Current Need

 

Sprucing Up Spruce!

Donate Now

Sprucing Up Spruce!

Donate Now

Mount Hermon’s programs for students offer a series of experiences to help students across the gap of young adulthood where so many walk away from the faith of their childhood.

We have effective curriculum and experiences based on current research that have been tried and found true.

We have amazing young adult role models and mentors who are eager to be a reinforcing voice, speaking truth in love, listening and sharing their lives.

Now we just need a home...

The anticipation of what will happen here is building...

We can't wait to see what God will do.

 

You can stand in the gap, helping students transition to an adult life of faith.

When I was a kid I remember my parents using the word “spruce” when asking me to tidy up my room or pay a little more attention to how I presented myself. We all got “spruced up” for the prom, and we enjoyed “sprucing up” the house when honored guests were expected. “Sprucing something up” seemed a little more special than just a cleaning chore. It conveyed anticipation that something a little out of the ordinary was about to happen.

That’s the feeling I get as I share an important need with you. It’s a project that involves paying some special attention to a favorite cabin named…Spruce! Spruce cabin sits at the corner of Mound and Prospect, just a block up from the heart of the Conference Center. This spring we are sprucing it up to be commissioned for a new summer ministry to high school students.

In our quest to continually bring young people one step closer to Jesus our program team has developed a series of two–week camp experiences that does just that. Amata helps girls to own their identity as Christ’s beloved at a developmental stage when the world tells them to find their value elsewhere. Echo is an opportunity to engage in the classic spiritual disciplines of prayer, silence, service and simplicity, establishing rhythms that secure a life of abiding in Jesus.

“Only 20% of college students who leave the faith planned to do so during high school. The remaining 80% intended to stick with their faith but didn’t.”

Kara E. Powell, Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids

“I have reconnected with God over the last couple weeks. I had drawn away from Him over the last year, and these two weeks helped me to reconnect with Him, and lead me to the next steps in my relationship with Christ.”

–Camper 2014

A new program for young men

Today I want to tell you about a brand new program we’re calling Band of Brothers. Spruce cabin will be “home” for their experience, as they learn to become men after God’s own heart. (There’s that feeling of anticipation again…for what God will do in the lives of the young men who join us.)

Band of Brothers is a small, transformational community made up of young men entering grades 11 or 12 and graduating seniors. Through in depth Bible study, intentional adventures, and the mentoring of select counseling staff, they will learn to become men of humility, love, freedom and wisdom.

We know from running these intensive programs, some for more than thirty years and some introduced more recently, that they are crucial to providing the next step closer to Jesus for students who are asking for more. It is urgent that we capture their enthusiasm for their faith and relationship with Jesus and provide a vision for what being a man or woman of God is all about. It could be what makes the difference regarding whether they transition to an adult life of faith, or fall away like the majority of young adults do.

Spruce cabin is the perfect hub for Band of Brothers, able to house 14–18 staff and campers with room to sleep, share some meals together and have a living room to congregate for discussion. But it needs some, well…
sprucing up!

A new program for young men

Today I want to tell you about a brand new program we’re calling Band of Brothers. Spruce cabin will be “home” for their experience, as they learn to become men after God’s own heart. (There’s that feeling of anticipation again…for what God will do in the lives of the young men who join us.)

Band of Brothers is a small, transformational community made up of young men entering grades 11 or 12 and graduating seniors. Through in depth Bible study, intentional adventures, and the mentoring of select counseling staff, they will learn to become men of humility, love, freedom and wisdom.

We know from running these intensive programs, some for more than thirty years and some introduced more recently, that they are crucial to providing the next step closer to Jesus for students who are asking for more. It is urgent that we capture their enthusiasm for their faith and relationship with Jesus and provide a vision for what being a man or woman of God is all about. It could be what makes the difference regarding whether they transition to an adult life of faith, or fall away like the majority of young adults do.

Spruce cabin is the perfect hub for Band of Brothers, able to house 14–18 staff and campers with room to sleep, share some meals together and have a living room to congregate for discussion. But it needs some, well… sprucing up!

How you can help

Currently Spruce has an unfinished lower level which will soon have a finished bunk room and bathroom. Built in 1925 it is a cabin that needs some tender loving care to ready it for this important ministry. Drywall, plumbing, electrical, flooring and furnishings are all needed.

Will you participate in sprucing up this cabin to get it ready to receive the young men that God will bring to Band of Brothers this summer? I’m asking you to prayerfully consider investing in this effort to build faith and Christian character in young men who are asking, seeking, reaching.

 

Keep reading! There’s more…

In addition to the renovation of Spruce cabin, we also need to update two other cabins to house Echo. Formerly housed at Redwood Camp they are moving to the Conference Center to make room for more children at Redwood. This will give them their own home where they can establish rhythms for their own community. Furnishings to take two cabins from family use to housing students are all that is needed to establish a basecamp for Echo.

Please spend a moment praying about the life-transforming moments that will occur this summer in these sacred spaces. Ask God if this is a vision that he is inviting you to be a part of. Maybe He is prompting you to be the bridge that carries these young people across that perilous gap where faith is lost.

Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration of this significant Kingdom opportunity. We are planning and staging the work even as I write, so your response before the end of March would be greatly appreciated. All told the work on Spruce and sprucing up the other cabins comes to $75,000.

It will take many generous givers working together to make this vision reality.

Keep reading! There’s more…

In addition to the renovation of Spruce cabin, we also need to update two other cabins to house Echo. Formerly housed at Redwood Camp they are moving to the Conference Center to make room for more children at Redwood. This will give them their own home where they can establish rhythms for their own community. Furnishings to take two cabins from family use to housing students are all that is needed to establish a basecamp for Echo.

Please spend a moment praying about the life-transforming moments that will occur this summer in these sacred spaces. Ask God if this is a vision that he is inviting you to be a part of. Maybe He is prompting you to be the bridge that carries these young people across that perilous gap where faith is lost.

Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration of this significant Kingdom opportunity. We are planning and staging the work even as I write, so your response before the end of March would be greatly appreciated. All told the work on Spruce and sprucing up the other cabins comes to $75,000.

It will take many generous givers working together to make this vision reality.

For King and Kingdom,

J.R. Loofbourrow
Director of Advancement

P.S. If you know of a young man or woman who would benefit from a program like Echo or Band of Brothers, check out mounthermon.org/thisisnext or email lisa.olson@mounthermon.org for more information. We have three programs at our Santa Cruz Mountains camps and two programs at Kidder Creek. Surely there is an opportunity for a student you care about to take a step closer to Jesus at one of these amazing camps.

Mount Hermon can now accept non-cash donations!

Give a noncash giftMake a cash donation to this project

Thanks for helping us build the future!

Mount Hermon can now accept non-cash donations!

Give a noncash giftMake a cash donation to this project

Thanks for helping us build the future!