May 11, 2020
We have made the difficult decision to cancel all Waukaway programmed camps for this year. (This includes Teen Camp, Program Camps 1 & 2, and our Great Kids Camp.) Please pray for those that are impacted by this decision. It is a great loss for many ministries, groups, and churches that join us for these events.
April 8, 2020
***The information below and in the video will continue to be updated as the pandemic situation continues to evolve.***
First, we want to thank you for taking the time to connect with us. We also want to sincerely thank you for all of your support through the MANY years Waukaway Springs has been a landmark and important business to the surrounding areas, both as a historic public swimming and recreation area, and now as a Christian Retreat Center. We are so blessed to have a huge group of faithful returning churches, ministries, staff members, board members, and people we see yearly at Open To The Public weekend - for each and every one of you we are deeply thankful.
In response to the current advisory recommendations, we have made the decision to cancel all retreats and events scheduled during April. This date may or may not be extended as needed. Our Board of Directors is meeting virtually on a weekly basis to continue to address our situation and how we will proceed in future months.
No guests means that our ministry is greatly hindered at best. The best service and ministry we offer is our property, the ability to bring people together, and creating short-term, life-changing, Christ-centered communities. This is all temporarily on hold, and it is devastating for all of us here. This loss is deeply felt.
No guests also means no income. The month of April is off the books, but we know that our whole summer programming is in jeopardy. Our summer events account for 72% of our annual income. That loss is not something that we can easily absorb.
But there are ways that you can help.
We encourage you to follow us and stay connected as we will be updating through social media, emails, and phone calls.
Give generously. There are many of you that may be in a position where you are able to give - we just ask that you consider Waukaway as you go to God asking where to give. You can give here, mail in a check, or call us to make other arrangements.
We do also ask for you to pray for us as we do everything we can to be wise, faithful, and safe as we continue to make plans for when we are able to serve guests again.
Finally, we want to share how we want to serve in the meantime.
We have already begun sharing some digital resources (such as printable journaling sheets, activities for your kids to do, and teambuilding ideas) and have plans to continue to release more on a regular basis.
We are looking into hosting web conferences for ministry leaders. More details to come soon.
And lastly, we will continue to work the plan. We want to serve our guests and we are doing everything we can to improve the grounds, facilities, and programming while guests are not present.
God is good. He is still faithful, and I pray we can be faithful too.