Man Camp is Almost Here!

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The first Man Camp of the 2018 season is not far away! As always, we are so excited for Man Camp and the coming of the warmer weather, amazing food, March Madness, and to see hundreds of men praising the Lord. We are also looking forward to the four men coming to speak at Man Camps this year. Get to know the speakers a little better:

Man Camp 1

Dan Busse: I have been in ministry since 1996, a grad of Dallas Seminary, and am now currently getting another masters degree from Liberty Seminary in missional involvement and evangelism. More importantly I am married to an amazing woman and dad of 4 incredible kids.I do not claim to have all the answers, but I do want to see the church be all it can be. Jesus gave His life for the church, we are to show Him off. Frankly, in America, the church as we see it has failed. Not because of Jesus but because of us. So as leaders we have a choice. Do we lead by listening to Jesus and being courageous enough to take the shots, or do we simply do what others want and continue the downward trend?

Man Camp 2

Rich Ratts: Rich Ratts is passionate about helping people to connect with God and then connect their faith in Him to their everyday life. Rich believes that we have been called to make a life, not just make a living! He has spent the past 31 years serving as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, Student Pastor, Worship Leader, and as a Church Planter & Church Planting Missionary. Rich has worked with ministries in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, and Montana. Currently Rich serves as Lead Pastor of Crossroads Church in Monticello, Illinois. Born in Decatur, IL, Rich grew up in Vandalia, IL. He has been married to Nancy for 31 years. They have five children: Nate, Josh, Josiah, Mercy, & Caleb.

Man Camp 3

Tom Harmon: My name is Tom Harmon, my loving wife Joyce and I have been married for forty-five years. We have four children, and they are all are married. All our children love the Lord and we thank God for His gracious hand upon us. I grew up in a Christian home and trusted Christ at an early age. I regret to say that most of the early years of my journey I did not walk in the ways of the Lord. In High School I enjoyed football, basketball and track. Upon graduation from High School I attended Northern Michigan University on a four year full ride athletic scholarship. I played four years of college football, and graduated with a bachelor of science degree. In 1973 I graduated from the Michigan State Police Academy and was a trooper for eleven years. In 1984 I sensed God’s call on my life to preach and resigned from the department. I pastored a small church north of Lansing for four years and have been a full time itinerant preacher speaking in churches, camps, and Bible conferences for the past twenty-five years. My life’s verse is Philippians 3:10.

Man Camp 4

Nate Hamblin: Nate serves as the co-pastor of Neighborhood Church, a two-year old church plant in Adrian, Michigan. Prior to moving to Adrian, he served in a variety of pastoral roles at Crossroads Evangelical Church in Wauseon Ohio for 11 years.  He’s passionate about coaching people in the everyday truths of life in Christ. Personally, Nate considers himself a proud member of the “I married way above myself” club. He and Amanda have been married 15 years and have two young sons—Eli & Oliver. He enjoys the simple adventures of life—family time, food, yard work, laughter and watching college football (Go Blue!).

In addition to these speakers, we are excited to offer so many awesome activities, including, but not limited to:

Zipline
Archery
Man Lounge
Trap Shooting ($6 for 12 shots)
Steak Cook-Out
Dodgeball
Climbing Wall
High Ropes
Paintball ($6 for 2 rounds)
Bacon
Coffee Shop
and much more!
If you would like more information on Man Camp, including pricing, dates, the work day, or what to bring, or to register, head to our website at www.miraclecamp.com/mancamp!

Apply to Camp Aide This Summer!

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The Camp Aide program here at Miracle Camp is designed to give high school students an opportunity to serve alongside the summer staff at camp. It is an intense two week discipleship program that gives students a chance to work with kids, help out around camp, and learn more about their relationship with God.

Each year we are excited to challenge our Camp Aides and help them grow through serving the kids that are here. These students will work on many different projects here around camp and will have the experience of seeing what goes on behind the scenes during the summer. Camp Aides will be able to learn from the counselors they work with and will be able to spend time being mentored by our Camp Aide Directors. We desire to see these high schoolers grow in their relationship with God and give students time in the Word every day through personal devotions, worship, teaching times, and small groups. Camp Aides get to experience an incredibly fun two weeks as they have the joy of hanging out with kids, with each other, and with the summer staff!

We offer 3 two-week sessions of our Camp Aide program.  If you are interested in one of these sessions please apply online and that will get the process started. Applications are due by March 15th to guarantee consideration for a spot this summer. Applications may be accepted beyond this date; however, positions may be filled after that time. For more information on the Camp Aide program, or to apply, head to www.miraclecamp.com/campaide!

Evergreen Update: $300,000 Match Reached!

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We are excited to announce that we have officially reached our $300,000 matching goal on the Evergreen Project! Thank you for your help in funding this project, which will allow us to serve more guests for Summer Camp, Man Camp, Women’s Retreat, Ice Camp, and Marriage Retreat. The addition of the 4,000 square foot meeting space will also provide the opportunity to host at least 10 more guest groups every year.

Construction on the Evergreen Project is already underway! We are anxiously waiting for weather to improve, so construction on the foundation can continue!

We want to say THANK YOU for all of your support of the Evergreen Project and the Keeping Faith campaign. Because of your help, we have been able to completely fund the Evergreen Project and serve our guests to the best of our ability every year. We love seeing more and more people come through our doors and hear the message of Christ preached. It is because of your generosity the Miracle Camp exists and can serve the local Church!

The Job That Changes Lives.

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I still remember the first time I got the call telling me I was going to be a counselor at Miracle Camp.  Sitting in my dorm lobby at college, playing a game with some friends, I stepped out to answer the phone.  When I came back, I was beaming.  I couldn’t wait to tell all my college friends how excited I was.  Being primarily from the East Coast, none of them knew Camp, so they didn’t quite get it.  But it didn’t matter.  I was ecstatic.  And it was only the beginning.

Looking back at the three summers I spent on summer staff, I couldn’t be more thankful for my experiences.  God used each moment at camp to teach me, grow me, and mold me more into His image.  During my first summer as a counselor, God taught me about his provision.  He showed me time and time again that my own strength, love, spiritual insight, or sleep schedule didn’t have to be enough – as they almost never were!  Each day brought new challenges, and in each new challenge, God showed me another way He is all-sufficient.  I would encourage anyone who wants to see God break down walls and change lives to spend even one day at camp.  You can’t miss it.

After my first summer, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to go back.  I wanted to more than anything, but as an engineering student, I was facing certain expectations for internships and research experiences – especially with my goal of pursing a graduate degree.  That, along with family circumstances, kept me at home the next summer.  But if I learned anything in my first summer, it was that God is not limited by something like internship requirements.  Looking back, I can clearly see the path the Lord laid out before me.  In His timing, internships happened, research opportunities arose at school, and I was able to meet all of my requirements, and still have not one, but two more opportunities to serve at Miracle Camp for the summer.  God was teaching me to rely on Him even in the process of getting back to camp.

My next two summers were spent in leadership roles, and God used the opportunity to teach me something very different.  As a leader, God gave me a chance to pour into the lives of other staff members and provide the same mentoring that had such an impact on me my first summer.  God also used this time to challenge me to seek nothing before Him and help others do the same.  Because God called me back to camp, I was able to share with kids and staff about His goodness as I walked with my family though some dark valleys.  Praise God for His faithfulness and grand design.  I am encouraged whenever I look back and see how obvious His hands are in every experience I have had at Camp.

Working at Miracle Camp has left me forever changed.  God used my time serving on staff to challenge me, to provide the spiritual nourishment I needed most, and provide me with lifelong mentors and friends, and I couldn’t be more thankful.  Looking back, it’s easy to forget all of the frustrating moments, the annoying bug bites, and the late nights.  What stick out most are all the moments when God did far more than all I could ask or imagine.  And those make all the difference.

If you would like more information on working on summer staff, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summeremployment!

The Best Summer Job. Ever.

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If someone had told me I would be working at Miracle Camp last summer, I would not have believed them. At the beginning of last year, I asked God to break the fears that have held me down for so long and to be able to share it with others. Little did I know that God had a plan in place for me to work at Miracle Camp all along. Miracle Camp encompassed a large majority of the fears that bound me from following the Lord unabandoned. I decided, after much apprehension, to apply. The hardest part, after submitting the application, was waiting and trusting God. I was continually in prayer trying to trust God and believe that Miracle Camp was part of His greater plan. In late March, after hearing a powerful message from Sadie Robertson on anxiety and fear, I received a phone call that I would be an assistant counselor that summer.I felt reassurance and peace knowing that He had it covered all along. He was saying to me “Look, Natalie, I had it planned out the whole time.” I doubted what His plan could be when the almighty and powerful Savior, who made the Heavens and the Earth, was plenty capable of creating a plan for my summer.

Last summer God worked in my life in many ways. Whether it involved myself or others, He powerfully worked each and every day. Personally, He helped me break down and overcome the fears that I have been battling my whole life. Only through Jesus has He given me confidence and reassurance to know that I can fully give this battle to Him. As an introvert, He has comforted me in talking to people that I would easily let walk by without saying a word. I am able to greet and brighten other people’s day because I know I have the Holy Spirit speaking through me. I do not know about you, but knowing that I have the Holy Spirit to turn to gives me the power to talk to anyone and everyone. I have built many relationships that I cannot even fathom and I’m amazed each day that the Holy Spirit is working and speaking through me.

God has changed me in many ways and I am happy for every single one of them. even though they are painful. He has taught me what it means to have patience by listening to others and waiting. He taught me how to love others even when I want to put myself first. I need to give back to others instead of fulfilling my needs before I consider theirs’. While I have learned all these lessons, I am not perfect and am still working and growing in each of them. I am still a piece of God’s handiwork and cannot wait to see how God will work in my life for His glory.

If you would like more information, or would like to apply for summer staff, head to www.miraclecamp.com/summeremployment!

Why Should You Work at Camp This Summer?

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My two summers at Miracle Camp were six months that changed my view of ministry, breaks, and relationships. I served as a counselor in Maple Ridge my first summer and as the Head Female Counselor my second summer. Both jobs brought new challenges that grew me as a Christian and as a young adult.

Spending your summer at Miracle Camp in any position is a summer of sacrifice and laying aside the rights you think you have for the Kingdom. Ministry at Camp is hard, but so worth it! Your time is spent hearing about how the camper’s hearts are changing for the Lord, their families, friends, pets, teachers, and whatever silly things pop into their heads. My ministry at Miracle Camp looked a lot like relationships and intentional conversations with the campers that God has placed in my care.

As a staff member at Miracle Camp your spiritual growth is a priority that is cultivated through your fellow staff members, worship nights, and daily scheduled devotional time. The staff that serve alongside you are interested in what you are learning about Christ, they love you unconditionally, and they see you in your best and worst moments. My previous two assistant counselors continue to support me and love me, even though we are all at different colleges. The relationships you make while on staff together are genuine, built on the foundation of Christ, and last longer than the three months at camp. I promise.

In college, summer breaks are supposed to be meant for internships. I tried that my first summer of college but after being at camp these two summers, I learned more about social work (my major) than I have in any other setting, including the classroom. I had to learn how to be professional in my interactions with adults, teens, children, and peers. I learned how to prioritize safety and love over efficiency and a schedule and I saw real life problems that were happening in these campers’ lives. From the outside, working at camp looks like a ton of fun, which it is, but the material covered in classes at school gets to come alive at camp in ways you don’t expect. I can’t explain this well, but every major matters and brings something to the table while working at camp.

Overall, being on staff at Miracle Camp has been life-changing because of the ministry that takes place, speakers that come and pour into the lives of the staff, the community that supports you, intentional conversations, and the fun games that allow you to break our of your shell and be silly. So, ask someone who has worked at camp what they have learned and I guarantee they will talk your ear off for hours about their summer!

 

If you want to apply for summer staff for 2018 head to www.miraclecamp.com/summeremployment!

Our Mission: Affordable Quality

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Miracle Camp desires to give our guests the best bang for their buck. We long to provide excellent service and facilities at a reasonable price to the people who come on campus. There are many ways that we as a camp offer exceptional quality at an affordable rate, including our housing, the food we serve, and the activities we provide. We are always looking to continue to improve our facilities, activities, and programming while keeping costs low for our guests.

To continue to provide affordable quality for those who come to camp, we have implemented a price freeze for all of our 2018 programmed events! This means the price that you paid in 2017 for summer camp, man camp, women’s retreat, and any of our other programmed retreats will not increase in 2018! Affordable quality shows that our staff has a passion to be good stewards of the things that God has given us. We want to put our guests first and serve them with humility and excellence. We hope that more and more people can come through our doors to hear the message of Jesus Christ preached while also being able to enjoy a time of fellowship with those around them.

Our Mission: Creative Programming

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In all of our retreats, we are continually trying to find the balance of providing new and unique activities for our guests while also continuing to implement the things that people love and look forward to every year. We love seeing guests come back to a retreat year after year, so we are always looking for the best ways to serve them and help them enjoy their time. From adding new activities to our Man Camps, Women’s Retreats, and Parent/Child Retreats to completely changing the look and schedule of Summer Camp, we always want to keep improving the things we do while also sticking to the things that make Miracle Camp the place it is.

We hope that by adding new activities like archery battle, treasure hunts, and trivia, we can appeal to more and more people and bring them to a place where they will hear the message of Jesus preached. As we said before, our greatest desire is to facilitate life change by helping people grow closer to God and to glorify Jesus. Every part of our mission, from affordable quality to church partnerships, plays into this goal. We want the Good News of Christ Jesus to be heard, and Miracle Camp will be a place where that happens.

2017 Was a Great Year!!

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What a year 2017 has been! We are so grateful for the many things God did in this place throughout this year and we look forward to what He will do in the future. We want to say THANK YOU! Through your continued support, we were able to see 10,360 guests come through our doors and we are excited that so many people were able to hear the message of Jesus Christ preached. Thank you for your committed prayers for God to continue to work in this place and for your financial support to allow us to keep providing the best experience for our guests. This year, we were able to break ground on the Evergreen Project and begin the renovation of this building. The renovation will allow us to keep serving more guests every year, as well as, provide excellent housing and meeting spaces for the people who come onto campus. As we look ahead to 2018 and the years to come, our mission of preaching the message of Jesus Christ and serving our guests to the best of our ability has not changed. Prayerfully consider partnering with us through prayer or with a financial gift to help us continue to serve guests to the best of our ability. Your contributions go to more than the construction of buildings and keeping the lights on; they impact each and every man, woman, and child that comes and experiences the love of Christ. If you would like to make a donation, click here!

Only $10,000 To Go!

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We are excited to announce that we are only $10,000 away from reaching our $300,000 match for the Evergreen Project! We have until the end of December to raise the final $10,000 in order to completely fund the renovation of the Evergreen building!

As always, we can’t say thank you enough for all of your gifts, prayers, and support as we continue to improve camp and look ahead to the message of Jesus Christ being shared with more and more people every year. We are close to reaching our $300,000 matching opportunity, but we need your help to get there! Donations of any size go a long way to help the ministry here at Miracle Camp.

If you would like more information on the Evergreen Project, click here and check out everything that is included in this renovation! If you would like to come alongside us and make a donation, head to www.miraclecamp.com/giving!