Check out this video of one of Deer Run’s founders discuss the amazing things that our Summer Camps accomplish, and our long term goals for the camp. For your convenience, we have provided the video transcript below.
David Gibson: Hello friends, my name is David Gibson, and my wife Liz and I are the founders of Deer Run Camps and Retreats. You received this video because in some way you’ve been connected to Deer Run over the last few years, and we’re thankful for that.
18 years ago, God called us to start the ministry of Deer Run Camps and Retreats, and it took us approximately 10 years and a lot of struggles, but finally in 2007, we were able to start our first summer camp program, and we had about 35 kids that summer and we were very excited.
It’s been amazing to see how God has blessed our efforts since that humble beginning and in 2014, we were blessed to have over 2,000 campers, and over 16,000 additional retreat guests.
The life change has been amazing, and all that’s been possible because of the generosity of friends just like you. We’re at an amazing time right now, where our opportunity is so big, and our camp numbers are growing so fast, that we need to expand our facilities to be able to continue to grow, and to reach, and meet the needs of those kids that are coming to camp.
We’re excited to tell you about a capital campaign that we’re kicking off today. It’s a $2.3 million goal over the next three years. What this is going to allow us to do, is to build a new facility that’s already been approved, we have the plans for, that will include a new dining hall that will seat over 350 campers with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, a new auditorium that will seat 350, that will allow for worship and large group meeting space, a great health center that will allow our camp nurses to take good care of your kids when they’re at camp, when they get sick or have an injury. To be able isolate them if they get a virus so that we don’t have that spread to other campers. Such a need that we have there. And then also, a couple of other meeting spaces that will allow us to diversify our programming and be able to be the best that we can be, in all that we do.
So, why are you getting this video? We need your help. We need you to pray about committing to be a ministry partner with us. The amount is not important, you could give monthly, you could give quarterly, annually, or just a one-time gift. That’s up to you. But we really pray that you’ll participate with us.
There is a link in the email, which you received this video, where you can click and go to our on-line portal. This will allow you to make a commitment for a monthly gift, or whatever. But please pray about that, and click that link today and join us in this exciting opportunity.
Thank you for taking time to watch this video, and I pray that you’ll have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless.
If you are interested in attending a Deer Run camp or retreat, you can call us today at (615) 454-9323. We look forward to hearing from you!