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

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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!

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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!

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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.

Free Pastors Retreat

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Know a pastor that needs a few days rest from ministry life? Know a pastor that needs a time of spiritual refreshment?

Miracle Camp can now help! For the first time ever, Miracle Camp is providing a short mid-week getaway for any and all pastors – TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE! We exist to serve churches, and one of the best ways we can serve churches is to serve those who lead churches. So, please, come (or make your pastor come) and use this time for whatever you need: spend time with God, solitude in nature, connect with others, or just enjoy camp’s activities. This offer is open to all pastors and will be held October 9 – 11, so spread the word! Register online at: www.miraclecamp.com/pastorsretreat.

  • Personal Devo Time
  • Nature
  • Biblical Teaching
  • Relaxation and Solitude
  • Networking and Fellowship
  • Activities
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Prayer
  • All meals, lodging, and activities are free of charge (you only need to find a way to get here)

Senior High 1: Izzy and Zoey

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!

 

Things You Can Do at Camp That You Can’t Do at Home: Chapel Sessions!

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One of the things we care about most is the spiritual growth of the guests and campers who are here and preparing them to continue to further their relationship with Jesus Christ as they leave camp. We love offering chapel sessions twice a day for campers that come to  where they can worship with a band and hundreds of other kids their age as well as listen to a speaker challenge them in their faith. After each evening chapel session, the campers will go with their cabin and counselor to do cabin devotions. The counselors will lead these devotions and campers will be able to discuss what they learned in the chapel session and how they can apply it to their life.

Each counselor will also have an hour one on one conversation with each camper.  These discussions are put into place so that each counselor can help each camper grow closer to God personally.  Counselors are trained to challenge students to read and apply God’s word and to spend time in prayer. Campers are given time for personal devotions after every morning chapel session. We want to train campers not just to hear God’s word, but also to read and study it for themselves.

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

Things You Can Do at Camp That You Can’t Do at Home: Awesome Activities!

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We absolutely love being able to offer guests and campers things that they can do here at camp that they are unable to do at home. One of our favorite parts of camp is the awesome activities we have. We have everything from the zipline to the Blob that campers never seem to get enough of and are excited to do every time they come back. Here is a small list of some of our and our campers favorite things to do while they are at camp:

Zipline – A 480 ft. ride that you take after leaving our 40 ft. climbing tower.
The Blob – A huge inflatable water launcher that sends kids soaring into the air.
Gaga Ball – Be the last one in the ring while getting others out by hitting them in the legs with a ball.
Archery – Try to get a bullseye in one of the many targets at our archery range.
Initiatives – Bond your group together with our 10+ team building initiatives.
Paintball – Can you hit all your friends before getting hit yourself?
Small Boats – Kayak or canoe on our beautiful Bankson Lake!
Tubing – See if you can hold onto the tube while being driven around the lake.
Disc Golf – Bet you can’t get a hole in one on our 18 hole course!
Large Group Games – A staple of summer camp including Gold Rush and Hunger Games.
…and much more!

To see more activities that we offer or to register and try some of these out for yourself head to www.miraclecamp.com!