$168,710 raised!Goal: Match $100,000
Published 10/23/2020, Updated 04/08/2021
We celebrate God‘s faithfulness and provision for His work and ministry on this mountain top! We are grateful for you because your partnership with us, prayers for us, and generosity to us makes ministry here possible. Because of you, we are well on our way to reaching our phase one fundraising goal of $191,000. To date, we have received $166,000 of our goal! Funds received in this first phase are being used to keep us up and running operationally and to do some long-needed capital improvements to our lodges and large group meeting space, as well as addressing specific infrastructure needs such as fixing and updating our aging water system.
In addition, we are excited to announce that we have received a matching gift challenge of $100,000 from a generous anonymous supporter. Your gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 and doubles the impact of your gift. We are excited to embark on the second phase with a campaign to match this generous gift. God is Faithful!
Our goal is to raise a total of $100,000 to match this gift challenge by August 1. Funds received in this phase will go toward completion of the current lodge projects, hire much needed staff positions, hire counselors and purchase supplies for summer camp. It will help give us firm financial footing as we begin the process of new building projects aimed to support the wide array of ministry happening here at OCC. While the gifts we receive will help us address specific practical needs, we believe the greatest impact will be eternal. Because of your heart and generosity, you will impact the lives of countless children, youth, young adults, and families who will come here to a beautiful, functional, and safe place to encounter and experience Jesus in a myriad of ways! Your support of God’s work here is invaluable in impacting lives now and in the future, just as it has been through the years.
Original Letter Published 10/23/2020:
Dear Friend and Supporter,
In years past, especially during times of great need, the Ozark Conference Center and Camp Solgohachia community has rallied to help us reach and minister to people of all ages so they can experience and encounter God on this beautiful mountaintop.
And yet, in our 27-year history on this mountain, we have never faced a crisis of this magnitude and scale. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord asked us to cancel our summer camp program and groups who have been holding their events here for many years have had to cancel their events in the fallor move them to the spring of 2021 because of the current social distancing measures and requirements.
While we are and have been innovating, developing new ways to do ministry, putting together new strategies, and simply looking for ways to continue to serve and minister to people in order to bring hope in these uncertain times, we unfortunately still find ourselves in a financial crisis – with funds remaining to last us through November. We know the situation we’re in was not a surprise to the Lord and know He still wants to encounter His people on our mountaintop, but we also know that He loves to use His people to accomplish His work.
So we need your help!
We are asking you to help us raise the funds needed for approximately seven months of our basic operating expenses to sustain us through until the summer months. We plan and expect to continue to minister and host events for groups as we are able to, as things open up in the coming months, and your support will give us the time and space needed to complete necessary repairs on our most-utilized facilities, as well as plan and prepare for a new season of ministry onthe mountain. Any revenue we can make during this time will be used for capital repairs & improvements or saved for use in preparing for Camp Solgohachia 2021.
We are needing to raise $191,000 to accomplish this task of survival and have already been given over $42,000 of it! We fully realize the enormity of this ask, but the size of the request matches the size of our need and we have done our due diligence to cut expenses down to be as “lean” as the Lord would have us be.
Would you pray about how the Lord would have you help us? However He leads you to help us is what would be the most impactful for us to receive.