I think that we all can say that this year has truly taken an unexpected turn of events. The past 8 months have been a time filled with with many uncertainties and have raised many questions for the future. So far here at Bethany Camp, we have had to cancel our spring events and retreats, summer youth camps for kids in grades 3-12, cancel most of our fall rental groups due to regulations, and postpone projects and other facility updates that are going on around the camp. It has been by God’s grace that we have been able to host most of our Fall Retreats and Events as well as have held our 3 Family Camps for this summer. We also have received an outpouring of love and support through monetary and volunteer donations as well as the reception of many prayers during this difficult time and we could not be more thankful for all your support!
With that being said, we still have a long ways to go to recover from the setbacks we have faced from this pandemic. With the reality of having to cancel more events and rental groups in the winter and possibly even some summer programs looming over us, we have decided to launch a fundraising intiative in order to raise the funds necessary to help us get back on track with our Moving Forward Campaign. This campaign will be launched on Giving Tuesday this year (December 1st, 2020) and will last for the rest of that week. How this works is on our website, you can find a donation page under the “Get Involved” tab. There you can choose to create or sign in to an account where you can choose to donate now and if you ever feel led to give again in the future, then all of your information will be stored, or you can choose to donate as a guest. Just click the link that suits you best. You can also give through our Facebook Donation Campaign that we will be posting on December 1st, or you can simply send us a check in the mail.
We understand that this past year has been tough on many families. While a lot of our support is needed in a financial manner, what we do here at Bethany Camp could not be accomplished without your prayers. If you are unable to give financially, we ask that you and your families pray for the continued ministry here at Bethany Camp. Some of the major prayer requests we have our listed below.
- New cabin (Raise financial support to complete this project in a timely manner)
- Winter Season : Pray that we can host our rental groups and have our Annual Blizzard
- Our Campers : Pray that our campers (especially the youth) will continually seek to strengthen their relationship with God, and those that do not yet know Him will make the decision to put their hope and trust in Him.
- Summer Camp : Please pray that we will be able to hold a full and normal summer camp this year.
These are just a few examples of the current prayer requests that we have. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support during these troubling times. We are so blessed to be surrounded by a group of people who care and love this place that God has given us and want to be a part of "Creating an Environment for Spiritual Growth and Change" in our ministry. If you have any questions about this or just want to talk to one of us to find out what God has been doing here, please call the camp office at 716-287-2848.
We are officially beginning the process of building a new cabin! This cabin will be the current replacement for both Oak and Pine, which have both reached the end of their time. This new cabin will be located in the backmost part of our designated cabin area behind the newly built Cherry Hollow. It will have a total of 7 rooms, 6 rooms for campers to stay in and 1 apartment for interns and pastors to stay in throughout the offseason. This cabin gives the opportunity to host a smaller group of about 50 people while there is another larger retreat group using the other cabins. Please pray for the construction of this cabin and the safety of all of those who will be assisting us in this project. We still have a financial need for this cabin to be built so if you feel led to do so, we are gladly accepting donations towards this project. Thank you to everyone who hs supported us through these difficult times and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon!