We humbly thank God for His many blessings on the ministry in 2016 and look forward with prayerful anticipation to an exciting vision to see the Kingdom of God expand and more hearts turn to him anew in 2017 through the ministry at LeTourneau. God is so good, His mercies are new every morning, and it is clear that God is ON THE MOVE!
Renovations, New Recreation, and Facilities: This coming year we will begin some much-needed renovation projects, and the camp leadership anticipates an investment of $50,000 -$100,000 to recondition and upgrade our waterfront, “makeover” portions of the Lodge and Bethany House, and develop a new parcel of land (two acres) recently donated to the ministry for eventual use as an outdoor “Rec Park.” The new parcel lies between Jones Road to the south of our current property line, and a large gorge in our woods. Ultimately, we hope to develop the parcel in four stages: establishing an obstacle course, development of an athletic field or fields, installing a ropes course with high and low challenge elements. The board plans to begin the process of raising funds for construction of a year-round multi-purpose facility which can house an indoor gym and meeting space to better serve our guests in the cold months. If the Lord provides, we hope that a ground-breaking may take place by the fall of 2017.
Hosting Ministry tied to renovations: We hope to reach out to new churches and Christian organizations in 2017. We are compiling a list of 500 churches in Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and throughout this region, which do not currently use our ministry. They will receive information on our ministry before the new year! We pray the Lord would use us to serve many of these churches and Christian organizations to impact the Kingdom of God.
Expansion of our Children’s Ministry: We desire to reach children with the love of Christ and to share the saving message of the Gospel. In 2017, it will be our mission to continue our Children’s Day Camp program while adding a couple of overnight camps. Again, these will be coordinated and led by our staff leaders and volunteers.
Kid’s Night Out: In keeping with our desire to reach children, we hope to establish periodic nightly events for children throughout the year. We will feed, entertain, and share the truths of Scripture with these children. (And for parents, can we say, DATE NIGHT!?!)
THE WAY Program: Our heart is to disciple young people, both locally and internationally. We will continue discipling students through our summer program and our year-round young adult ministry. It is also our desire to reach international students through THE WAY program. With contacts in China, and perhaps in other countries as well, we are hoping to have 2-3 students join us for the 2017 summer program. It is our goal to disciple these students and send them home better equipped to share the Gospel and build up the Kingdom in their home countries.
Laymen Institute: In collaboration with pastors throughout the region, we are hoping to see the establishment of a laymen’s institute for the building up and training of future church leaders and perhaps even pastors and missionaries. Several pastors in our region are hoping to form a counsel to develop and lead this ministry in 2017.
Women’s Ministry: If the Lord allows, we would love to bless ladies with a periodic night out and possibly even offer some practical training. These ladies would have an opportunity to have some much-deserved fun and be inspired by other women. Child care would also be provided!
Family Camp: It is our sincere hope that we will be able to host a family camp in the summer of 2017. We would love to have the opportunity to host families for a few days of fun on the lake and a time of family renewal through training and spiritual interaction.
Additional Conferences and Retreats: If the Lord allows, we would love to provide a Pastor/Laymen Conference, adoption & foster family conference, a marriage retreat, and youth retreats in 2017.
— Jamie Fischer, Director