Dear Wheatstone Family,
Last Friday, we launched the 2019 Sponsorship Campaign, our annual drive to raise funds so that youth with financial need can attend Wheatstone’s life-changing camp.
I’m so proud of the Sponsorship Fund. It started with a simple dream to serve more students from more backgrounds at The Academy Camps. As God blessed that vision, it’s grown each year.
It started with a simple dream to serve more students from more backgrounds at The Academy Camps.
Last year, 70% of camp attendees received aid to attend, and the donor community gave 75% more than the year before. Because of the Sponsorship Fund, we’ve never had to turn a student away because of financial need.
Some years, final funding didn’t come in until the week of camp, but God has always provided. I’ll never forget one student, who held out hope of being sponsored until the morning of camp itself. She had faith that God would provide the funds she lacked, and he did. At 8:00am on the first day of camp, I had the honor of calling her to say that her sponsorship had come through. Her response was, “I knew it!” She laughed, cried, and prayed with thanksgiving over the phone.
Because of the Sponsorship Fund, we’ve never had to turn a student away because of financial need.
Christian adulthood isn’t something that’s reserved for the rich, so camp shouldn’t be either. We’re committed to keeping camp in reach for every Christian youth, until everyone has heard the call into Christian adulthood.
This year represents a new challenge: the first camp in a whole new region, and projected 72% enrollment growth. That’s why we’re aiming to raise more than ever for youth with financial need: $64,000. And, already, God’s blessing the work. Because of three generous initial backers, we’re starting the campaign with 56% already raised. Based on last year’s average sponsorship, we project that means 57 students who couldn’t otherwise come to camp are already funded for 2019.
We’re committed to keeping camp in reach for every Christian youth, until everyone has heard the call into Christian adulthood.
For Christian adulthood,
Peter David Gross