Ridgetop Bible Camp seeks support from community
About $35,000 to $40,000 needed for first camp in 2016
In November, In Faith Missionaries Bill and Brenda Bennett, along with local landowners Mike and Jeanie England, hosted an event inviting Barry County residents to see what plans were in store for Ridgetop Bible Camp in Ridgley, previously known as His Children's Camp.
"Missionaries Bill and Brenda Bennett are taking up the job of God's work at Ridgley," Jeanie England said. "The purpose of the camp is to show love to people by sharing the love of God with them. Ridgetop Bible Camp will minister to children of all ages, and the goal is to have camp start in the summer of 2016."
England said the November meeting showed a good attendance, however, the camp did not receive as much in donations as is was hoping, which are necessary to make the needed repairs to get the camp operational in time for summer.
"We had quite a few that came, but we didn't raise much money," she said. "There is a financial need in any ministry. We need help before it can even start. What was already started a few years back, we would like to see brought to completion."
England encouraged community members and organizations who would like to be involved in the camp to consider giving a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year.
"The first board of directors meeting is scheduled in mid-January 2016, and any year-end contribution can be made to Ridgely Baptist Church, earmarked for Ridgetop Bible Camp," she said. "We've already given it our hearts, and it will be a camp."
Detailing repairs, England said the dining hall building needs a septic system, which has been negotiated to purchase for approximately $8,750. Also needed are tables and chairs, mattresses, materials for bunk beds, kitchen equipment, mowers, computers and insurance.
"About $35,000 to $40,000 would get it going for the spring," she said. "If we don't get this, [Bill and Brenda Bennett] going to have to raise the money. They are faith missionaries. They have supporters that pay, by love offerings, their salary, through In Faith Ministries.
"The dining hall has to have a new septic system. It's permitted. We're just waiting on the money. There is also equipment that needs updating because it has sat there so long, it doesn't work anymore. And the building itself needs a little repair work. It was never really finished. People need to step up and get involved. I think there are so many that just don't know what's involved."
For more information or to make a donation, people may call Jeanie or Mike England at 417-652-3886.