Preparing to Respond
HOW CAN I RESPOND TO THE BEYOND CAMPAIGN?
The following guide can be used when preparing to respond to the ministry goals and resource needs of Ingham Okoboji’s BEYOND campaign.
FIRST, BY REFLECTING ON GOD’S LOVE AND PROMISES
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10
“As many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the Children of God.” John 1:12
“I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
“…you will be enriched in every way for your great generosity.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
SECOND, BY REMEMBERING INGHAM OKOBOJI’S MINISTRY AND CAMPAIGN GOALS
Expanding Programs Beyond the Camp Experience
Providing year-round faith-fostering communication with campers to nurture spiritual life.
Resourcing parents, pastors and youth workers to be more equipped in their roles.
Expanding Programs Beyond Current Campers
Dedicating funds to empower youth and families who can’t afford to attend camp.
Removing barriers to attract new campers such as underprivileged youth, the unchurched, various ethnic groups, and military families.
Investing in recreational enhancements that will attract new campers.
Moving Beyond Facility Limitations
Building a new chapel at Ingham (Estimated Cost: $300,000)
Replacing the existing Beach House with a year-round Beach House Retreat Center ($300,000 toward estimated total cost of $500,000)
Moving Beyond Financial Limitations
Reducing the debt by $1M, thus freeing up $100,000/year
THE GOAL OF THE BEYOND CAMPAIGN IS $2M
50% Debt Reduction ($1M)
20% Expanded Programs and New Ministry Initiatives ($400,000)
30% Facility improvements ($600,000)
THIRD, BY EXPLORING YOUR GIVING OPTIONS
In order to reach our campaign goal of $2M it will take gifts of the following amounts:
Lead Gift Individuals: $910,682-$1,190,000
Individual Campers/Donors/Staff Alumni: $201,000-$480,318
As the chart illustrates, every gift is important. When combined with the joyful gifts of others, your gift will have a tremendous impact for God’s kingdom. Initially it is always hard to think about how much you might be able to give, but this Creative Giving Guide is a good tool to help you think outside the box about how you might give generously. Be sure to read through the Creative Giving Guide and talk to your accountant or financial planner to determine how you can make a gift even bigger than you imagined!
FOURTH, BY GIVING PRAYERFUL CONSIDERATION
Thank you for the gift of your grace and mercy, for eternal life, and for your promises that we can always trust. Thank you for the many ways you have blessed us with home and family, vocation, friends and the community of believers. Thank you also for the lives that have been changed and nurtured in Christ through the ministries of Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camps. Today we pray that you would expand the influence of the camp’s ministry BEYOND its current borders. Guide the staff and volunteers, and provide all that is needed to share your good news and grow disciples for your work. Guide our thoughts and hearts as we offer a gift to your work through the camps. Help us to take a step of faith and make a generous and wise decision that honors you. We know and believe that through you, all things are possible. In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
FIFTH, BY TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH
After prayerfully considering how God might be prompting you to be a part of the ministry at Ingham Okoboji, please let us know about your gift by filling out the online response form, or printing off a paper copy of the response form. Thank you for your gifts of prayer, encouragement, and finances. As always, please call the camp at 1-800-OKOBOJI if you have any more questions about the BEYOND initiatives or how you might be a part of fulfilling them.
“…and God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.” Corinthians 9:8
“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20
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