2012 is almost to a close. We have had a great year at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. God has blessed us in many ways. We served more than 13,000 people from churches in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana as well as a few other midwest states. More information is available in our annual year end newsletter.
Here is a video of much that happens at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center throughout a year and why there is such incredible benefit to a retreat or week at camp!
At Miracle Camp and Retreat Center, we are constantly striving to improve EVERYTHING – even the things under the surface. We know that sometimes it’s what goes on behind the scenes that makes everything successful. That’s why this week our maintenance team is working on a storm water drainage system to help us control erosion and grow beautiful grass around campus. While this seems like a small thing, we think it will really impact the beauty of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center and make your experience here even better!
The day before men’s retreat here at Miracle Camp more than 60 men helped us with many work projects. One of those projects was roofing the chapel entirely in one day! That’s 94 square of shingles in an entire day! The men did great work and saved Miracle Camp more than $10,000 in labor costs! Thanks to all these men for donating their time and skills! What a great accomplishment!
An ice storm this past weekend damaged a few trees around the camp and retreat center here in Michigan, but no huge damage occurred. On the plus side…the trees were decorated in a beautiful way. Here is what the Michigan back roads looked like on the way to the retreat center. The trees at the camp and retreat center were most beautiful early morning and late evening when the sun was rising and setting.
So for those of you coming up this weekend for Ice Camp from Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, you’re in for a real treat!
The year isn’t over yet and Christmas lights are still hanging! If you haven’t had a chance to donate to our Christmas catalog, please take a minute to look it over now. You’ll be just in time to make our Christmas and for the end of the year donations!
Visit www.miraclecamp.com/christmas to donate now!
All donations benefit Miracle Camp and Retreat Center, a non-profit Christian camp in Michigan. We serve churches, families, and youth across the midwest in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Events include year round retreats, church retreats, youth retreats, and Christian summer camps.
We want to take a few moments to say Merry Christmas and thanks so much for everyone’s support this year! We had a great year and enjoyed watching God work in the lives of many people at various retreats and camps here in Michigan.
We look forward to seeing many of you in this coming year!
At Miracle Camp and Retreat Center we have many reasons to be thankful. Foremost, is the fact that God continues to bless our efforts to provide a camp and retreat program that honors Him and helps the Church. We are thankful for you, every family, and every church that makes a choice to actively participate in the Miracle Camp ministry. Your attendance at retreats, financial support and volunteer efforts are truly what sustain us and the camps that happen each summer, winter, spring, and fall.
Miracle Camp continues to successfully accomplish the vitally important mission of creating opportunities for people to draw close to God in a retreat environment. It is said, “Miracle Camp is a place where lives are changed.” This truth is often testified to by people of all ages who find that this is the special place and facility God chooses to speak into their hearts.
Critical to continuing success is our ability to offer quality Christian camp and retreat opportunities that are affordable for a wide array of families. As costs and fees continue to rise families find it more difficult to afford coming to camp. The staff and volunteers work very hard at being good stewards of the available resources and make every effort to keep expenses as low as possible.
In addition to this effort we need your help. Participation fees cover most but not all of the operating budget. To close the gap we depend on the generous support of Miracle Camp friends. The contributions budget for this year is $110,000. Many families have already contributed to this effort in a variety of ways. Every gift is important and appreciated. We always recognize and acknowledge that every family has different stewardship responsibilities and capacities. Our request is simply that every family would understand the need and respond as they are able.
Please visit our donation page at www.miraclecamp.com/support to prayerfully consider your participation. Please join us in praying for the ministry and asking God to direct every effort that we make.
We all have much to be thankful for, but nothing more precious that the gift of the Christ child. Please accept my personal best wishes for a Christmas celebration filled with quiet joy and comforting peace.
Dale Boone, Executive Director
Dale and Jason had the great opportunity to get away at Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, NC, for a great conference of Christian summer camps and retreat centers from across the United States. It was a great time of refreshment and getting ideas for the future.
Here’s some of the things we picked up from the conference…
- Fireplaces are awesome – we definitely need more fireplaces around Miracle Camp and Retreat Center as these provide a great congregating and meeting space for groups during their retreat.
- Alignment – everything we do must align with our core values – our biggest mission is creating a place where people can connect with God, whether that be a summer camp, a personal retreat, a church retreat, or one of our sponsored retreats or conferences. We need to ensure (and we think it is) that this is the forefront of EVERYTHING!
Anyway…just as it was good for us to get away and have a retreat…we really think it’s good for you to do that as well. Retreats are important to your spiritual and physical health! Take time for one today!