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2020 Annual Appeal Letter

Dear Mt. Gilead Family,

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you are tired of hearing and seeing the words COVID & Coronavirus? Me too. A global pandemic was the last thing I anticipated being my focus in 2020 for Mt. Gilead Camp. As you can imagine, 2020 was a discouraging year for our small ministry as well as many other ministries that focus (and rely) on large groups gathering together in community. Almost all in-person programming for 2020 was canceled this year at Mt. Gilead, including our entire summer camp program.

As the Executive Director here at Mt. Gilead, I find myself (and this ministry) in a new and vulnerable position we have not been in before. Don’t get me wrong, our small ministry has always been vulnerable, and only by the grace of God are we still ministering and serving young girls after 68 years. But this year, it feels different. Our vulnerability this year was not due to anything we could control. It was not due to any sort of poor planning, lack of fundraising, or lack of growth on our part as a non-profit. This pandemic arrived just as our spring season was beginning, and Mt. Gilead Camp, just like so many families, businesses, and ministries out there, got hit really hard.

Despite life not turning out the way we all thought it would this year, I believe God is at work through this situation. We teach it to our campers every week at camp, and we want to live this out now.

James 1:2-6 says: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

As humans, we forget how vulnerable we are. God uses trials in our life to change our perspective because we are often unaware of how closely we are held by His grace. If we have a clear perspective on trials, it will build hope and confidence in our relationship with Christ. The hard truth is that God never minimizes the severity of the trials we will face. Our choice in life will sometimes be between suffering with hope or suffering without hope. That’s why James makes the jump between suffering and wisdom in the above verse. 

If there is one message I can leave with this letter, it is that God longs to come alongside Mt. Gilead Camp as a ministry during its trials. God longs to come alongside me as a director, a father, and a husband during my trials. Our message to you (as our extended family) is: HAVE HOPE – God is at work in you. God longs to come alongside you during your trials (even if that may be the entire year of 2020), and if you turn to Him and believe you have not been forsaken, you will come out with stronger faith and walking closer with Christ than ever before! 

Thank you for your ongoing love and support for Mt. Gilead Camp. We will see you in Summer 2021, and we can’t wait to see how God will move in Mt. Gilead Camp next year!

Sincerely,

Adam Todd,  Executive Director

Our Current Needs

Mt. Gilead is a 501c3 non-profit organization and we rely on donations from supporters like you to help keep our summer camp tuition as affordable as possible while covering our annual operating budget, utility bills, property taxes, facility maintenance as well as our growing scholarship program. 

COVID-19 Financial Loss: This year Mt. Gilead has lost tens-of-thousands in annual income (due to canceled summer camp and retreat groups) which would annually go towards the items listed above. Any donation made towards our December Annual Appeal will help lessen the burden on our non-profit as we enter into 2021. We have set a goal of 30K in December, and are praying we will surpass that. 

We're A Non-Profit
Why are we a non-profit? Because we feel a Christian camp is a mission field.

Studies show the impact summer camp can have in a young person’s life today has never been more desperately needed. Many teens today know they are addicted to their phones and social media, but lack the skills or opportunities to break their habits. This new cultural development is creating the most connected, yet loneliest generation we have ever seen in the United States. Many girls today live in constant comparison to one another, never feeling adequate or worth their true value. A week or more at Mt. Gilead Camp is an opportunity to leave the phone and media at home, make new, genuine friends, and meet God right in the middle of His creation. Girls leave Mt. Gilead knowing that they are wonderfully made and that their true value comes from God, and is in God alone. Our mission of keeping our camper tuition as low as possible every summer comes at a cost and we rely on support from churches, families, alumni, and friends like yourself to keep this “camper first” mission a reality.

The ultimate goal of Mt. Gilead Camp is to come alongside parents and churches to assist with teaching core values that young women must learn in order to make wise, biblically-centered decisions as they grow up in today’s culture. We put this mission first in everything we do, from staff hiring to staff training, to how we design our activities and bible study times at camp. A week at camp can change a life forever, that’s why Mt. Gilead offers scholarships to girls who could not otherwise afford a week at camp.

Our Scholarships
In 2019, Mt. Gilead awarded over $12,000 in camper scholarships. This allowed girls who otherwise could not have attended a week at our Christ-centered camp to not only to see and feel the love and acceptance of our amazing staff, but to hear the life-saving message of Christ’s sacrificial love and desire to have a personal relationship with each one of us.
Our Dedicated Staff & Mission
We hear from our parents year after year how amazing our staff members are. From our seasoned camp leadership to our youngest high school support staff, the love of Christ is represented daily to our young campers. At a crucial time in her life, the contagious love that a staff member exhibits at camp often reaches a young girl’s heart in a way no one else can. Sometimes young girls need to see God’s love outside of the distractions found at school and home, and sometimes they need to hear God’s promises affirmed from someone in addition to a pastor or parent.

Out of 75+ employment applications a year, Mt. Gilead will hire 5 – 10 new staff members.  Our smaller size and high employee/volunteer return rate leads to a unified staff that breaks our young campers’ perceptions of how people compare, judge and sometimes pressure each other on a daily basis. A week at Mt. Gilead is a week of acceptance, love, and ultimately, growth.

Please Consider Monthly Giving

Please pray and consider investing monthly into the lives of all those who will be touched by the ministry of Mt. Gilead this coming year. By giving monthly in 2021, you will be a vital, on-going part of God’s plan for the future of this dedicated ministry and the individuals who attend our programming.

Regular monthly donations reduce administrative time and costs, allowing your generous gifts to go even further, and enabling us to budget for repairs and maintenance. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter, no matter the size of the gift.

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