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Family Camp Starts Next Week!

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Family Camp is almost here!! We are so excited for our grounds to be filled with 41 families next week. 184 people will be attending July 4 – 7th, with 70 of those being kids. These fun-filled days ahead will include engaging sessions, adventure, delicious food, and of course, quality family time.

Our speaker for the week is Nate Hamblin. Nate and his family are from Adrian, MI, and have been long-time attendees of Family Camp. We are delighted to welcome them back and hear from him next week.

The temperatures for next week will be perfect for Blobbing, tubing, or finding some shade on the sandy beach. Time on the water will be a must, whether it’s enjoying Bankson Lake from a kayak, canoe, the water trampoline, or slide. In addition, here are some more activities we will feature:

  • Zipline
  • Archery
  • Trap-shooting ($6 for 12 shots)
  • Fishing (bring your own pole)
  • Climbing Wall
  • Game Room
  • High Ropes
  • Disc Golf
  • BB Guns
  • Game Room
  • Scooters 🙂

The craft shack and coffee shop will be ideal for pausing to refresh in the midst of all the action.

We love providing a place for families to bond over games, worship and pray together, and enjoy God’s creation in a relaxing atmosphere. It doesn’t get much better than wrapping up the summer days as families will enjoy the campfire time, complete with s’mores.

If you would like to see more about what happens at Family Camp, click the button below!

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!

 

Keeping Faith Rewind: Shelly Sysum

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This Keeping Faith Rewind is about Shelly Sysum, someone who has known Miracle Camp and Retreat Center her whole life. Shelly’s family has been involved at camp since it was purchased in 1965 from the Notre Dame football team and she and her family now attend many of camp’s retreats such as family camp, summer camp, and women’s retreat. Watch the video and see how Miracle Camp has impacted Shelly’s life, and the life of her family, from the very beginning!

Thanks for your consistent prayers and support!

Keeping Faith Rewind: The Figg Family

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This week’s Keeping Faith Rewind is Karl and Holly Figg’s story. Karl and Holly’s family has been involved in Miracle Camp and Retreat Center for many years. Their children have attended summer camps, they have all come to family camp, and many of their children have worked as counselors, lifeguards, and more on our summer camp staff team.

When we plan programs, we seek to partner with local churches and seek to create programs that will impact the entire family. That’s why we offer more than just summer camp and youth winter retreats in Michigan. We also offer men’s retreats, women’s retreats, marriage retreats, and more! The Figg family has been to it all!

Listen as they tell you more about how their family has been impacted by this ministry.

Keeping Faith Rewind: The Gerber Family’s Story

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Today’s Keeping Faith Rewind is about the Gerber family, a loyal Miracle Camp family from the Fort Wayne area. Miracle Camp and Retreat Center is often thought of as a place for just kids, but as this video shows…it’s for the whole family.

Be sure to check out the Gerber family Keeping Faith Story on our Keeping Faith page!

Do you have a story like the Gerber family? We want to hear it! Send us an email, write on our Facebook wall, or send us a letter. We know stories like this happen often at camp. We want to make it our mission to share these stories that have changed your lives. Thanks for reading!

 

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.

Family Camps a Success! Memorial Day Family Camp Planned for Next Year!

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The two family camps this year were a huge success!   There were nearly 500 people who attended the two camps this year and there was a waiting list on each camp.

Due to the popular demand, we are opening a 3rd family camp next year over the Memorial Day Family Camp!  Kick off your summer with your family at this great retreat!  We are also considering an option for a week long family camp sometime in August or a winter family camp.  If you have any other ideas for family oriented events please emailjason@miraclecamp.com