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Update on the Evergreen Project!

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We are getting closer and closer to our $300,000 matching goal! So far, we have raised over $231,000 since early December! We want to thank you all so much for your generosity and support. As you can see, we have already begun dropping trees around the Evergreen building as we prepare for the renovation. We are so excited to see everything coming together! However, we still need your help in raising $69,000 more this year. Any gift, whether big or small, goes a long way in helping us serve others and continue to preach Jesus to thousands every year!

If you would like to give a financial gift, you can visit http://www.miraclecamp.com/giving/.

We again thank you all so much for your financial and prayerful support!

Over Half Way to Our $300,000 Matching Goal!

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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.

To make a secure gift online, please visit www.miraclecamp.com/giving. For those interested in assisting in the construction, please contact Larry@miraclecamp.com.

 

Thank you for responding with joyful generosity!

In His Arms,

Jonathan L. Hyde

Executive Director

Announcing: Matching Gift Opportunity

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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!

Announcing: The Evergreen Project

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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.

For more information about the Evergreen Project please visit our Keeping Faith page.

RELEASE: Annual Ministry Report

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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.

Our hope and prayer is that our camp and retreat programs and our facilities are not for our benefit.

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:

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!

Respectfully submitted,

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Jonathan L. Hyde, Executive Director

GIVE. IMPACT A LIFE.

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YOUR DONATION DOUBLED

We have graciously received a $100,000 matching gift for the Maple Ridge expansion and a $200,000 matching gift for the Oakwood Chapel renovation.

EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE IS NOW WORTH TWO DOLLARS.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THESE GIFTS!

The Keeping Faith campaign is an ambitious project that will allow us to better serve our guests and fulfill our calling. We strive to connect to people’s hearts and prepare them to listen to Jesus. The Gerber’s story is one example:

Maple Ridge

The Maple Ridge expansion will add a meeting space that can accommodate up to 175 people; this will allow us to house guests in Maple Ridge and Evergreen and provide them with a place to meet.

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In Matthew 28, Jesus commands His followers to go and make disciples. In this passage, He gives them authority and power to accomplish His spiritual work and lead the church. But this authority is not a power to take the land with the sword; it is something much more complicated. Their job was to connect to people’s hearts, and prepare people to listen to Jesus. The point of this passage is ingrained in what we do at Miracle Camp.

Worship

The Oakwood Chapel renovation will develop and transform the entire facility. This expansion will allow us to accommodate up to 600 people and will remodel the existing meeting space so that we can have multiple meeting rooms.

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Home made encouragement cards

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Did you know that the majority of people have words of affirmation as one of their love languages.  Another way to say this is that most people like hearing words of encouragement.  We did a study with our Michigan Christian summer camp staff and found that 70-80% of them prefer words of encouragement to other forms of appreciation.  1 Thess 5:11 says “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up just as in fact you are doing.”  Never underestimate the power of a word of encouragement.  Here’s a fun, creative idea to encourage people.  Make a homemade card with specialty paper from Joann Fabric.  Put a verse on the front and write a note of encouragement on the inside.  It will make someone’s day!

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New Storm Water Drainage

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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!

Interested in volunteering at Miracle Camp and helping us with projects like this?  View our volunteer page or contact us for more information!

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New Entrance Completed, New Hockey Rink Finished

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We recently completed a new entrance to Miracle Camp and Retreat Center.  The next time you drive here you will see that our entrance has been simplified into one large entrance that will work for charter busses as well as making the entrance and exit safer for cars.  We installed 10 main street light poles with banners, built two new signs, added lanscaping, and hope that these additions will improve our hospitality and create a great first impression for our guests.

We also just finished construction of our hockey rink on the Back 40 side of the road.  We are excited to use this this summer for roller hockey as well as flood the rink for ice hockey in the winter.  We are currently in the process of installing 45 foot poles to light the athletic fields, the hockey rink, outdoor basketball courts, waterfront, and the mini golf course.