The Demands of Camp Ministry
"What a challenging summer for some of our British Columbia camps! With forest fires disrupting plans at Lake of the Trees Bible Camp, our missionaries were evacuated for 15 days, forcing the cancellation of three weeks of camp."
September 5, 2017
July 22, 2017—We've been packing all evening with 34 folks on site, eight vehicles, two travel trailers, two cargo trailers, lots of food, cook stoves, and every gas container filled and loaded. We don't know where we're headed, just east and south to get around the 100 Mile House area. Our main road is blocked, so we will take a detour to bring us through the Inter Lakes on Hwy. 24. Please pray for direction, provision, wisdom, and God's peace as we go.
- Tom and Jody McIntosh, Directors of Lake of the Trees Bible Camp (near 100 Mile House, B.C.)
What a challenging summer for some of our British Columbia camps! With forest fires disrupting plans at Lake of the Trees Bible Camp, our missionaries were evacuated for 15 days, forcing the cancellation of three weeks of camp.
As distressing as this news was, we were encouraged by our missionaries’ resilience. When the authorities permitted, Tom and Jody and crew returned to attack the gruelling task of readying the facilities for campers and extending their weeks of ministry. Even though the fire did not reach the camp, smoke took its toll on buildings, creating a week’s worth of hard labour.
Camp ministry is demanding. Just this year alone, One Hope Canada camps across the nation fled from forest fires, faced harsh weather, shortages of summer staff, and campers with troubled life circumstances.
Because of your prayers and support, Tom and Jody McIntosh—along with our nationwide team of 144 year-round missionaries and 3,800 summer volunteers—have strengthened spirits and renewed resolve.
Did you know readers like you played a vital role in this summer ministry?
By praying for the ministry and partnering with us, you helped make it possible for our 40 camps to clearly proclaim the Gospel to more than 18,000 children and youth. Thank you!
Two thoughts weigh on our minds as we go into this fall.
The first is the brokenness of our country, particularly in our children and young people. Our missionaries tell story after story of how fractured homes and substance abuse are shredding the lives of our nation’s youth. A week at a One Hope Canada camp is often a young person’s first time of seeing healthy relationships and hearing of real hope found in Jesus. These children frequently come back summer after summer—many eventually as summer missionaries—proof of God’s power through the Gospel.
The second is our fiscal year end on September 30. At the start of this year, we anticipated a decline in gifts for the general fund, due in part to a large single gift in 2016. In light of this, we cut expenses and lowered overhead by 11%.
Despite these measures, we anticipate a $32,000 shortfall in general fund giving for 2017.
We believe God can and will meet this need as people pray. Would you join us in praying and considering how God would have you respond?
Last year at this time, we requested help in covering legal costs, as we navigated complex cultural challenges that exist in Canada today. We praise God that this need was met through the generous response of His people.
We are equally confident that God will once again supply through His people.
Your continued and faithful support keeps us encouraged and moving ahead. Our hearts are filled with gratitude and anticipation of what God will do.
Partners in the Gospel with you,
Bill and Bev McCaskell
National Director Team
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