When you think of camp, what do you see? Hear? Smell? You may see kayaks, zip-lines, and Bible study. You may hear loud music and never-ending cheers. You may smell green grass, fresh water, and even a little sweat. Do you know what we see, hear, and smell? We see students and summer missionaries. We hear thousands of intentional Gospel conversations. We smell the aroma of Christ Jesus (2 Cor 2:15).
Camp is not primarily zip-lines and recreation lakes. Camp is 115 missionaries sent to 14,500 campers for 75 days with 1 Gospel. We call our college staff “missionaries” because their jobs are not Lifeguard, Janitor, Cook, Actor, or Zip-line Operator. Our missionaries have one job—Proclaimer. Their primary responsibility is to listen to, befriend, serve, pursue, and proclaim the Gospel to students. This is the front line, the cause, the mission.
Because our missionaries are so essential, we are spending over $500,000 to build a new staff lodge for them at our Jonathan Creek Camp. We will break ground this December in order to provide them with 5,500 square feet of dedicated space filled with quiet and restful beds, rejuvenating common areas and restrooms, and restoring private spaces and views. This investment should provide a comfortable experience for our staff for years to come. We must go beyond temporary bunk trailers to a dedicated and private lodge that meets their day-to-day needs.
Have you heard the adage, “If you take care of your people, they will take care of you”? If staff are our heartbeat, we have to make sure their hearts keep beating for Jesus. We need staff who wake up rested, rejuvenated, restored, and ready to take the Gospel to the next generation. For them, every day must be the first day and every conversation must be a focused, articulate, biblical proclamation of the Gospel. If they can’t rest well, they can’t serve well.
As we celebrate the rest that Jesus has brought all of us this Christmas season, will you consider giving $5,000, $50, or even $5 to give rest to our missionaries?
For the Gospel and the next generation,
President, Crossings Ministries
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