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Introducing the Online Store!!

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We are so excited to announce that we have officially opened our Online Store! After hours of hard work, we have been able to bring the Trading Post to you! From the beloved water bottles, stuffed animals, and hacki sacs to our brand new crew neck sweatshirts, there is something for everyone to enjoy from our store. If you are looking for a great christmas present or are simply looking to sport some sick MC apparel, check out our store on our website. To view the store, click here or go to www.miraclecamp.com/store!

PRICE FREEZE for 2018!

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Because of your continued support and generosity, we are able to freeze the 2018 prices for all programmed events! This means that the prices for the 2017 programmed events will be the same in 2018!

We want to see as many guests come to camp to hear the message of Jesus Christ as possible and this price freeze is just one of the ways we are trying to provide more opportunities for guests to be able to come.

For more information on any of our events, visit www.miraclecamp.com!

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!

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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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

Meet our 2016 Summer Staff

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We are now two days into summer camp and are having a great time. Campers are hearing the Bible taught in a relevant way and of course, any week of summer camp is always filled with fun.

We wanted to send you a sheet that includes all of our staff for this summer. We would love it if you would pray for a different one each day, that God would give them strength, that God would work through them and in them, and that they our ministry would be safe and effective this summer.

Thanks so much for joining our team by lifting us up in prayer!

If you would like to download a PDF of these summer staff pictures to print and hang on your wall as a reminder just click the link below:

Download – 2016 Face Sheet Final

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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.

KEEPING-FAITH-MID-PHOTOS

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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