Help us complete the Evergreen Project!
As part of Miracle Camp and Retreat Center’s (MCRC) financial sustainability initiative, the Evergreen Project helps us meet the needs of the groups we are currently turning away due to lack of space. While MCRC has 400+ beds, one of our weaknesses is available meeting spaces; we only have two large meeting rooms. That means that while we can comfortably host two church groups of 100-125 each, those groups will potentially only fill about 250 beds, leaving 150 beds empty.
More importantly, the Evergreen Project allows us to share the love of Jesus with the next generation. The new Evergreen building will expand MCRC’s summer camp capacity and will enable us to sleep 118 girl summer campers, 100 boy summer campers, 28 camp aides, and 52 summer staff. This is compared to our previous numbers of 108 girl summer campers, 88 boy summer campers, 22 camp aides, and 47 summer staff. That means more lives touched with the love of Jesus!
But, we need your help. Initially, we expected to be able to fully pay for the building with the cash from the $800,000 in donations we received during the primary campaign. Thank you for the support that has brought us to this point! Unfortunately, a disagreement between state and county regulators added $425,000 to the cost of the project midway through the build. These added costs raised the Evergreen Project’s construction costs from $800,000 to $1.25 million. As such, we are working to make up the difference.
Thankfully, we were able to work with the Christian Service Foundation (CSF) and attain a loan of $425,000. These funds will hopefully allow us to finish Evergreen’s construction by summer camp. While I am thankful CSF has made these funds available to us, I desire to use as little of those funds as possible. Our prayer is that we will be able to raise most of these funds before occupancy.
We are excited to announce a $100,000 gift-matching opportunity. By God’s grace, we have been able to line up donors who will match all Keeping Faith contributions until June 30.
The stories of lives changed are more than I can count; from decisions to follow Christ, to growth and encouragement, to repentance from persistent sin. I cannot emphasize enough the eternal impact your generosity is making possible. Thank you for helping us support the ministry of the local church and for helping us set the stage so that the love and message of Jesus can shape hearts.
Keep faithful. Keep praying. And, thank you for supporting!
Jonathan L. Hyde