The Keeping Faith Campaign began, and continues to be, a vision for ministry here at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. It celebrates how faithful God has been over the past 50 years of ministry, while also looking ahead to the next 50 years and beyond. This campaign has focused on three opportunities to continue sharing Christ with more and more people every year: ensuring safety, adding capacity, and being good stewards.
Ensuring Safety: Safety is our number one priority. Whether guests are at the waterfront or going down the zip line, we make sure they are secure with safe equipment and trained staff. One of the additions to camp that we have been most excited for through the Keeping Faith Campaign is the addition of the tunnel, which has allowed hundreds of kids, families, and guests to cross the road safely. We have been so grateful that we were able to begin the Keeping Faith Campaign with the addition of the tunnel and continue to provide a safe place for those who are on our campus.
Adding Capacity: Each year, we have to turn guests away due to lack of space. We want to be able serve as many people as possible and not have to turn anyone away who desires to experience life-change. The Evergreen Project is one of the ways that we are looking to increase the number of guests we can have on campus. As you may have seen, we are thrilled by all of your support to completely fund the Evergreen Project. We are already under way with this renovation and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring so construction can continue!
Being Stewards: We believe in excellence here at Miracle Camp. This does not always mean building new facilities every year. It can also mean taking responsibility to care for and improve the facilities we already have and, therefore, being good stewards of the many things God has blessed us with. This is one place that we are excited to be heading in the future. Throughout the next few years, we are hoping to update and remodel many of the buildings and facilities we have around campus. We desire to pour into and care for the guests that come to camp and we want nothing to distract from their experience here. With your support we can continue to improve camp and be good stewards of the resources the Lord has blessed us with.
Again, we want to thank you for all of your support of camp throughout the Keeping Faith Campaign so far. We look forward to your continued prayers and financial support as we look ahead to the future of Miracle Camp!
Want To Get Involved?
We would be thrilled to have you join us in our mission to serve the local church and see the message of Jesus preached to thousands every year! We would love you to prayerfully consider supporting camp with a financial gift and prayer. If you would like to donate to the Keeping Faith Campaign, click here!
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!
43,379 is a 2017 milestone.
In the mid-1900s, facilitating youth retreats became a prevalent way of reaching the next generation; those camps appeared to be effective in communicating the message and love of Jesus. As a result, in 1965, a group of churches concluded its search for a suitable place to permanently anchor their annual youth summer camps, a permanent place to support the ministry of the local church. Through the sacrificial dedication of a few men and women, the dream of Miracle Camp became a reality.
Today, we are humbled that God continues to choose to use this place. In 2017, the number of lives that have been impacted since our inception by our Summer Camp program alone reached 43,379. Every person in that number matters because each represents an individual who is loved by Jesus. Amazingly, that number is only the beginning as it does not include our other programmed events, like Ice Camp, Man Camp, Women’s Retreat, Family Camp, Parent/Child Camps and Marriage Retreats, or our guest group registrations. Combining those means the lives impacted reaches into hundreds of thousands.
That number is not for our glory. God has chosen to use this place for His purposes, and He continues to show Himself in mighty ways. We believe God has positioned this place to be a catalyst that impacts the world for many years to come. Our heart’s desire is to bring others to Christ and equip them to spread His Word!
As you reflect on how God has impacted your life, please prayerfully consider joining us in this mission with a gift. You will be making a significant Kingdom investment. Miracle Camp depends upon the voluntary generosity of affiliated churches and supporting individuals. Your contributions help us share the hope that is found in Jesus, impact lives for the kingdom, and strengthen the ministry of the local church. To make a secure gift online, please visit www.miraclecamp.com/giving.
Jonathan L. Hyde
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/!
Thank you 167,000 times over!
It is through your generosity that we were able to raise $334,000, during the month of December, for the Keeping Faith Campaign. We received $167,000 from individual donors that was matched by another devoted friend of camp. Your generosity is evident and appreciated.
I am humbled by the faithfulness of God’s people. I am humbled by how God uses this place to aid the local church and further His kingdom. The work that is done here is because of faithful friends like you.
For us, there is no greater calling in this world than preaching Jesus, living Jesus, loving Jesus and worshipping Jesus. When Jesus is the main focus and impacts a life, the ripple effect is immeasurable.
In the long run, the Keeping Faith Evergreen Project provides us with the opportunity to become financially sustainable by increasing our income so that it matches our expenses. This, in turn, will allow us to focus our donations on facility upkeep, the guest experience, maintaining affordable programmed camps and improving the campus.
You can still help. Every donation counts. We have until the end of 2017 to raise another $133,000. Funds that can all be matched!
As you reflect on how God has impacted your life, and thousands of other lives, please prayerfully consider joining us in this mission with a financial gift and/or volunteering your time to help construct this project. Your gifts help us share the hope that is found in Jesus, impact lives for the Kingdom, and strengthen the ministry of the local church.
Our ministry depends on the generous support of churches and individuals.
Thank you for responding with joyful generosity!
In His Arms,
Jonathan L. Hyde
We just recently announced the launch of the Evergreen Project, part of our Keeping Faith Campaign. We received exciting news shortly after: a very good friend of Miracle Camp has agreed to issue a $300,000 matching challenge toward this project. This means that every gift given will be matched dollar for dollar up to this amount.
This project will enable us to host up to 850 more people each year…which is so many more lives that are able to grow closer to God. You can give toward this project online at miraclecamp.com/keepingfaith.
Here’s a few drawings of the project for those who are interested!
Fifty years of history. One unchanging mission.
Whether Miracle Camp impacted your life 5 weeks, 5 months, 5 years or 5 decades ago, we remain committed to facilitating life change by helping people grow closer to Jesus and supporting the ministry of the local church.
We are humbled by the impact Miracle Camp has had on the kingdom. When we look back at what God has done, we see glimpses of His goodness and a constant stream of lives impacted. A stream that we know creates a ripple effect on the kingdom; people who have crossed the line of faith, accepted their call into ministry, or had their faith strengthened and then impact others for Christ. We believe God has positioned this place to be a catalyst that impacts the world for Christ.
As you reflect on how God has impacted your life, and thousands of other lives, please prayerfully consider joining us in this mission with a gift. You will be making a significant Kingdom investment. Miracle Camp depends upon the voluntary generosity of affiliate churches and supporting individuals. Your gifts help us share the hope that is found in Jesus, impact lives for the kingdom, and strengthen the ministry of the local church.
To make a secure gift online, please visit www.miraclecamp.com/giving.
After a busy summer, there is no time to rest
I am in awe of the impact Miracle Camp has had on the kingdom. When we look back at what God has done, we can see glimpses of His goodness and a constant stream of lives impacted. A stream that we know creates a ripple effect on the kingdom; people who have crossed the line of faith, accepted their call into ministry, or had their faith strengthened and then impact others for Christ.
So far this year we had the opportunity to serve and share Jesus with:
- Over 1,600 students in 9 weeks at Summer camp
- 759 men in 4 weeks at Man Camp
- 2,639 Junior High and High School students at 9 weeks of Ice Camp
- 395 women in 2 weeks at Women’s Retreat
- 4,236 lives through guest group visits
All lives that matter to Jesus and all opportunities to impact our world for Christ.
One such example, comes from one of our summer campers. Looking at him you would not be fully aware of the hurt in his life. Parents going through divorce, he daily feels the pressure of hurt and believed he was alone. Throughout his week at summer camp, he realized he was not alone and heard about the love of Jesus. “He loved anything and everything at camp, he loved all of his cabin mates so much, and he started to love God.” – His camp counselor.
During our one week with this camper, we could not change his home life, but we were able to share Jesus and show him the firm foundation that can be found in Him.
That is the power of camp. One would think that with Summer Camp over, we get to rest. That is not the case and our service continues every weekend throughout the rest of the year.
How does this affect our vision:
Our hope and prayer is that our programs are not for our benefit. We desire to aide the local church in its ministry and disciple its people. Furthermore, we want to create space and events that facilitate the local church’s mission to bond its people together around Jesus, in order to form relationships that produce discipleship. As Iron sharpens Iron, they can live life together and spur each other on in love.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Miracle Camp depends upon the generous and voluntary support of affiliate churches and supporting individuals. Your gifts help us share the hope that is found in Jesus, impact lives for the kingdom, and strengthen the ministry of the local church.
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.
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:
- 1,481 Summer Camps
- 205 Service Camps
- 385 Family Camps
- 136 Marriage Retreats
- 106 Parent/Child Retreats
- 2,639 Ice Camps (2016)
- 759 Man Camp (2016)
- 395 Women’s Retreat (2016)
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!
Jonathan L. Hyde, Executive Director