It’s week 3 of our storytelling campaign, and we’re introducing Wade Slechter! Wade served as a youth pastor for 6.5 years and is now a Campus Life Director in Findlay, OH. Visit the Keeping Faith page to hear how Miracle Camp and Retreat Center has impacted Wade and see how memorizing Scripture changed the entire trajectory of his life!
We’re excited to introduce the first of many stories on our storytelling journey! Annette Walker is a high school student who encountered the love of her Creator at camp. Watch her video here or head over to our Keeping Faith page to read her full story!
Keep checking back each week for new stories to be posted.
Keeping Faith Campaign Launch
A few days ago, I sent out a letter so some people on our mailing list. I would love to make the text of that letter available to everyone. We are excited to announce the launch of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center’s 50th Anniversary. We are naming this year “Keeping Faith” and are collecting stories about life change on our website at miraclecamp.com/keepingfaith. Be sure to follow along in the next few months to hear stories of what God has done at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center!
OK, here is the text of that letter…
Dear Friends of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center,
This summer, my daughter, Brittney, and my son, Brady, experienced summer camp at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center (MCRC) for the very first time. You would think that kids who are raised at camp wouldn’t find it all that special to attend summer camp, but that was not the case. They loved it! But they didn’t love it because of swimming, or playing dodgeball or even because of the amazing food. They loved it because of their counselors, Lyndsey and Alex. Our staff is incredible and is the heartbeat of this place.
But what about my grandchildren? What will Brittney and Brady’s children experience someday?
This year we are celebrating 50 years of life change at MCRC. But while we will take time this year to look back at the past 50 years, our main focus will be “Keeping Faith” for the next 50 years so that someday my grandchildren will have the same experience that my children had this summer. Keeping Faith is a vision for the future. It is purposed to increase capacity, ensure safety, and steward the resources entrusted to us so that we can make the next 50 years of ministry here at camp as powerful as the last 50 years.
Did you know that last year, while almost 14,000 guests had life changing experiences at MCRC, nearly 4,000 had to be placed on a waiting list? Even worse, for some of the 4,000, we had to say “no” to them coming to camp at all. We never want to have to say “no” or “wait” to someone who wants to attend a camp or retreat. Why? Because we know God uses us to provide life changing experience to people who come here. This has happened in your life, in your family’s life, in my own life, and in Brittney and Brady’s life at MCRC.
That is why Keeping Faith is one of the most important things that will happen this year at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. And because it is so important, we hope you will be deeply involved in everything that has to do with Keeping Faith and our 50th Anniversary Celebration. I am asking that you keep your eyes open for more information about Keeping Faith. I am asking you to be a part of the events that will happen this year as a part of Keeping Faith and our 50th Anniversary. And, I am asking you to join us on this Keeping Faith journey. It is a spiritual journey where we will be asking God, “What do you want to do through me to help more people experience life change?”
On behalf of the staff at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center and on behalf of my children, Brittney and Brady, thank you for your faithful partnership with MCRC. While many things change at camp from year to year, your faithfulness has been a constant that has been used by God to see His impact in the lives of kids, youth and adults. For all you have done for camp, please know it has been used to make His life change happen.
On October 15, the Miracle Camp and Retreat Center (MCRC) Board of Trustees named Jason Coon as its Interim Executive Director effective November 1. Jason Coon replaced Dale Boone, who served MCRC as the Executive Director from June 1, 2010, through October 31, 2014.
Under Dale’s faithful leadership, MCRC observed an increase in guests who experienced life change for the glory of God. During his tenure, several new impactful programs were developed, the camp hired and trained new staff, and a number of young adults were discipled through the internship program.
MCRC continues to facilitate life change by helping people draw close to God through providing affordable quality, gracious hospitality, and creative programming. As MCRC moves towards its Jubilee Anniversary (50th Year) the MCRC Board of Trustees announces the search for an Executive Director who will continue the vision to build on the past with renewed focus and initiative for the next 50 years.
The Executive Director application and job description are available at www.miraclecamp.com/employment. The Executive Director Search Committee will receive applications and resumes through December 15, 2014. Please send all inquiries to email@example.com. The desire of the Search Committee is to have a recommendation for the MCRC Board of Trustees by February 15, 2015.
We are excited to be hosting our 2nd of two Michigan marriage retreats this year. More than 80 couples will have participated in these retreats, and it is exciting to see how God works in each marriage while couples are here.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend a retreat, we thought we would pass along a little advice for your marriage.
- Spend time together each day (watch less TV) – take 30 minutes to talk together, play a board game together, or take a walk together. It’s hard to make this happen at first, but you won’t regret it because over time you will crave that time together.
- Go on dates each week – It might be hard to accomplish this financially, but you could have a date night at home once the kids go to bed. Take some time to cook together and watch a movie together. Once again, it will be that time together that you need.
- Pray together and individually – pray about your marriage, pray for each other, pray for your work, and pray for your children. Every time you pray you grow closer to one another.
There is certainly much more marriage advice we could give, but these are 3 simple, doable areas that you can start implementing right away!
We hope we can see you at next year’s marriage retreat!
Have you ever heard of the “Five Solas”? Not many people have, but these are considered to be the five pillars of the reformation many many years ago. They are foundational to a Biblical faith and worldview.
- By scripture alone – this is the idea that the foundation of truth must rest on the Bible alone. The Bible is the ultimate authority of truth.
- By faith alone – True faith, repenting and turning to God, is the only way to salvation.
- By grace alone – Our salvation is not based on what we do or by keeping a list of rules, but rather the grace of God.
- Through Christ alone – Only faith in Christ enables God to save us by his grace.
- Glory to God alone – We shouldn’t worship a pastor, Bible figures, created things, or anything else other than God.
So where are your roots? Do you believe these five statements? More importantly…does your life reflect these statements?
We are looking forward to seeing campers’ lives change as they encounter these roots of our faith at youth group winter retreats in 2014!
Intentional conversations are an important part of our ministry at Miracle Camp. Summer camp is supposed to be a ton of fun and one of the best weeks of the summer every year, but camp is a whole lot more than just fun and games. We take discipleship very seriously at Miracle Camp and one of the primary ways we encourage discipleship throughout the summer is through camper-counselor one-on-ones.
One-on-ones are a favorite of both counselors and campers throughout the summer. Hanging out with the entire cabin is a great time, but both campers and counselors enjoy the opportunity to talk to each other on a deeper, more personal level. This gives campers and counselors a chance to spend some time together doing a fun activity like zip-lining or kayaking, and allows them to get to know each other much better.
We are excited to announce a new job opening at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. This is a new, full time position to our year round staff. The person hired will be our “Retreat Director” and will be responsible for organizing, leading, and staffing all year round retreats and events. To apply, send a resume and a personal philosophy of camping ministry firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug 1, 2013. Official documents are below.
Have you ever heard of Operation World? It’s a great book that highlights the prayer needs of each country in the entire world. If you want to help your kids have a heart for the world and evangelism, this is a great way to help them think with a global mindset. Buy a globe, find the country, look up pictures of the people and the landscape on your iPad and then spend time praying together as a family.
One of our prayers for every single retreat or summer camp we hold is that the world will be impacted by what happens. We love when we hear of people who are called into the ministry through the work of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. This happened at Man Camp in 2011 with the Master’s family.
Pick up your own copy of the book today and start praying around the world with your family!
We are about halfway through our Ice Camp youth group winter retreat season here in Michigan. So far around 70 students have accepted Christ! We are forecasting that there will be about 2,400 students and leaders in attendance over the 9 weekends of Ice Camps. Please continue to pray for lives to be changed as youth groups from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan come together through the remaining weekends.
Oh…and by the way…if you get a chance to try snow tubing behind a snowmobile you should. It’s a blast!!!