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We’re Only $36,000 Away!!

By | Keeping Faith, MC Squared, MC Squared: Church Leaders, MC Squared: Parents, MC Squared: Retreat Organizers | No Comments

Thanks to your help and support, we are only $36,000 away from meeting our $300,000 match for the Evergreen Project! Starting last year, a donor came to us with this matching opportunity to completely fund the Evergreen Project. We are blown away by the generosity and selflessness of all who have helped but we still need your help to completely fund this renovation. Any gift, big or small, is appreciated!

As we look to continue to improve camp, our guests are always on the front of our minds. Our goal throughout this whole campaign is to increase capacity so more people can hear the message of Jesus Christ, improve the safety of our guests, and focus on stewardship towards the local church.

We again want to thank you for your prayers and support. Without you none of this would be possible!

If you would like more information on the Evergreen Project, or if you would like to give, visit www.miraclecamp.com/the-evergreen-project/!

PRICE FREEZE for 2018!

By | MC Squared, Updates | No Comments

Because of your continued support and generosity, we are able to freeze the 2018 prices for all programmed events! This means that the prices for the 2017 programmed events will be the same in 2018!

We want to see as many guests come to camp to hear the message of Jesus Christ as possible and this price freeze is just one of the ways we are trying to provide more opportunities for guests to be able to come.

For more information on any of our events, visit www.miraclecamp.com!

FREE Pastor’s Retreat is almost here!

By | MC Squared, MC Squared: Church Leaders, MC Squared: Retreat Organizers, Pastors Retreat | No Comments

In just a couple weeks, we will be hosting a completely free retreat for all pastors! That’s right, this retreat is completely FREE! We will be providing all lodging, meals, activities, and sessions. The only thing you will have to take care of is getting up here! These short, midweek retreat will be a chance for any and all pastors to come and relax, connect with others in ministry during some roundtable discussions, and to grow personally and professionally.

This year we are excited to have Mike Drury come and speak during this retreat. Mike is the lead pastor from Pine Hills Church and has been serving at Pine Hills since 2006.

This Pastor’s Retreat will be October 9 – 11, right about the time that the leaves begin changing color and the weather here in Southwest Michigan is perfect. If you are a pastor, or you know a pastor, that could use a relaxing getaway to recharge and spend time connecting with other pastors, this is the retreat for you! For more information you visit www.miraclecamp.com/pastorsretreat!

IT’S OFFICIAL! Construction on the Evergreen Project has begun!

By | Giving, Keeping Faith, MC Squared | No Comments

We are so excited to announce that we have broken ground and are starting construction on the Evergreen Project! Our team has been working hard to prepare for this expansion on the current Evergreen building and we are thrilled to begin this renovation!

None of this could have been possible without your continued prayers and support. We want to thank all of you for your generosity and partnering with us as we pursue making camp better and allowing more guests to come and hear the Good News of Jesus Christ preached.

We are also only $36,000 away from our $300,000 matching opportunity! Every dollar donated throughout this year, up to $300,000, will be matched by one of our generous donors. Any donations beyond the $300,000 match will go toward our Keeping Faith Campaign and will allow us to continue to increase capacity, improve safety, and continue to focus on stewardship as we look to pouring back into our guests.

If you are interested in donating, or learning more about the Evergreen Project, head to www.miraclecamp.com/the-evergreen-project/!

Father / Son Retreat is Almost Here!

By | Father/Son Retreat, MC Squared | No Comments

Fall is quickly approaching which means our fall retreats are getting closer and closer! We are always excited to see parents and their kids connect and talk about Jesus while they are here at camp and our Father / Son Retreat is just one of the ways that we are able to serve families from Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and all over the Midwest. This weekend consists of lots of fun activities such as zipline, archery, BB guns, fishing, and putt putt golf as well four chapel sessions!

This year, our Father / Son Retreat will be October 20 – 22. If you would like more information, or if you would like to register, visit www.miraclecamp.com/fatherson!

Mother/Daughter Retreat is Only 3 Weeks Away!

By | MC Squared, Mother/Daughter Retreat | No Comments

Our annual Mother / Daughter Retreat is quickly approaching and we are so excited to offer many new things as well as a lot of your favorites to the retreat this year! One part of Mother / Daughter Retreat that we are particularly excited about is the crafts we will have this year! Here are some of the crafts that you as moms and daughters can do together this year:

DIY Canvas Journal – Work together to create a personalized spiral journal for 2!!
Wood Round Plaque – Using chalkboard paint, you can make a unique craft that you can use on all kinds of occasions!
Handprint Frame – Moms and daughters can make a beautiful painting of your daughter’s handprint inside your own that you will remember for years to come.
Mother / Daughter Canvas – Work as a team to create two (or three, if Grandma comes) canvas creations that come together to make one amazing masterpiece.

All of these crafts are available for no additional cost during this weekend! If you would like more information on this year’s Mother / Daughter Retreat, or if you would like to register, visit www.miraclecamp.com.

Senior High 1: Izzy and Zoey

By | MC Squared, Summer Camp | No Comments

One thing we love at here Miracle Camp is seeing the way God impacts the lives of campers. Every person has such a unique story to tell, and this is no different when it comes to Izzy and Zoey.

Having come from a rough background, Izzy and Zoey accepted Christ two years ago through attending a kids club in their neighborhood Bible study. They have been coming to Miracle Camp as campers ever since then, as their grandpa was one of the founders of camp.Last year’s camp experience is one that Izzy and Zoey will always remember. While having personal devotional time, the girls were able to share their testimonies with another girl in their cabin who had the same type of story. Zoey and Izzy’s testimony tells a beautiful story of how the girls came to realize this truth: fullness of life only comes from God and is far better than the emptiness that comes from trying to face life alone.

During Senior High 1 chapel sessions, our speaker Jesse Kahler walked campers through different methods to study the Bible. As Zoey and Izzy go back home after camp, they have the desire to develop a more routine devotional time. “We don’t just want to limit our devos, but spend as much time as we can be studying Scripture,” Izzy and Zoey agree.

Zoey explained that camp has taught her how to worship God and be in community with other believers. “I love how different we all are and how no matter where we are from, we all worship the same God and can worship together,” Izzy added.

Please join us as we continue to pray for Izzy and Zoey’s growth in the knowledge of God’s faithfulness in their lives.

Bekah’s Story

By | MC Squared, Summer Camp | No Comments

Meet Bekah Hayes, a bubbly 10 year old girl from the Midwest. Bekah became a Christian when she was 7 years old through a conversation with her parents. She enjoys swimming, art, and spending quality time with her family. 

This past week was Bekah’s first time being a camper here at Miracle Camp, and she loved every part of it! While on a one-on-one with her counselor Ellie, Bekah expressed that she desires to get baptized when she goes back home. This decision was influenced by the chapel sessions that are held each day at camp. “Chapel has really helped me to understand more about Jesus and who He is,” she explained, “Jesus wants us to love Him, and that’s because He loves us with all of His heart.” To Bekah, getting baptized means publicly declaring to the world that she has trusted God with all of her heart.

Along with getting baptized, Bekah looks forward to reading her Bible more in-depth. Camp’s daily devotional times have helped shape her interest in reading the Bible further.

Please join us in praying for Bekah as she prepares to get baptized at her church surrounded by the support of her family and friends. And keep praying that God would continue to work in the hearts of more campers at Miracle Camp this summer.

Family Camp: This Year’s Speakers!

By | Family Camp, MC Squared | No Comments

Our first Family Camp of the year is in almost one month! We are so excited for the many families that will be here this year and the lots of fun and bonding that will happen! Here are the speakers that will be here for family camp this year!

Jonathan Farrell ~ 4th of July Family Camp ~ July 1-4
Jonathan grew up in Northern Kentucky and met his wife Jaime at Cedarville University. After graduating and getting married in 2003, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky where Jonathan continued his education at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After completing his Master’s work, Jonathan came on staff at Grace Church in Morton, Illinois in January 2007 as a pastoral intern and became pastor of outreach and discipleship in January 2008. Jonathan and Jaime have three daughters and one son. Jonathan is passionate about connecting people to Christ and to the loving family at Grace Church. When not catching up on yard work, Jonathan enjoys playing basketball, keeping up with his Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, and playing card and board games with his bride.

Jeff & Challis Bower ~ Labor Day Family Camp ~ Sept. 1-4
Jeff and Challis Bower celebrated 20 years of marriage this past June, as well as 20 years of full-time ministry service.  They have four children age 17, 16, 14, and 12, and have been active foster parents for the past three years.  The Bowers love to travel with their kids and experience life in other places.  They know there are no perfect families and no perfect formulas for raising kids, but by God’s grace each home can be a safe place and a lighthouse for truth.  Jeff serves as the teaching pastor for Highland Gospel Community in Fort Wayne, IN and holds a B.S. in Religion and an M.A. in Classical Studies from Knox Seminary; Challis formerly taught Art and holds her B.A. in Art Education.

For more information on our family camps, head to www.miraclecamp.com/familycamp!

 

Things You Can Do at Camp That You Can’t Do at Home: Cabin Unity!

By | MC Squared, Summer Camp | No Comments

A big part of what makes camp so awesome is making new friends and spending time doing awesome things with your cabinmates. Cabins will do games together, go to chapel and do devotions together, and do so many other fun activities together. Each cabin will consist of about 10 campers and will be led by a counselor and assistant counselor who are college students that love challenging and hanging out with the kids who come for the summer. It’s amazing to see campers come away from the weekend with long lasting, genuine friendships with people from all over the midwest.

For more information on what summer camp looks like, or to register for camp this year, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summercamp!