Ranch country MBs called to shepherd
• While many camps have declined, Evergreen celebrates that its attendance (660 campers last summer) has been consistent the past few years.
• Camp Evergreen’s director Kerry Precht resigned effective March 23. Pray for board chair Andrew Baerg, serving as part-time interim director and search committee head, with a full time job “on the side.” Evergreen hired a new site manager, and will be seeking a wrangler after the summer.
• “They’re our ministry, and now they’re going on their own. Our kids are growing up!” quipped treasurer Gary Burke. In 2010, the convention gave the ABMB executive a mandate to establish Camp Evergreen as an independent society and form a foundation to hold camp land at arm’s length. After consulting with the lawyer who initially recommended the creation of a foundation, the taskforce determined this route would be more complicated and wouldn’t offer additional protection from litigious action as originally hoped. A vote to transfer ownership of the land to the Camp Evergreen independent society was unanimous.
• No longer a line in ABMB’s budget, Evergreen seeks new donors and members for its newly formed society. Its first AGM will be May 12 at camp.
• Evergreen built two new cabins this year, and a fundraising tournament supported by many ABMB pastors raised $18,114, enabling Evergreen to end the year deficit-free.
• Andrew Baerg highlighted the story of a girl from a Muslim family who attended camp last summer, and how her counsellor happened to be a former Muslim who could show her the gospel in a way she understood.