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Annual Appeal Letter

Dear Friends,

As we wrapped up this 70th year of ministry in August at Mt. Gilead, and as I write this annual appeal to you, the word faithfulness is on my heart. With some quick averaging, 70 years is the equivalent of 28,000 campers who have heard the gospel message on these grounds. 2,100 evening campfires with prayer, worship, testimonies, and messages from alumnae, summer staff, and guest speakers have been shared together. Seventy years of singing in the dining hall while cleaning up after every one of the 7,140 meals (“hopping, slopping, scraping”!) Seventy years of new lifelong friendships were made, and over 2,000 staff members have encouraged campers and led activities summer after summer. I could go on and on, but for me, faithfulness is the only word I know that can describe God’s blessing on Mt. Gilead Camp. 

We are so thankful to God as we reflect on his goodness and faithfulness over the years. Isaiah 25:1 says, “Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.”  This past summer, our “post-pandemic” number of campers returned to normal, and we are so grateful to be ministering at total capacity. We look forward to another large summer next year!

As a non-profit ministry, every year, we ask our friends and family to help support the ongoing mission at Mt. Gilead Camp. Our mission is to offer an affordable week at camp that strengthens and encourages young ladies in their walk with God. 

In 2024, we again hope to grow our scholarship program while facing the significant nationwide inflation we have all experienced in 2023. Propane, electricity, gas/diesel, and summer camp food climbed higher than most of us would have anticipated. This added to a loss of much-needed income which would have gone towards our scholarship program and other costs like facility maintenance and summer staff payroll.

All donations to Mt. Gilead Camp are tax-deductible and can be made using the enclosed envelope or online at our website. Thank you for supporting such a vital ministry for this generation of young women! May you also see the faithfulness of our Lord in your life this new year, just as we have here at Mt. Gilead Camp!

In Christ,

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. 

Inflation: In 2023, inflation rose over 7% effecting our annual utilities and food costs for our summer camp program. Any donation made towards our Giving Tuesday Campaign and our December Annual Appeal will help lessen the burden on our non-profit as we enter into 2024. We have set a goal of 30K in November/December, and we are praying we will surpass that. 

Physical Needs:

VEHICLES: Mt. Gilead is in need of a road worthy 7 Passenger SUV or Minivan which would be used for staff to pickup building supplies, tow equipment, and for transportation purposes year-round.

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 Summer 2022, Mt. Gilead awarded over $15,000 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 approximately 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 2023, 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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