Hope is something we all need in our lives at different times and for different reasons. Hope keeps our eyes looking up and away from some current difficulty or season of loss to some greater and brighter future. It’s where a season of challenge is met with something different, a reason to look up with a lighter heart and know that a better future is possible. Jesus offers us hope and life right in the middle of whatever challenges we face. He promises to provide when there is no way forward. He gives us strength to overcome and a reason to celebrate. Hope comforts us and gives light to the heart. Hope is also very practical. These past few months we at Camp Crossroads have seen and experienced the hope that comes from the living God as He engages community to help others in time of need!
When the Ontario Government cancelled all overnight camps for this summer we knew we needed to cancel our Day Camp and Family Camp programs as well. We also knew that we needed to refund all our registered camper families as soon as possible. What we didn’t know was how God was going to stir people’s hearts to meet our financial needs in this process. 40 years ago, God brought together the Ontario Mennonite Brethren Church community and provided miraculously to purchase the Camp Crossroads property in Torrance. Today we are seeing God rally the camp community once again.
We praise God that despite not running any programs since the end of February, we were able to return all camper fees and preserve our capital campaign funds without going into debt. This was accomplished through a combination of generous donor support and implementing all possible cost-saving measures. These measures have included the very difficult decision to lay off 4 full-time staff in April along with simpler decisions around conserving energy, deferring costs where possible and working to sell items that camp no longer needs (e.g. old vehicles, 2 RV’s, older boats, etc.) We are also very grateful to everyone who has donated during this time! Thank-you to the families of registered campers who donated a portion or all of their fees (i.e. just over 50% of families gave for a total of about 26% of the fees we had received). Thank-you to those former staff who have joined the Summer Staff Challenge and have collectively given just over $17000. You have caught a vision of generosity which was unlooked-for and has been really inspiring. (For more on the Summer Staff Challenge see the Stories section of our website, June 19th post here). Thank-you to those who have been giving regularly for months or years and who continue to give. Thank-you to the rest who have given spontaneously as you have heard that we had a need.