Mountain View Bible Camp
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Thoughts From The Administrator's Desk

Fall 2018

J Stassel

Dear friends of Mountain View,

Every day there is something to do at camp. Some days are busy with campers, staff and programs. Other days are filled with maintenance and construction. Though the face of daily ministry may change, the focus of reaching and discipling individuals does not.

Over the years, there has been a very large financial investment in camp in order to provide well maintained facilities. As we continue to review each ministry opportunity and consider new ones, facility modifications and new construction play an important role in future plans.

Did you know that camp is utilized 10 to 12 weeks each summer and 75% of weekends the balance of the year; and much of that is with rental groups? What this means is that camp staff are busy cleaning, planning and maintaining facilities all year long with very little down time. Food service happens at every camp session, not just the MVBC sponsored ones. Your help in serving in these areas is always appreciated. Whether it is volunteering in food service, cleaning, construction or maintenance, there is always something to be done.

Right now, we are cutting dead trees along the main driveway in and out of camp. After 3 power outages this year already due to falling trees and limbs, it was time to get more proactive and remove them. We are also busy working on construction of the two new duplex cabins and maintaining a number of other areas. During the off camp season, life rarely runs at a slower pace than the summer programs, it’s just different.

With all the active projects going on at camp, there is a greater need for additional funding. Duplex 2 is 99% complete with a financial need of $1,000 to reach completion. Duplex 3 is 55% complete with a financial need of $45,000 to reach completion. Additional maintenance on the Hardwood Lodge and other projects will be scheduled as time and funds are available.

Right now, camp does have an urgent need for funds. Camp is presently carrying a debt of $35,000 on a line of credit. This credit line was established to help balance out the ebbs and flows of normal cash flow during the year, and especially during times of construction. We would love to have Duplex 3 ready for use by May 2019, in time for the summer camp programs and Missions-In-Focus. The current financial need is prohibiting progress toward this goal.

Some may ask, why expend all this time, money and energy on a facility? It is all about reaching the lost at any cost. Since camp celebrated it’s 50th anniversary in August, we are thankful to look back and review the countless lives that have been touched both this year and in the past. Numerous individuals have asked Jesus to be their Lord and Savior. Many individuals have been helped in their walk with the Lord. How many lives have been touched because of this active ministry, only Heaven knows. It will be revealed one day when the Lord returns. Until then, those of us involved in the daily activities of camp, the Board of Trustees and the many volunteers who serve alongside of us, desire to remain focused to press on to the final goal of faithful ministry.

Pray often for this ministry. Should the Lord direct you to help financially support this growing work or volunteer in service, please let us know. God continues to do great things at and through this ministry.

Thank you for your partnership.

Jonathan Stassel

Camp Administrator

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