Camp Sentinel: October 2020 Update
A few days ago, I found myself at the waterfront wondering why we were open this summer. It would have been easier and perhaps financially beneficial to remain closed – “shelter in place”. God spoke to me clearly, “Walk in Confidence.” This confidence we walk in requires us to follow.
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8
This year has been challenging for all of us. When we read that scripture, remembering this promise of God- that He goes BEFORE us and is with us, we find peace in our faith.
This summer, 8 weeks, 351-day campers served, 12 staff, 26 volunteers and ZERO covid. Thanks be to God! This summer is not what we planned when we wrote the brochure last fall, and not what I thought when the Bible study theme hit my heart over a year ago, but here we are.
At check out the other day a camper parent looked me in the eyes and through her mask said, “thank you”. Her glance and her words reminded me why we were open. The words hope, encouragement, confidence, fresh air, certainty in uncertain times all have special meaning to me especially this summer.
We stepped-out in faith. Now we need your help. This year Sentinel is looking at a $191,000 deficit. We know finances are a challenge for some and we know some have capacity to give and support. Here is the ask, we are asking 100 friends or churches to give $1000 and 300 friends to give $300. This would help Sentinel recover and continue ministry. These gifts may be a one-time gift or met in payments. A local pastor approached me with the idea and pledged $1000, so we are on our way…. 399 to go.
Sentinel is a ministry and we need your help. Please prayerfully consider helping the place we all love and help us continue to minister to children and families. Tax deductible donations may be sent to the camp office or made at www.campsentinel.org/ministry-partners
As of September 30th, 52 friends and churches have stepped up to support the mission of camp at $54,194! We are thankful for your help and God's provision. The mission of camp continues as we have opened the doors to Student Care and Thursday meals for our community in love. Student care is a place where families may send their students for remote learning this Fall. Here is a recent article in the New Hampshire Business Review.
As we look forward, we are planning the 2021 season and the theme will be released November 1st- stay tuned!
Hope to see you soon on the mountaintop,
Kevin Van Brunt “Pk”
Executive Director, Camp Sentinel
The purpose of Camp Sentinel is to create a welcoming environment for Christian relationship building and spiritual renewal. Within the stillness of God’s creation and through the guidance of the staff, people are moved from discovery into authentic relationships with others and with Jesus Christ.
29 Sentinel Lodge Road, Center Tuftonboro, NH 03816
10/1/2020 03:28:00 pm
Kevin, actually I have given $300. To Sentinel’s fundraiser over and above the 400 each month - i have done this through the Gilmanton Church’s Sentinel Fundraiser. Just want you to know how much Phil and I truly felt/feel the vital importance of Sentinel’s ministry. Hoping to do more but right now unable. God’s blessings and peace, Linda
10/1/2020 04:23:10 pm
Thank you Linda for your support for camp and the ministry at Sentinel. It's folks like you who pray for and support camp who make the difference. Blessings and joy, Kevin
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