Letter from the Board
Recently, Center Lake Bible Camp celebrated 60 years of effective ministry. Little did we know then that we would soon be facing such challenging times. The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on camps around the country, including Center Lake. Our goal remains to advance God’s kingdom with a vibrant and effective camping and retreat ministry, but we need your help to navigate this unprecedented storm and thrive again on the other side of it.
In response to our greatly reduced income we have cut costs wherever possible including the recent reduction of most of our staff to 20% of their regular hours. Despite their reduced hours, the staff has been working hard to book outside rental groups for the remainder of the summer. We also benefited from temporary funding from Converge MidAmerica and some churches and individuals are donating the funds they would have used for summer camp or camp scholarships.
The opportunities are great but the need is urgent. To navigate the rough waters ahead, we need to raise $250,000 to carry us through until the next summer season. These funds would allow us to continue an effective ministry through the fall and winter, prepare for a renewed spring and summer, and hire a permanent camp director that can lead us into the future. We will need the generosity of many people to reach this goal. Will you help us by making a generous donation to Center Lake Bible Camp by September 1? You can donate at www.centerlake.org/giving or by using the enclosed envelope.
In addition to giving we ask that you:
Share this urgent need with your church missions team and other individuals.
Pray for the camp staff who have been greatly impacted yet continue to serve with diligence and creativity.
Pray for the guest groups and individuals who are continuing to use the camp in a limited capacity.
Pray for a camp director who will lead us through these challenging times.
Thank God for the generous gift that helped us reroof the chapel this summer.
If you have any questions or want more information about how you can help Center Lake move forward you can contact the camp, our Interim Camp Director, Tim Woelkers (586.634.8697) or reach out to me directly.
Thank you for your love for the Lord and CLBC.