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Wonder What Would It Be Like to Work at Miracle Camp?

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My name is Eric Rupp, and I am currently serving as the Youth Program Director at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. One of the highlights of my job is overseeing the summer camp program each year—a program that changed my life a few years ago…

I was about five or six years old the first time I got to experience Miracle Camp. My dad was a volunteer bus driver for our church and my family and I often rode along with him to drop kids off for their week of summer camp. On those Sundays, I got an up-close glimpse of Miracle Camp: the smiles of joy on campers’ faces, the beautiful lake, the amazing activities, and of course, how incredible the staff seemed. I could not wait until I was old enough to go to camp myself.

My first time actually attending Miracle Camp was when I was in third grade—and it was everything I hoped it would be! I quickly realized, though, that the thing that made Miracle Camp special was not the fun, the energy, or the games (though all of that was awesome!), but that God worked in this place. Every day, I had time set aside for reading my Bible, memorizing verses, cabin devotions, and chapel sessions. I felt like I learned more about God in this one week than the whole rest of the year! This was different than anything I had ever experienced before—everyone at Miracle Camp was excited about knowing God more and living in a way that glorifies him. The college counselors that modeled this in their lives were a huge encouragement and blessing to me in my faith.

This growth carried over into my life once I got home from Camp. I was genuinely excited to go to church and read my Bible for myself. I will always be extremely thankful to my parents and my church for making it possible for me to go to Miracle Camp.

Miracle Camp quickly became a second home to me. I developed friendships with people from different churches all across the midwest, and I looked forward to seeing them each time I came back. I attended many retreats all through junior high and high school and eventually got to serve on staff for four summers while I was in college. Those four years I served on summer staff absolutely changed my life. I still look back on those summers fondly and to this day they are some of my favorite memories of all time.

As I reflect on my summer staff experience, I have to say that it was the greatest leadership training I ever received—and none of it took place in the classroom. I learned it all through actually leading. Each and every day, I was challenged to die to myself and put other staff and campers’ needs above my own. I worked longer and harder than any other time in my life, and I had to work through a lot of mistakes as I figured out what did and didn’t work.

The lessons I learned weren’t the only thing—the people I worked with back then are now my closest friends that I know I’ll have for a lifetime. And the ways that I grew to trust God more during each of those summers have formed me into the man of faith that I am today.

I know that working at summer camp is not the only place God works or teaches these lessons, but I also know how incredible my own experience working on summer staff was and how much I learned and grew as result. So for those reasons, I hope everyone considers working at summer camp at some point!

To give you a little taste of what working on summer staff is like, check out this video of the 2016 Summer Staff!

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: Sydney’s Story

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This week’s Keeping Faith Rewind is Sydney’s story. Sydney has been a summer camp attendee for the past 9 years and counting. She’s an example of students whose whole lives have been impacted and shaped by the ministry of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. Enjoy rewatching Sydney’s story.

As you do, remember that we have just announced a $300,000 matching gift opportunity that will allow more campers like Sydney to attend events like summer camp or youth group winter retreat each year.

Keeping Faith Rewind: Emma’s Story

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This week’s Keeping Faith Rewind is Emma’s Story. This story is from Emma’s experience at summer camp several years ago.

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, these stories remind us of all we have to be grateful for in the ministry of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center. We are so thankful to God for all the lives He changes on this small piece of property.

We’re also really thankful to all of you who, through your prayers and support, make stories like this possible.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and enjoy Emma’s story!

Work at Miracle Camp this Summer

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We are now accepting applications to work at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center this summer! We hire 50 college students each summer to work as a team to help facilitate life change by helping campers grow closer to God. Here’s some of the skills we will be looking for…

  • Counselor
  • Hospitality
  • Lifeguard
  • Camp Store
  • Craft Shack
  • Photographer
  • Maintenance
  • Office Help
  • Videographer
  • Health Assistant
  • Outdoor Adventure

So what are you waiting for? Visit our summer camp staff page for more information and to apply to work as a summer camp counselor in Michigan!

If you’re still not convinced…well…just take a look at one of last year’s summer staff creations…

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: Jesse Kahler

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This week’s Keeping Faith Rewind is Jesse Kahler’s story. Jesse is the lead pastor of Archbold Evangelical Church in Archbold, Ohio, and has been one of our favorite speakers for the past 8 years at high school summer camps and winter retreats for youth groups. Jesse has been a youth pastor and has brought many students to camp before his time as a senior pastor.

So enjoy the video below as Jesse gives his perspective on the ministry of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center.

What we do when it’s not summer…the same thing!

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446A8738-XLAfter 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.

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