Thank you for your support of Greenview Bible Camp in 2016.
During the summer of 2016 we ran eight different camp sessions and hosted approximately 200 day campers and another 175 resident campers. In addition, there were about 20 high school students, 10 college students and close to 20 adults who either worked or volunteered at camp. We had the opportunity to impact many young people with the Gospel and saw many make a profession of faith or grow in the Lord as a result of their time at camp.
We partnered with a variety of groups such as Release Time, Crossfire Ministries, Lancaster County Christian School, the Police Athletic League from Lancaster, and an Inner City Word of Life Club from Reading. In addition to the traditional summer camp programs, we hosted a wedding, three wedding receptions, two church picnics and a number of event type activities sponsored by either the camp or local churches.
During the period of time from October through December, we hosted seven weekend retreats, eight family holiday parties and a number of fall events and hay rides. 2015 was our busiest fall ever and 2016 eclipsed all of 2015’s numbers.
Looking ahead to the months of January through May we expect to continue being busy hosting retreats (in what we think is one of the most peaceful retreat centers in Pennsylvania) and events as well as groups that use the gym in our Sensenig Activity Center. An Open House is being planned for May. We would encourage you to bring kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and friends to camp that day. We cannot reach young people with the Gospel and help them grow in the faith unless we spend time with them!
The biggest change in 2016 was the addition of Jon Rohrbaugh as a full-time staff member. The camp board began a search in the fall for 2015 for additional staff. After looking at staff needs and identifying responsibilities, they created a job description, spoke with candidates, and issued a call to Jon to join us as a full-time missionary at Greenview.
Jon has worked with us on a part-time or seasonal basis for almost 10 years. His first official day in his new position was January 1st 2016. During his first year, Jon has served as the primary person responsible for maintenance at camp and as our summer camp program director. Jon has begun the process of raising support and has raised about 75% of his goal for 2017. He is still looking for a few partners who would contribute $25, $50 or $75 a month to his support this year. Would you pray about this need?
There are a number of ways you can help us now.
For the second year in a row we have a special opportunity for you to help our ministry. Last year generous donors provided $25,000 in matching money for all gifts made to the building fund during the month of February. Because of that matching money and the giving it generated we were able to significantly reduce our mortgage principle. We are pleased to announce that this year we will have access to another $25,000 in matching money for building fund gifts in February.
With the money raised this year we want to make upgrades to Cedar Lodge and pay on the mortgage principle. The upgrades include adding air conditioning, adding to the existing heating system and replacement of windows and doors.
Can you help us reach that goal? Each dollar you give will be matched. Simply write Nehemiah or Building Fund in the memo line of your check and make sure we receive it by February 28th.
Let us know if you have questions. Thanks again for your support!
Steven E Rohrbaugh
Director, Greenview Bible Camp