Donors Rally for Camp Scholarship Fund
It was Friday morning at Sunset Lake Camp in Wilkeson, Wash., and the camp administration faced a difficult decision. At the end of business hours that day, Sunset Lake would be forced to turn away eight campers because of a lack of scholarship funds.
Since Sunset Lake Camp established its camp scholarship program in 2008, God miraculously has provided up to $18,000 each summer to fund the program.
David Yeagley, camp director, posted a Facebook update at 6:45 a.m. that Friday explaining the camp's need and requesting pledges. Fifteen minutes later, he shared the problem with 75 staff members.
One staff member spoke up immediately and said, "We need to pray." By 8:30 a.m., Sunset Lake staff pledged more than $1,000 for the camp scholarship fund.
The phones began ringing. Pledges poured in from Facebook friends in California, Michigan and Arkansas and from across Washington Conference. By evening, Sunset Lake received more than $3,400 in pledges, more than enough to cover scholarship needs.
"The phone calls we were dreading to make that day turned out to be ones filled with excitement, tears of joy, and campers jumping up and down as we shared the good news of what God had done," says Tammi Baker, Sunset Lake administrative assistant.
But God wasn't done. Several churches collected a special offering, and individual donations added several hundred more scholarship dollars.
Camp administration say they are humbled by what God chose to do through staff and Facebook friends.