Thanks for visiting this page and for your interest in what God is doing at Servant’s Heart Camp. Over the next few months we hope to be updating this page with the current progress, as well as some of the history and God’s miracles as to how we arrived at where we are today.
In mid-2017, we had the funds to finish the tenth cabin, and we started setting our sights on a lodge to replace the dining tent, game tent, kitchen trailer, and to move the meeting room out of the equipment shed. We talked to David Batie of Christian Architectural Association about drawing some plans for the lodge. He visited the property in June of 2017, and we worked with David for next year refining the layout of the lodge.
In December of 2017, we did finish the tenth cabin and we officially opened the lodge fund. We have not made any major appeals for money, but we have been praying for God to do His work.
In April of 2018, I went to visit a friend that is incarcerated at the Somerset State Correctional Institute. At the time, I felt like I really did not have time to make the trip to see him, but I wanted to visit him before camp started. I thought I was going to encourage him, but instead I left the facility encouraged and with an extra skip in my step.
I honestly believe that my friend was framed and that he is innocent. If you would hear his entire story you would not believe that the events could be that bad. He has told me that he is closer to God than he has ever been in his life and if “this” is what God needed to do to get his attention, he would gladly take it. He makes 25 cents per hour working in prison. Each month, he sends a gift to Servant’s Heart Camp. The gift usually ranges from $3.00 to $10.00.
As we talked that day in April, he told me that he prays for Servant’s Heart several times per day. He told me that he is praying that the Lord will give us a million bucks so that we can get started on the lodge. One night while he was praying the Lord convicted his heart to pray and fast about the need. Almost immediately he realized that the next day was “Philly Cheese Steak” day and that is the best meal that he gets in prison. For a short time, he argued with God about the timing of this fast, but he was faithful and fasted the next day asking God to provide the money.
I was humbled as I left Somerset State Correctional Institution that day. Although we have not made a big appeal for money, I have been making an appeal that people would pray with my friend that God would provide the money for this lodge.
Although our 2017 & 2018 donations have been lower than any year since the first year that we purchased the property, I am confident the Lord is working in the background! It is a great comfort to know that we have been in similar situations before and God has performed absolute miracles.
At our September 2018 board meeting, the board voted to move forward with the plans. Although David did an outstanding job, his ministry only takes the plans to the first stage. In spite of the fact that we do not have much any money, the board voted unanimously to move forward with plans that would be complete and allow us to get bids from builders. We are confident that it is God’s will for us to build a lodge and this money would not be wasted.
We currently have four different proposals to complete the drawings for the lodge. The board has not made the final decision, but we are leaning toward one particular architect. The cost for those drawings will totally exhaust our lodge fund and go well beyond what we currently have. The proposal is in two stages and we do have sufficient money for the first stage.
If you are still reading this long narrative, you must have a real interest in God’s work at Servant’s Heart Camp. Thanks for your interest. We would love to hear from you!
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