As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: – I Peter 4:10
The Lord has called us to build up the Kingdom of God at LeTourneau. That call is a call to build up people by the grace the Lord provides. I am amazed by how God has so graciously sent labors into our harvest this summer. Our full-time staff has joyfully persevered through a long, but rewarding summer. The staff will continue to serve well, as camp still has two full weeks of ministry to go and then a busy Fall season. The youth in THE WAY discipleship and service program were such a joy to lead in service and Word this summer (their final day of was Aug. 20th). I am convinced each of them committed themselves to the Lord this summer and by God’s grace will endure in their commitment (10 were baptized). Our volunteers this summer have made a huge impact in our ministry as well. John and Lois Montgomery, Bitsy Tremper, MaryAnn Anderson, and others have invested countless hours in this ministry. Their support has truly allowed this ministry to thrive this summer.
With the service of so many, LeTourneau Christian Center was able to truly build up God’s people this summer. We have been blessed by the Lord to serve and encourage hundreds of guests, to provide a loving atmosphere to share the Gospel for nearly 150 kid’s through our day camps, and disciple nearly 25 students in THE WAY summer program. I am thrilled with how the summer has gone and we give God all the glory for His grace upon this ministry. We pray for much fruit to come from this season.
As you may know, we have been busy improving our facilities this summer. Bob Anderson, Jack Seabrook, and their faithful helpers have finished off the lakeside patio and the classroom this summer, along with many other small projects. They have now moved on to renovate a staff apartment, which was damaged by the flash flood that occurred in June. The lakeside patio has been a favorite of everyone who has visited campus this summer. New benches were purchased for the patio with funds donated to LeTourneau in memory of Jeannette Mack; we appreciate those who honored Jeannette is this special way. The classroom looks brand new and certainly will allow us to do more ministry in the Fall and Spring months, as it is now a very warm and inviting meeting space. MaryAnn Anderson has been instrumental in improving the grounds. She has supervised the painting of many of our facilities. Our guests have been encouraged by the improvements throughout the campus and are blessed to see the vision of LeTourneau growing and prospering.
Our first students, in THE WAY School of Discipleship (a one year discipleship program for young adults) graduated Sunday, August 27th. These students were a blessing to mentor and the Lord used them to allow LeTourneau’s ministry to expand. As the second year of the School begins, we still have room for a few more students; applications can be requested through our office. Classes start September 14th. Please pray for these students as they joyfully accept the Lord’s calling upon their lives.
LeTCC Event Update:
We finished up 6 weeks of day camp this summer. We experienced our best summer of day camps yet, with an average of 30 students per week; this week seeing the most participants at 41. As we look forward to next summer, we plan on growing our ministry to children through a partnership with a wonderful Church out of Buffalo, to offer a one week overnight camp for children. Their leadership and I have met to discuss this partnership; in December we will finalize the details and by January of 2018 we hope to have registration open.
As summer comes to an end, our Blessed Hope team will resume their ladies meetings. We also have a new event scheduled in September called Paint and Pray (an opportunity for guests to come and enjoy painting and fellowship), call the office for more details. Throughout the remainder of the year, we will enjoy several regularly scheduled events and look forward to hosting a potential college retreat and youth retreat January or February of 2018.
LeTCC Maintenance and Renovations Projects:
The construction on the classroom has been completed and final painting projects are being completed this week. Furniture has been purchased and will be setup soon. Technology for the building will be added in late September.
Renovations on a staff apartment began two weeks ago and should be completed by the end of September.
Afterwards, our attention will turn to the Lodge roof, which needs replaced before the 1st of November.
Throughout the winter, we will likely replace the flooring in the Bethany House and if possible, begin construction to add a bathroom and kitchenette to the first floor of the Bethany House. Furthermore, the 2nd floor of the Lodge will receive some attention to fix and improve the walls and redecorate each room (volunteers willing); if funds allow there may be a new floor installed as well!
LeTCC Volunteer Opportunities:
We have a busy fall season with guests present on campus every weekend through Thanksgiving. We would be blessed to have you serve for any amount of time Friday thru Monday each week. Those coming Friday-Sunday may help in the dining hall, kitchen, or maintenance. Monday is a great opportunity for those who like to serve in housekeeping.
If your church would like to send a team of volunteers at anytime throughout the year, we have many projects that need help in completing.
Thank you for considering serving the Lord at LeTourneau.