You may remember the original Come Together Campaign in which Oil Belt asked our churches and individual supporters to “Come Together” to build the 3 cabins, the activity building, and the pool. Looking back the last 10 years, this step has improved and increased the opportunities for camp to Make Disciples. In 2022, we are estimating over 20,000 guests, campers and supporters will have utilized the camp!
The original project was estimated to cost $2.8 million. Unfortunately, due to some state code changes for the pool, and other related issues, the project ended up costing $3.6 million. Over the 3-year period from 2014-2016, supporters like you gave to the campaign and raised $2.7 million, just shy of the original goal! Even with the incredible generosity, the adjustments resulted in an indebtedness to the camp of over $930,000 for the project.
Through that project, and even now today, the camp has always wanted to operate debt free. In 2020, there were plans to move forward on a debt reduction plan, but COVID stopped that before we were able to begin the program.
Over the last few months, our leadership has been prayerfully seeking and developing a path to move forward to retire the debt by the end of 2023. At the beginning of November 2022, the current debt load is down to $292,000! The plan is simple: for 76 years, our churches and supporters have always “stepped up to the plate” when a need or project was share at camp.
Would you consider giving a gift to help retire this debt by the end of 2023?
A few months ago, we reached out to our church leaders to ask their partnership, and many churches are joining with us. At Family Camp in September over $20,000 was given towards the debt. Just like the original campaign, when churches and individuals “Come Together” over the next 14 months and give a little, then together, these offerings will compound to meet the need to make Oil Belt Debt Free in 2023!
To help the camp retire the debt, you can mail a check to the camp office with memo "Debt Free in 2023", or you can give online at oilbelt.com/donate.
Our goal, from the beginning of the original project, was to operate the camp debt free. Our goal, moving forward, is to keep that commitment.
Thank you for supporting Oil Belt Christian Service Camp!
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