Vision Statement Introducing people to Jesus and equipping them to grow spiritually and minister to their world.
Mission Statement To provide a safe environment in which to bring people of all ages into a vital, living relationship with Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. We will do this by introducing people to Jesus and equipping them to grow spiritually and to minister to their world. Brothers in Christ: Do the statements above rekindle within your heart fond memories and images of claiming the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior? Do they take you back in time to when you were a youngster filled with questions and wonder about God and His plan for you? Does it make you recall friendships made and cherished over all these years? The most important question is this. Will you help some young person today who is searching for God in their life right now? We have the great opportunity and responsibility to provide our young folks the ability to begin a personal relationship with Jesus. Our two camps, Vick and Pathfinder Lodge, offer that environment for young boys and girls to experience the life changing celebration of asking Jesus into their hearts. As I am writing this request for funding for our two camps I see it has been awhile since we have supported our ABC camps. The need is great. At Camp Vick we need to finish the roof on the cottage, about another $5000 is needed and also replace the roof of the dining hall, which is approximately $20,000. At Pathfinder we need to replace the pontoon boat which is used for our younger campers and our special needs adults, it will be between $5,000 to $25,000 depending on the size boat and if we can find the right one used. At both camps, we do not turn away any child due to financial reasons, this results in our granting more scholarship dollars than we bring in. Each year we typically bring in $7,500 in scholarship dollars, and give away between $25,000 - 30,000. So sending children to camp who cannot afford to go is a high priority on our needs list as well. On a personal note, it was at Pathfinder I accepted Jesus and asked Him to be my Lord and Savior. I still have and still cherish a piece of driftwood shaped like a walking cane I found on the shore. I used the technique of wood burning to burn my name, Tommy and the date 1957, into the wood and then placed a coat of shellac to protect my handiwork. Each time I see that cane I recall the joy and the excitement of camp and beginning my personal relationship with God through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Men of ABC NYS, open your hearts and your wallets to provide continuing funding for the next young boy or girl that will be able to say one day………… I remember. Rev. Thomas Bell Pastor Consultant AB Men NYS Please send your check to AMERICAN BAPTIST MEN of NYS c/o ROBERT ROZELL P.O. BOX 347 CAMBRIDGE, NY 12816 Please make the check out to AB Men NYS and write 2018 boster club on the memo line.
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