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RELEASE: Annual Ministry Report

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God’s Continued Faithfulness

I once heard it said that there are two ways to study history: as a scholar or as a soldier. Scholars look at what people used to do, while soldiers see what remains to be done. Those who are scholars study history to gain information or knowledge; those who are soldiers study it for the sake of mission.

I have come to the conclusion that, as Christians, our job is to approach life as both a scholar and a soldier. We praise God for His past faithfulness while allowing the knowledge of His faithfulness to drive us as we take part in the most important mission in the history of the world.

This directive is derived from Acts 1 and Matthew 28.

In Acts 1 the author says he recorded for us “all that Jesus began to do and to teach.”

The keywords here are “do” and “teach”, referring to Jesus’ works and his words. In the book of Luke, Jesus fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, played with children and showed kindness and compassion to the less fortunate. But he also said, “I am God,” “I am Savior,” “I am Creator,” “I am the Judge of the living and the dead,” and “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by me.” At Miracle Camp, we work to be very unapologetic about Jesus, preaching what Jesus said and did, and preaching the Truths found in scripture.

Matthew 28 speaks to the resurrection and validates, proves, and upholds the life and ministry of Jesus.

In this chapter Jesus takes it one step further and tells His disciples to go make disciples. They are given the authority to lead the church, and here, in His last words, Jesus confirms His Kingship and tells the leaders of the Church to begin the work of the great commission, and to do this work on His behalf. He is giving them authority and power to accomplish the spiritual work.

It is worth noting that this authority does not give His disciples the power to take land with the sword. The authority he provided is much more complicated. It is to go into the world and connect to people’s hearts so that people are prepared to listen to Jesus; that they would be moved from the inside out.

Those two points sum up everything we do.

Our hope and prayer is that our camp and retreat programs and our facilities are not for our benefit.

They are built to assist the local church to do the work of the local church. We first want to help the local church accomplish its goals and disciple its people. We want to help the ministry of the local church bond its people together around Jesus. Our prayer is that our facilities are utilized to develop relationships and facilitate discipleship so that, as Iron sharpens Iron, individuals in the local church can live life together and spur each other on in love.

As I look back at this year, the thing that sticks out to me the most is how faithful God has been. He has provided staff when we were short handed. He provided financially and organizationally – unifying the staff to implement a contingency fund, restructuring of the organization, updated policy to meet today’s changing world, and developed a healthy, conservative budget to bring camp back to a solid financial position. Most importantly, God has provided his Spirit. We continually hear stories of His faithfulness; individuals crossing the line of faith, families being strengthened, individuals recommitting their lives to Christ, and marriages being transformed.

He has provided Miracle Camp with guests. Throughout the entire year, we served a total of 13,188 people, representing 32,906 camper days. Of those people served, 6,652 were from Miracle Camp’s programmed events and 6,536 were from guest groups programming their own events. We praise God for His continued faithfulness; not just in growing numbers, but in continuing to change the lives of each person who attends Miracle Camp.

This year (2015 and 2016) we served the following numbers of people in our main programs:

The highlight of this past year was our 50th Anniversary. Throughout the past 50 years, there have been countless staff members, donors, and volunteers who have made Miracle Camp what it is today. Miracle Camp’s impact was not the result of one person, but the result of many many people working together. We are, first and foremost, your camp.

Our 50th birthday party also kicked off a capital improvement project. This campaign is geared toward increasing capacity, safety, flexibility for the events held on our campus. The campaign also intends to create reserves that will allow us to maintain the beauty and facilities we have been entrusted with. This includes items like building staff housing (so we have staff available to better serve our guests), adding a number of new meeting spaces, updating and fixing the gym, remodeling and/or rebuilding a number of the the cabins, beautifying our campus, and purchasing additional land for our programed events.

We recently finished a tunnel project to provide safety for campers crossing 80th Avenue during their camp weeks. This project was designed, built, and managed entirely by volunteers! Again, God has provided. We are also working toward building a new meeting space and renovating Evergreen this fall. This project will allow us to host more groups and better serve the groups we are given the opportunity to host.

If you haven’t already seen the stories of Keeping Faith, be sure to visit our website at miraclecamp.com/keepingfaith. It is incredible to hear the stories of how God has used Miracle Camp through the years.

Finally, below is a summary of our 2016 financial report. We are always striving to be good stewards of what God has given us and what you pay for fees to attend events.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Respectfully submitted,

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Jonathan L. Hyde, Executive Director

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What Makes Miracle Camp Unique?

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Sometime, when people are considering multiple camp options they will ask us a question like “what makes you unique?” or “how are you different from other camps?”.

For us that is a very difficult question to answer. For one, we really appreciate the work that is done by all the Christian summer camps in the Christian Camp and Conference Association. We are all trying to accomplish the same purposes and to say we are unique, sometimes sounds like we think we’re better than others…and we don’t think we are. But another reason is that there isn’t necessarily one thing that makes Miracle Camp unique.

Rather, it’s a combination of things that makes us unique.

We think that the most unique thing about us isn’t a thing at all…but rather an atmosphere that’s created by four strategies that we employ as we create each event and train our staff. We think of it kind of like a recipe. There are many recipes to make chocolate chip cookies, but my wife’s chocolate chip cookies are unique and, for me, are the perfect combination. We think that our “recipe” of how to do camps and retreats is kind of like that.

Gracious Hospitality

We believe that it is every single person’s job to serve the guests that come to Miracle Camp. We don’t view people as our customers, in fact, we try to never say the word “customer”. We believe that everyone is our guest and we hope to treat them like that. We want to smile, go the extra mile to serve others, listen to requests, respond quickly to any problems, anticipate needs, and much more. We think that our staff is consistently one of the most friendly, hospitable staff teams around. My favorite story is from a few years ago when a group arrived at 1am and realized that they had forgotten some of their supplies. One of our staff at the time, Kyle, told them to give him a list of what they needed and he made a trip to Walmart (at 1am!!!!) to get what they needed so they could get rest. Our stories aren’t always this out of the ordinary, but we do think that you’ll get a big smile when you check in and that our staff will take your needs seriously.

Affordable Quality

This is a very difficult strategy to define, because to each person it is different. But in general, we try to reach a balance between what is quality and what is affordable. There are many places that are quality, but are expensive and many places that are affordable, but lack quality. So we try to be as nice as possible, while still remaining affordable for the average person. We think we’ve done a pretty good job at this. All of our buildings are air conditioned, heated, and have bathrooms with each room (rather than walking outside). We received a donation of mattresses from Tempurpedic which gives us affordable, yet quality beds. In all areas, food, lodging, activities, meeting space, etc, we seek to find this balance of functionality, cost, and excellence.

Creative Programs

We have found that creativity isn’t as complicated as it sounds. And often, creativity is simply improving something that already exists. Take Apple for instance, they weren’t the first company to think of a tablet, a smartphone, a smart watch, or a device that plays digital music. But they were the most creative. We like to take things that we see or things that we already have an improve them in creative ways and turn them into something that people love. This is why our waterfront (in our opinion) has structures that have been creatively designed with a large floating blob tower that also includes a waterslide. It’s why our zip line and tower have been designed to cut down on waiting times and walking distances. It’s why our high ropes course has stairs to get in rather than a system that takes 45 minutes for everyone to reach the course. And it’s why we install sound systems, fire rings, and benches in so many places…they’re all creative improvements.

Biblical Focus

This, of course, is the most important thing to us. Without this, we feel that the first three strategies have gone to waste. We believe that God’s word (the Bible) must be preached and preached with authority. When we look for speakers we don’t necessarily look for excellent speakers (though that is important)…we look for people who have a commitment to preaching the Bible. We believe that God speaks to people’s hearts through his word, and that his word speaks powerfully. And so we carefully make sure there are times for people to listen to God through his word in multiple settings.

So there you have it…we’re not unique at all. Many places do things like this. But we do think that you’ll find our special combination of ingredients to be quite unique, special, and will leave you wanting to taste more!

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Bible Reading Plans

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One of our biggest hopes for campers is that they keep pursuing God in faith as they head home from camp. We don’t expect them to always feel the same emotions they felt at camp, but we pray that they will have the same commitment to Christ at home that they did at camp. One of the best ways to do that is to spend time in prayer and time reading the Bible. Our favorite method is for parents and children to read through a plan together. Here are a few Bible reading plans that can get you started:

5 Minutes a Day Plan – This is the easiest plan and in 5 minutes a day you can read one chapter of the New Testament and finish in 1 year

1 Year Chronological Plan – Read through the whole Bible in one year by reading 3 chapters each day

1 Year Blended Plan – Read some of the Old Testament and the New Testament each day and complete the whole Bible in one year

Read New Testament in 90 days – This plan has you read several chapters of the New Testament each day and you can easily finish in 3 months.

To pray, we encourage campers to simply talk with God. Prayer isn’t all about making requests, though that is part of it. It’s also about sharing life with the person who cares the most about you. You can talk to Him about how you feel about things at school, you can ask Him for advice when you’re discouraged, and you can thank Him for the good things happening in your life. The more time you spend with God in prayer, the closer your relationship will be.

Here’s an acronym that we like to use sometimes to help guide our prayer times:

  • A – Adoration – this simply means to praise God or to tell Him what you like about him. Give God some complements!
  • C – Confession – sometimes there are things that get in the way of our relationship with God. It’s important to apologize for those sins and wrong decisions we’ve made.
  • T – Thanksgiving – this is a time to simply thank God for the positive (and even sometimes negative) aspects of our lives. When we follow God, everything has a purpose and we can thank him for that.
  • S – Specific Requests – this is what most people think of when they think of prayer. It’s an important part, but it’s not the only part. In this section simply talk to God about your needs and to ask Him to work in the lives of people you know and around the world.

As always, if you need any guidance or other resource ideas, please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to help you and your family grow close to God.

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Meet our 2016 Summer Staff

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We are now two days into summer camp and are having a great time. Campers are hearing the Bible taught in a relevant way and of course, any week of summer camp is always filled with fun.

We wanted to send you a sheet that includes all of our staff for this summer. We would love it if you would pray for a different one each day, that God would give them strength, that God would work through them and in them, and that they our ministry would be safe and effective this summer.

Thanks so much for joining our team by lifting us up in prayer!

If you would like to download a PDF of these summer staff pictures to print and hang on your wall as a reminder just click the link below:

Download – 2016 Face Sheet Final

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Things We Teach Our Camp Counselors – Part 4

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Unity and Teamwork – The Unsung Heroes of Training

When people think about training for a job they think about all the practical aspects: safety, knowledge, emergency preparedness, etc. However, very often fun, unity, and teamwork is overlooked. Obviously, the first and most obvious parts of training are super important. But if bonding and team building isn’t part of training, somehow the other things seem to fall apart. Team building and bonding during staff training is the glue that holds all the other parts together.

We pay our staff for a whole week before any camper shows up, and we ask them to come a few days early before that week of training just for some fun. We’ll do things such as taking a camping trip to northern Michigan, an Olympic opening ceremony for the first night, sharing testimonies with one another, and our favorite…an all staff Amazing Race all around southwest Michigan!

Throughout the summer we will continue to build unity among our staff by helping them plan trips to area cities, going to a Chicago Fire soccer game, providing weekly worship times, going to church together, and praying together. When people have fun together, they also work and collaborate really well together.

Why is unity important?

To be an example for the campers

In John 17, Jesus prays for his disciples that they will be one (unified) so that the world will know that Jesus is sent by God. This is our prayer for our staff that they may have a love for one another that is obvious to parents and campers that Jesus is real and changes lives. We want their unity to be the best example of the hope, joy, and full life that God has given us.

To improve work quality

We believe that when a team is unified and they like each other, they do their work better. We find that a unified staff has a better emotional maturity and mental maturity to take care of the kids in a fun safe way. They aren’t as distracted as a staff that is thinking about a problem they have with another staff member. Instead, they are enjoying their work, enjoying being with each other, and are happier for the kids.

To help us select better staff in the future

We have found that the best way to recruit staff is by word of mouth. And the best staff tend to be friends with other really good potential staff. It’s kind of a guilt by association, but in reverse. So we find that when we focus on unity during training and during the summer, the best staff are more willing to talk about what a great time they had with their friends. And that in turn, helps us have an even better summer staff each consecutive year. You can never only just focus on the summer in front of you…you have to always think for the future.

There are many other reasons for focusing on unity, but those are a few. But the main thing…

It’s Biblical…and it’s the right thing to do…

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” -Eph 4:1-3

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Things We Teach Our Camp Counselors – Part 3

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For the past several weeks we have been covering the topic of things we teach our summer camp counselors. Last week we talked about how we train our summer staff to handle emergencies at summer camp.

Unfortunately, we can train our staff to be perfect counselors, we can train them how to respond in emergency situations, and Miracle Camp and Retreat Center can be a perfect place, but there will still be problems.

That’s because more than one camper comes to camp each week!

This week’s topic – handling problems caused by campers

As soon as two campers come to camp there are bound to be problems. Unfortunately sometimes there is bullying caused by another camper, or maybe another camper is being rude and disruptive during a cabin time, or maybe it’s as simple as a homesick camper that requires extra attention. Whatever the situation we want our staff to follow some steps to help preserve an amazing week for the other campers in their cabin.

Step #1 – Intervene Immediately

The first and most important step when there are problems is to do something. This seems like it shouldn’t need to be said, but in American culture, often our first response to problems is to walk the other way or to pretend like it didn’t happen. We don’t like to confront people and we don’t like dealing with problems. Sometimes we hope they will just go away on their own.

However, while we are caring for other children, it’s important that we intervene right away. Sometimes children will not speak up for themselves so we try to train our staff to recognize when a camper might be bothered by other camper’s behavior. The most important thing is for our staff to stop the disruptive behavior…and we provide them with some steps to do that.

Step #2 – Tell Someone (Probably someone on the program team)

The other things we’re not very good at as human beings is telling someone about the problem. We so often want to be independent and try to take care of things on our own, as if that were a sign of strength. But in this situation we want our staff to involve our leadership team early. This is so we know about the problem before it turns into a bigger problem. Our leadership team is a group of staff who are veterans in camping. They have experience in handling problems and difficulties and are excellent at giving advice and lending a hand when needed.

The other reason we like the program office to be aware of the problems early is because we want to do Step #3 really well…

Step #3 – Involve Parents Early

There’s no one who knows your camper better than you. We train our staff that if they are in doubt about whether they should call home or not, they should call home. Sometimes a camper who is homesick can be calmed down by a quick word of advice from the parent to the counselor. Sometimes a camper who has been bullied doesn’t feel alone and singled out if they know their parents are behind them. And we have found that parents feel much more secure when they know that we’re paying attention to the condition of their camper.

We’re not perfect

Every week isn’t perfect and we’re not perfect at stopping problems caused by other campers, but as our trained staff follow these steps and seek to make every week an amazing week for every camper, we believe for your camper it will be pretty close to a perfect week!

Our promise to parents is that we will do our best to recognize problems, address problems quickly and effectively, and involve your advice early if needed.

And as always…if you have a concern…give us a call. We use phone calls from you as an opportunity to improve our training for our next group of staff, and sometimes even in mid summer. We enjoy hearing from you and how we can improve!

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Things We Teach Our Summer Camp Counselors – Part 2

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Last week we began a series on things we teach our summer camp counselors. We want to give you a sneak peak into the ways we train our staff before they take care of children over the summer. We think that if you see how hard we work in training, you hopefully will feel even more secure with sending your children to summer camp in Michigan.

Before we continue today, we should say that there are many summer camps in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio and many really good Christian summer camps as well. Most of these camps have great trainings, policies and procedures in place. But we can’t speak for all of them. So even if you don’t send your children to Miracle Camp, you should still be asking some of these questions of the camp that you do send your children to.

Today’s Topic – Emergencies

The section of our manual on emergencies is probably the thickest section of the manual. This is because there are so many different scenarios that we want our staff to be trained on. Obviously, this section is much too large for a blog post, so I hope today to give you a quick overview of some of the topics.

PLEASE NOTE: Most of these scenarios never happen or extremely rarely happen, but we want to be prepared if they do.

Possible Emergency #1 – Lost Campers

First, let me say that in the past 15 years (and probably longer than that) we have never had to enact a serious level of our lost camper plan (which means we have found every camper within 0-10 minutes). Campers are always with a staff member and even during their “free time” option there are staff patrolling the grounds and lifeguards keeping very close tabs on campers in the water.

But in the case that a camper does get lost, our staff and leadership team is trained on how to look. First, our leadership team of 10 staff drops what they are doing to look for the camper. They communicate using radios and spread out around the camp. In the past 15 years at least, they have always succeeded in finding the camper in 10 minutes.

However, if they were not able to find the camper, we would enact a lost camper situation in which all the campers go play games in the gym with some of our staff while the rest of the staff (around 30-40 or so) spread out systematically (with pre-assigned locations) to look thoroughly for the camper. Staff members are assigned to search along the road even in case of a camper wandering off. Before camp starts, we drill this situation two times as well as talking through the situation.

Possible Emergency #2 – Extreme Weather or Fire

This emergency situation is quite common unfortunately, and also unfortunately is out of our control. But we can control how we act in this situation. Fortunately in Michigan, we are out of “tornado alley”, but we do get very severe thunderstorms from time to time as well as high winds.

For a situation like this, our staff again communicates with radios and uses a system of warning signals to warn campers and staff. When campers arrive at camp we train them on these signals so they know where to go as well.

Here’s our emergency signals:

  • Continuous ringing bell – if this happen our staff knows to head to the gym. This could be a signal for a lost camper, but usually it’s signaling a coming thunderstorm and for everyone to take cover. In the gym we’re able to have fun with the campers and keep close watch over them as well.
  • Fire alarm – if there’s a fire alarm in a building, our staff know to exit with the campers and head to the gym.
  • Warning siren – if there happens to be extremely high winds or a tornado warning, we sound a siren and have all the campers head (unless it is too dangerous to do so) to the lower level back hallway of Bankson Lodge where they will be underground and surrounded by concrete.

Possible Emergency #3 – Waterfront

Anywhere there is water and children, there is the potential for danger. That’s why we take tremendous precautions in this area to ensure that emergencies don’t happen in the first place. We train lifeguards multiple times in how to deal with multiple emergency situations on the waterfront from an injury on the blob, a swimmer in distress, or an injury while tubing.

Michigan state standards require us to have 2 lifeguards on duty for the number of campers that we have swimming at one time. However, we usually hire 8-9 lifeguards. We believe that in this area, prevention is the best policy.

When campers arrive at Miracle Camp, they all go through a swimming test so we can gauge their swimming ability. This allows us to keep children who cannot swim well in an appropriate depth of water or with a life jacket.

Every 5-10 minutes our staff conduct a “buddy check” (shown in the image above) which lets our lifeguards know that every camper who has come to the waterfront is still in eye sight. If someone in the swim area is missing a buddy, the lifeguards follow the emergency plan, close the waterfront, and our staff searches for the camper.

If an emergency does happen on the waterfront our training ensures that lifeguards know what to do and each lifeguard is assigned a task from clearing campers out of the swim area, to calling the camp nurse, to helping the person in need.

We had a mild back injury a few summers ago on the blob and when emergency personnel arrived they praised our staff for how calm they were and how under control the situation was. That was a great confirmation to our training!

Possible Emergency #4 – Medical Needs

All of our staff receive basic first aid training during their week of training. We also have at least one nurse on site at all times and usually there is at least two. Our training prepares staff to handle the emergency calmly and to get the on site nurse as fast as possible. Our leadership team uses a system of radios to communicate and the nurses on site carry a radio as well so that communication can happen quickly and efficiently.

Our nurses are trained by our resident nurse on staff and our policies and training are a set of standing orders which are signed by a physician each year to make sure they are current and up to date.

Possible Emergency #5 – ????

No amount of training can possibly prepare our staff for every situation. Unfortunately in today’s world there are many unforeseen circumstances. So in our training we provide a basic overview of what to do in those situations. The most important thing we train our staff to do in any situation is to STAY CALM. Not panicking allows our staff to think clearly in any situation. So whether it’s the waterfront, a storm, a medical emergency, a suspicious guest, or something more severe, we want them to stay calm and care for the campers that have been entrusted to us.

As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns about safety or emergency preparedness, please feel free to reach out to our staff. We’d be happy to help, listen and learn. We’re always doing what we can to make Miracle Camp a safer place.

As always, our staff (and many people around the midwest) are daily in prayer for the safety and ministry of Miracle Camp. We believe this is a very powerful thing…the spend time praying and trusting God’s sovereignty. We do everything we can in our power to protect campers, but we also encourage people to join with us and spend time in prayer asking God for his protection.

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Things We Teach Our Summer Camp Counselors – Part 1

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With Summer Camp just around the corner, we thought it would be nice to give you an inside scoop on some of the things we teach our counselors and summer staff each year.

We take our training very seriously and pay our staff for a little over a week before any camper first arrives. We want to make sure that they get a great training experience and are ready to go when the first campers arrive at our location in Michigan.

For this week’s topic, we wanted to let you know our summer priorities. This is one of the first things that each staff member learns and is something that we continue to teach and remind them throughout training and the summer.

Priority #1 – Safety

Most of our training revolves around this one aspect – safety. There are so many aspects to safety at summer camp that go beyond making sure campers don’t get scrapes and bruises. We also want to make sure campers are safe emotionally, sexually, relationally, nutritionally, and spiritually.

We spent time training about bullying, what to do if a camper is lost, how to report potential abuse,

In a future post we will tell you a little more about some of these trainings.

Priority #2 – Spiritual Growth

Miracle Camp’s mission is to facilitate life change by helping people grow closer to God. It’s pretty natural then that our next highest priority would be spiritual growth. We must make sure that we do not allow the fun of summer camp (though it is always going to be fun) to shadow the most important thing to our mission.

Every day campers will have two chapel sessions where they will hear the word of God preached. In addition they have a cabin devotional time led by their counselor as well as a personal Bible reading time in the morning. Once a week, each counselor will spend at least an hour of one on one time conversation with each camper as well. We stress in training to our counselors for them to focus on preparing well for the one on one conversations as well as the cabin devotional times. These are the two areas that they are able to control and we stress to them to not miss that opportunity to impact the lives of kids.

Priority #3 – Fun

What is summer camp if it’s not fun? It wouldn’t be much of anything that is for sure. At camp, fun sort of happens naturally, but there’s a few things that we try to stress with our counselors to make the week more fun.

First, we want our staff to spend QUANTITY time with their campers. Yep, we said QUANTITY and not QUALITY. We believe that quality time comes out of quantity time spent in any relationship, and the same is true for summer camp. We have found that campers who have the most fun have counselors who spend the most time.

Second, we try to help our counselors think creatively and to come up with fun memorable experiences that campers typically wouldn’t do at home like watch the stars, camp out in the woods as a cabin, invent new games together, have gigantic water fights together and much more. It’s those little fun moments that kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

It all comes down to hiring

This list certainly isn’t all inclusive as their are many aspects to camp; however, it’s a great start and helps focus our staff when they arrive.

We have found that the staff members who live these qualities at camp are the ones who live these qualities everywhere else in life. So when they arrive at camp, they aren’t doing anything new, they are just being themselves. That’s why we take such great care in selecting our staff.

Our staff, coupled together with a guiding vision, helps produce one of the most memorable weeks of a campers life, and more importantly one that will hopefully help them safely grow closer to God.

 

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GIVE. IMPACT A LIFE.

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YOUR DONATION DOUBLED

We have graciously received a $100,000 matching gift for the Maple Ridge expansion and a $200,000 matching gift for the Oakwood Chapel renovation.

EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE IS NOW WORTH TWO DOLLARS.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THESE GIFTS!

The Keeping Faith campaign is an ambitious project that will allow us to better serve our guests and fulfill our calling. We strive to connect to people’s hearts and prepare them to listen to Jesus. The Gerber’s story is one example:


 

Maple Ridge

The Maple Ridge expansion will add a meeting space that can accommodate up to 175 people; this will allow us to house guests in Maple Ridge and Evergreen and provide them with a place to meet.

Worship

The Oakwood Chapel renovation will develop and transform the entire facility. This expansion will allow us to accommodate up to 600 people and will remodel the existing meeting space so that we can have multiple meeting rooms.

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In Matthew 28, Jesus commands His followers to go and make disciples. In this passage, He gives them authority and power to accomplish His spiritual work and lead the church. But this authority is not a power to take the land with the sword; it is something much more complicated. Their job was to connect to people’s hearts, and prepare people to listen to Jesus. The point of this passage is ingrained in what we do at Miracle Camp.

 


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Keeping Faith Celebration – October 3

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Miracle Camp and Retreat Center’s (MCRC) Keeping Faith Campaign celebrates what God has faithfully done throughout the last 50 years of ministry and focuses our eyes ahead to what He will do in the next 50 years. Keeping Faith is a vision for the future and how MCRC can support the local church while impacting the world for Christ.

And while we are excited that we had the opportunity to serve roughly 14,000 guests last year,  we unfortunately had to turn away nearly 4,000 individuals. Why does that matter? Because we know God uses MCRC as an avenue to change hearts and each of those individuals represented a life we had the opportunity to impact. That is why Keeping Faith is one of the most important things that will happen this year at MCRC. 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.

Some may look at Keeping Faith as simply a fundraising program or as a name for our October Anniversary Event – but Keeping Faith is so much more than that. It is a chance for those of us who believe in the life change that God does through camp to honor Him with a faithful response. It is a way to give back to God and ensure that 50 more years of life change are possible for adults, youth, and children. It is an investment in ministry to thousands of people each year and for generations to come.

We are excited as we look forward to MCRC’s 50 Year Celebration and we invite you to come join in the fun as we share memories of the past 50 years and celebrate all God will do in the next 50 years of ministry.

Register:
       www.miraclecamp.com/keepingfaith

When:
       October 3, 2015

Where:
       Miracle Camp and Retreat Center
       25281 80th Avenue
       Lawton, MI 49065

Schedule:
       Friday, October 2

6:00 p.m. – Dinner for past Board members and Camp Directors (Invitation only)
7:00 p.m. – Registration Opens
8:00 p.m. – Camp Memories

Saturday, October 3

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Staff Memories
11:00 a.m. – Free Time Activities
Noon – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Free Time Activities
2:30 p.m. – Celebration Service
4:00 p.m. – Free Time Activities
5:00 p.m. – Dinner
6:00 p.m. – Evening Activity

Sunday, October 4

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast

*This event is our free gift to you. Free will donations will be accepted.