Moravian summer camps play an integral role in helping young people further their relationships with Christ and find out what God is calling them to do. The Larger Life Foundation provides much needed funds to four camp programs in the Northern Province to help offset expenses, allowing these programs to provide lasting experiences for the youth who attend.
The Larger Life Foundation is a permanent endowment fund with its income providing “larger life” to ministries of the Moravian Church Northern Province since 1920. The Foundation relies solely on gifts from generous contributors to do its important work.
The Mid-States Moravian camping program has a unique situation, where they do not have a Moravian owned camp facility, but instead, rent camp space and buy or rent what is necessary to operate the camp. This program also runs entirely on volunteers.
There are up to 140 campers who attend the Mid-State camping program each year from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, ranging from second grade to age 21. Without the funds from the Larger Life Foundation, this program would cease to exist, and many of these children would miss out on a very influential part of their lives.
“The Larger Life Foundation supports so many important programs in the Moravian Church that it truly makes a lasting impact on many people’s lives,” said camp director Amy Keller. “Because of their support, the Mid-State camping program is able to not only provide an environment for our youth to learn of God’s love and grace, but it creates life-long Godly friends who help the children through life’s journey.”
Another camp that benefits greatly from the Larger Life Foundation is the Van-Es Camp and Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada. With the current economic climate, many families are in need of subsidization in order to send their children to camp. The funds from the Larger Life Foundation represents 22 percent of the camp budget, helping keep camp fees low, which in turn allows approximately 120 campers to attend Van-Es each summer.
Camp Van-Es is open to children in grades one through twelve and the camping experience includes teaching about Christian community and building relationships. Their teaching also includes stories from the Bible, Christian values, stewardship and the love of Christ Jesus.
The Larger Life Foundation also supports Camp Hope and Mt. Morris Camp in the Northern Province. These larger camps use the funds they receive toward their overall operating expenses. Camp Hope’s operating budget exceeds $300,000 and Mt. Morris’ exceeds $400,000. Funds from Larger Life allow them to keep costs down for the campers and give them an opportunity to provide great experiences for the youth.
For information on how you can give to support these and other programs, visit www.largerlifefoundation.org or contact Tammy Curcio, Treasurer, PO Box 1245, Bethlehem, PA 18016, or call 800-732-0591 or 610-867-7566 ext. 17.
From the June/July 2017 Moravian Magazine