.’”), and Luke 2:52 (“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”). Each message will encourage guys to “act like men” according to the four domains mentioned in the life and growth of Jesus as recorded in the passage from Luke. Session one will focus on growing in wisdom (intellect), session two on growing in stature (physicality), session three on growing in favor with God (spirituality), and the final session on growing in favor with men (relationally).

Man Camp 3 – Tom Harmon

For our third Man Camp, Tom Harmon is back as our speaker! The chapel sessions will be centered around the book of Daniel. In the first session, Tom will talk about “Daniel’s Moment in Time” by looking at the first couple verses of the first chapter. Saturday morning will focus on “The Making of a Man” through Daniel 1:3-9. That evening, we will dive into Daniel 2:44-45 to take a closer look at Daniel’s message. In our final session, Tom’s topic will be “The Making of a Prophet” based out of Daniel 6.

Man Camp 4 – Nate Hamblin

Nate’s main theme for this weekend is Man Prayers: Exploring simple, gospel-centered prayers that invite Christ to form and shape His life in our everyday lives. Nate will kick off the weekend in Luke 1:26-38 by looking at what God desires to do IN & THROUGH us. The next morning’s session will look at 1 Kings 3:1-15. In this message, Nate will talk about our desperate need for the wisdom of Christ to rule in our hearts. On Saturday night, Nate will look at Mark 9:14-29 and about how we are all equal in our need for Christ’s grace to daily overcome our unbelief. The last session will be based on the passage from 2 Kings 6:8-23, centered on praying that the Lord will open our eyes that we may see.

If you would like more information on what goes on at Man Camp, more about the speakers, or have any questions, visit our website at www.miraclecamp.com/mancamp!

Summer Camp is Coming!

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It might still be February but this warmer weather is showing us that summer is right around the corner! In less than 100 days, our Summer Staff will be getting ready for our first week of campers!

Summer Camp is one of our favorite times of the year. We love seeing campers experience things they can’t do at home like blobbing out on the lake, riding the zip line, and meeting lots of new friends from all over the Midwest! Our large group games, like Gold Rush, Atomic Domination, and Hunger Games are always a blast and give campers a chance to have fun and play games with hundreds of other kids at a time. Archery, paintball, the Climbing Wall, and the craft shack are just a few more of the incredible activities we offer here at camp.

More than all the fun and games, though, we love Summer Camp because we get to see these kids spend a whole week learning more about who Jesus is and their need for Him through chapel sessions, cabin devotions, and one-on-ones that each camper gets with their counselor. Our entire mission is built around facilitating life change by helping people grow closer to God. All of the hard and exhausting work that our staff puts in to each week of the summer is worth seeing kids grow in their relationship with the Lord.

If you would like more information on Summer Camp, or if you would like to register, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summercamp!

Update on the Keeping Faith Campaign!

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The Keeping Faith Campaign began, and continues to be, a vision for ministry here at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. It celebrates how faithful God has been over the past 50 years of ministry, while also looking ahead to the next 50 years and beyond. This campaign has focused on three opportunities to continue sharing Christ with more and more people every year: ensuring safety, adding capacity, and being good stewards.

Ensuring Safety: Safety is our number one priority. Whether guests are at the waterfront or going down the zip line, we make sure they are secure with safe equipment and trained staff. One of the additions to camp that we have been most excited for through the Keeping Faith Campaign is the addition of the tunnel, which has allowed hundreds of kids, families, and guests to cross the road safely. We have been so grateful that we were able to begin the Keeping Faith Campaign with the addition of the tunnel and continue to provide a safe place for those who are on our campus.

Adding Capacity: Each year, we have to turn guests away due to lack of space. We want to be able serve as many people as possible and not have to turn anyone away who desires to experience life-change. The Evergreen Project is one of the ways that we are looking to increase the number of guests we can have on campus. As you may have seen, we are thrilled by all of your support to completely fund the Evergreen Project. We are already under way with this renovation and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring so construction can continue!

Being Stewards: We believe in excellence here at Miracle Camp. This does not always mean building new facilities every year. It can also mean taking responsibility to care for and improve the facilities we already have and, therefore, being good stewards of the many things God has blessed us with. This is one place that we are excited to be heading in the future. Throughout the next few years, we are hoping to update and remodel many of the buildings and facilities we have around campus. We desire to pour into and care for the guests that come to camp and we want nothing to distract from their experience here. With your support we can continue to improve camp and be good stewards of the resources the Lord has blessed us with.

THANK YOU!

Again, we want to thank you for all of your support of camp throughout the Keeping Faith Campaign so far. We look forward to your continued prayers and financial support as we look ahead to the future of Miracle Camp!

Want To Get Involved?

We would be thrilled to have you join us in our mission to serve the local church and see the message of Jesus preached to thousands every year! We would love you to prayerfully consider supporting camp with a financial gift and prayer. If you would like to donate to the Keeping Faith Campaign, click here!

Man Camp is Almost Here!

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The first Man Camp of the 2018 season is not far away! As always, we are so excited for Man Camp and the coming of the warmer weather, amazing food, March Madness, and to see hundreds of men praising the Lord. We are also looking forward to the four men coming to speak at Man Camps this year. Get to know the speakers a little better:

Man Camp 1

Dan Busse: I have been in ministry since 1996, a grad of Dallas Seminary, and am now currently getting another masters degree from Liberty Seminary in missional involvement and evangelism. More importantly I am married to an amazing woman and dad of 4 incredible kids.I do not claim to have all the answers, but I do want to see the church be all it can be. Jesus gave His life for the church, we are to show Him off. Frankly, in America, the church as we see it has failed. Not because of Jesus but because of us. So as leaders we have a choice. Do we lead by listening to Jesus and being courageous enough to take the shots, or do we simply do what others want and continue the downward trend?

Man Camp 2

Rich Ratts: Rich Ratts is passionate about helping people to connect with God and then connect their faith in Him to their everyday life. Rich believes that we have been called to make a life, not just make a living! He has spent the past 31 years serving as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, Student Pastor, Worship Leader, and as a Church Planter & Church Planting Missionary. Rich has worked with ministries in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Montana. Currently Rich serves as Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church in Monticello, Illinois. Born in Decatur, IL, Rich grew up in Vandalia, IL. He has been married to Nancy for 31 years. They have five children: Nate, Josh, Josiah, Mercy, & Caleb.

Man Camp 3

Tom Harmon: My name is Tom Harmon, my loving wife Joyce and I have been married for forty-five years. We have four children, and they are all are married. All our children love the Lord and we thank God for His gracious hand upon us. I grew up in a Christian home and trusted Christ at an early age. I regret to say that most of the early years of my journey I did not walk in the ways of the Lord. In High School I enjoyed football, basketball and track. Upon graduation from High School I attended Northern Michigan University on a four year full ride athletic scholarship. I played four years of college football, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree. In 1973 I graduated from the Michigan State Police Academy and was a trooper for eleven years. In 1984 I sensed God’s call on my life to preach and resigned from the department. I pastored a small church north of Lansing for four years and have been a full time itinerant preacher speaking in churches, camps, and Bible conferences for the past twenty-five years. My life’s verse is Philippians 3:10.

Man Camp 4

Nate Hamblin: Nate serves as the co-pastor of Neighborhood Church, a two-year old church plant in Adrian, Michigan. Prior to moving to Adrian, he served in a variety of pastoral roles at Crossroads Evangelical Church in Wauseon Ohio for 11 years.  He’s passionate about coaching people in the everyday truths of life in Christ. Personally, Nate considers himself a proud member of the “I married way above myself” club. He and Amanda have been married 15 years and have two young sons—Eli & Oliver. He enjoys the simple adventures of life—family time, food, yard work, laughter and watching college football (Go Blue!).

In addition to these speakers, we are excited to offer so many awesome activities, including, but not limited to:

Zipline
Archery
Man Lounge
Trap Shooting ($6 for 12 shots)
Steak Cook-Out
Dodgeball
Climbing Wall
High Ropes
Paintball ($6 for 2 rounds)
Bacon
Coffee Shop
and much more!
If you would like more information on Man Camp, including pricing, dates, the work day, or what to bring, or to register, head to our website at www.miraclecamp.com/mancamp!

Apply to Camp Aide This Summer!

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The Camp Aide program here at Miracle Camp is designed to give high school students an opportunity to serve alongside the summer staff at camp. It is an intense two week discipleship program that gives students a chance to work with kids, help out around camp, and learn more about their relationship with God.

Each year we are excited to challenge our Camp Aides and help them grow through serving the kids that are here. These students will work on many different projects here around camp and will have the experience of seeing what goes on behind the scenes during the summer. Camp Aides will be able to learn from the counselors they work with and will be able to spend time being mentored by our Camp Aide Directors. We desire to see these high schoolers grow in their relationship with God and give students time in the Word every day through personal devotions, worship, teaching times, and small groups. Camp Aides get to experience an incredibly fun two weeks as they have the joy of hanging out with kids, with each other, and with the summer staff!

We offer 3 two-week sessions of our Camp Aide program.  If you are interested in one of these sessions please apply online and that will get the process started. Applications are due by March 15th to guarantee consideration for a spot this summer. Applications may be accepted beyond this date; however, positions may be filled after that time. For more information on the Camp Aide program, or to apply, head to www.miraclecamp.com/campaide!

Evergreen Update: $300,000 Match Reached!

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We are excited to announce that we have officially reached our $300,000 matching goal on the Evergreen Project! Thank you for your help in funding this project, which will allow us to serve more guests for Summer Camp, Man Camp, Women’s Retreat, Ice Camp, and Marriage Retreat. The addition of the 4,000 square foot meeting space will also provide the opportunity to host at least 10 more guest groups every year.

Construction on the Evergreen Project is already underway! We are anxiously waiting for weather to improve, so construction on the foundation can continue!

We want to say THANK YOU for all of your support of the Evergreen Project and the Keeping Faith campaign. Because of your help, we have been able to completely fund the Evergreen Project and serve our guests to the best of our ability every year. We love seeing more and more people come through our doors and hear the message of Christ preached. It is because of your generosity the Miracle Camp exists and can serve the local Church!

The Job That Changes Lives.

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I still remember the first time I got the call telling me I was going to be a counselor at Miracle Camp.  Sitting in my dorm lobby at college, playing a game with some friends, I stepped out to answer the phone.  When I came back, I was beaming.  I couldn’t wait to tell all my college friends how excited I was.  Being primarily from the East Coast, none of them knew Camp, so they didn’t quite get it.  But it didn’t matter.  I was ecstatic.  And it was only the beginning.

Looking back at the three summers I spent on summer staff, I couldn’t be more thankful for my experiences.  God used each moment at camp to teach me, grow me, and mold me more into His image.  During my first summer as a counselor, God taught me about his provision.  He showed me time and time again that my own strength, love, spiritual insight, or sleep schedule didn’t have to be enough – as they almost never were!  Each day brought new challenges, and in each new challenge, God showed me another way He is all-sufficient.  I would encourage anyone who wants to see God break down walls and change lives to spend even one day at camp.  You can’t miss it.

After my first summer, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to go back.  I wanted to more than anything, but as an engineering student, I was facing certain expectations for internships and research experiences – especially with my goal of pursing a graduate degree.  That, along with family circumstances, kept me at home the next summer.  But if I learned anything in my first summer, it was that God is not limited by something like internship requirements.  Looking back, I can clearly see the path the Lord laid out before me.  In His timing, internships happened, research opportunities arose at school, and I was able to meet all of my requirements, and still have not one, but two more opportunities to serve at Miracle Camp for the summer.  God was teaching me to rely on Him even in the process of getting back to camp.

My next two summers were spent in leadership roles, and God used the opportunity to teach me something very different.  As a leader, God gave me a chance to pour into the lives of other staff members and provide the same mentoring that had such an impact on me my first summer.  God also used this time to challenge me to seek nothing before Him and help others do the same.  Because God called me back to camp, I was able to share with kids and staff about His goodness as I walked with my family though some dark valleys.  Praise God for His faithfulness and grand design.  I am encouraged whenever I look back and see how obvious His hands are in every experience I have had at Camp.

Working at Miracle Camp has left me forever changed.  God used my time serving on staff to challenge me, to provide the spiritual nourishment I needed most, and provide me with lifelong mentors and friends, and I couldn’t be more thankful.  Looking back, it’s easy to forget all of the frustrating moments, the annoying bug bites, and the late nights.  What stick out most are all the moments when God did far more than all I could ask or imagine.  And those make all the difference.

If you would like more information on working on summer staff, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summeremployment!

The Best Summer Job. Ever.

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If someone had told me I would be working at Miracle Camp last summer, I would not have believed them. At the beginning of last year, I asked God to break the fears that have held me down for so long and to be able to share it with others. Little did I know that God had a plan in place for me to work at Miracle Camp all along. Miracle Camp encompassed a large majority of the fears that bound me from following the Lord unabandoned. I decided, after much apprehension, to apply. The hardest part, after submitting the application, was waiting and trusting God. I was continually in prayer trying to trust God and believe that Miracle Camp was part of His greater plan. In late March, after hearing a powerful message from Sadie Robertson on anxiety and fear, I received a phone call that I would be an assistant counselor that summer.I felt reassurance and peace knowing that He had it covered all along. He was saying to me “Look, Natalie, I had it planned out the whole time.” I doubted what His plan could be when the almighty and powerful Savior, who made the Heavens and the Earth, was plenty capable of creating a plan for my summer.

Last summer God worked in my life in many ways. Whether it involved myself or others, He powerfully worked each and every day. Personally, He helped me break down and overcome the fears that I have been battling my whole life. Only through Jesus has He given me confidence and reassurance to know that I can fully give this battle to Him. As an introvert, He has comforted me in talking to people that I would easily let walk by without saying a word. I am able to greet and brighten other people’s day because I know I have the Holy Spirit speaking through me. I do not know about you, but knowing that I have the Holy Spirit to turn to gives me the power to talk to anyone and everyone. I have built many relationships that I cannot even fathom and I’m amazed each day that the Holy Spirit is working and speaking through me.

God has changed me in many ways and I am happy for every single one of them. even though they are painful. He has taught me what it means to have patience by listening to others and waiting. He taught me how to love others even when I want to put myself first. I need to give back to others instead of fulfilling my needs before I consider theirs’. While I have learned all these lessons, I am not perfect and am still working and growing in each of them. I am still a piece of God’s handiwork and cannot wait to see how God will work in my life for His glory.

If you would like more information, or would like to apply for summer staff, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summeremployment!