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Fall
2019

Thoughts From The Administrator’s Desk

Dear friends of Mountain View,

As we approach the end of 2019, I am thankful for the many blessings of this year’s camp season. Though Winter Escape is just around the corner, the Lord has been faithful in providing for this Ministry. Each year, I enjoy looking back and reviewing camper attendance, volunteer staff involvement, construction progress and maintenance tasks completed. I am encouraged to see both physical and spiritual growth in the lives of many who pass through these doors year after year. I am also encouraged to meet new campers and families who have attended for the first time with plans to return again.

As we move into the coming year, we are already praying about a theme. Vision 2020 has been stuck in my mind. Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. Lately, the Lord has impressed on me that His return is growing closer by the day. Each of us has the privilege of sharing God’s offer of salvation and a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We also have the pleasure of offering hope and encouragement that can only be found in Him.

As I review the vision of the past 8 years, it is clear to see that camp has been in construction mode. In October 2011, we broke ground on duplex cabin 1 (Mountain and Norway). In September 2013, the Bathhouse Pavilion began. In the fall of 2016, construction began on duplex 2 (Austrian/Jersey) and 3 (Ponderosa/Virginia). We received a final occupancy permit in December of last year for duplex 2 and we expect to have duplex 3 signed off by the end of this year.

As I meet with people, the question is often asked, “What’s next?” There are 17 structures on the property containing 46 toilets, 5 urinals, 59 sinks and over 200 beds. Additionally, camp operates 5 active water wells, 1 sewage pumping station, a 28 year old school bus, an 11 year old fifteen passenger van, a number of lawn mowers, a pick-up truck with snow plow, and so much more. All of these items require maintenance. As mentioned above, camp has been in construction mode and now we must focus on facility and operational maintenance.

As we consider the future, camp does have an urgent need for funding. There are a number of projects that are planned but are not funded: these include (1) remodeling of the Hardwood Lodge (Dorm) both inside and outside, (2) the main building, staff house, candy store and pool pump house are all in need of roof replacements, (3) vehicles need to be upgraded, (4) a number of heating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) need replacement, while some buildings need new energy saving HVAC installations, (5) cost efficient lighting is needed throughout the facility, and so much more.

How can you help? Please pray often for this ministry. Please consider adding camp to your monthly, quarterly or even yearly giving plan. Naming camp in your Estate planning is also a great long range blessing. In addition, you can support camp as a volunteer. Your service in areas of maintenance, food service, counseling, and medical services are all necessary. We value your prayerful consideration on how you can be a partner with us in the Lord’s work at Mountain View. God continues to do great things at and through this Ministry.

Thank you for your partnership.

Jonathan Stassel
Camp Administrator

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