Changes at Camp

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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 jobs@miraclecamp.com. The desire of the Search Committee is to have a recommendation for the MCRC Board of Trustees by February 15, 2015.

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Tips for a Great Marriage

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Where are your roots?

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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 Discipleship

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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.

Retreat Director Job Opening

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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 tojason@miraclecamp.com by Aug 1, 2013.  Official documents are below.

Job Description – Retreat Director

Position Posting – Retreat Director

Pray around the world with your kids

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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!

Ice Camp Youth Winter Retreats

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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!!!

Keep the Winter Retreat Fire

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When you leave a retreat or summer camp, it’s pretty common to have what we call a “camp high”.  What we’re talking about is this feeling of being really close to God.  And if you think about it, it makes sense.  You have been worshipping, reading the Bible, listening to good teaching, talking about your faith, and maybe even sharing your faith with a friend.  But often when we get home, we stop doing those things.

My challenge to you (those of you who just have attended Ice Camp) is to continue doing those things.  Keep going to church and listening to preaching.  Keep reading your Bible and spending time in prayer.  Keep serving and talking about your faith with your friends.  These things will help keep you connected to God beyond the retreat you attended in Michigan this winter.

I’ve attached a copy of a Bible reading plan that we recommend.  Even if you don’t read it as fast as it says, just spend a little time in God’s word every day.  But don’t keep it there…put it into practice.  Read AND follow what God’s word says.

So about that retreat or summer camp high…it might still go away, but you’ll be living an exciting life to the full following God!

Download the Bible reading plan here –>

Home made encouragement cards

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Did you know that the majority of people have words of affirmation as one of their love languages.  Another way to say this is that most people like hearing words of encouragement.  We did a study with our Michigan Christian summer camp staff and found that 70-80% of them prefer words of encouragement to other forms of appreciation.  1 Thess 5:11 says “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing.”  Never underestimate the power of a word of encouragement.  Here’s a fun, creative idea to encourage people.  Make a homemade card with specialty paper from Joann Fabric.  Put a verse on the front and write a note of encouragement on the inside.  It will make someone’s day!

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Favorite Photobooth Pics

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We recently bought some new lights for our photo booth.  I was looking though old retreat photos from some of the church retreats and family camps we have done in the past.  There were so many fun photobooth moments.  People really love the things we do that make them laugh and make retreats and camps memorable.  We love doing things at a summer camp that sometimes are just sweet, cool, or even just for fun.  If ever you have any retreat ideas that we can implement here in Michigan, let me know!  Here’s some of those pics!

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