March 27, 2020
Dear Friends of Redwood Glen, Redwood Glen is designed for groups of people to meet together. The “shelter in place” order induced by the novel COVID-19 virus has completely shut the camp down. And while we’ve not laid anyone off, we have had to reduce many of the staff’s […]
Dear Friends of Redwood Glen,
Redwood Glen is designed for groups of people to meet together. The “shelter in place” order induced by the novel COVID-19 virus has completely shut the camp down. And while we’ve not laid anyone off, we have had to reduce many of the staff’s hours to minimal, or zero.
I scheduled myself this past week to be a week off. It was anything but that. I’ve been on the phone talking to other camp directors and on conference calls with Christian Camp and Conference Association leaders on how camps can survive this ordeal. There have been daily conversations with Board chair, Richard Reaves. I’ve been filling out applications for Small Business Administration emergency relief loans, and along with the rest of the country, waiting to see what kind of financial relief our government will be giving to individuals and what kind of help is there for non-profit organizations.
At the moment, we are still planning to host all our summer camp sessions. But we know that may also change if things don’t change here with the virus. We have a “FAQ” section on our website that we’ll keep updated (Click Here for the FAQ updates) so you can know what’s happening.
This wait and see lifestyle is not easy to endure; especially not for an extrovert, like me. When we were going through our water crisis we had step by step goals that we needed to attain. And we worked hard to attain those goals. Today, this is obviously different.
Financially, with very little reserves, we are, once again, walking that tight rope. I am very concerned about the staff and their families This is putting a strain on their pocketbooks. I am confident, however, that Redwood Glen will pull through this crisis, because I know God is in control of this situation.
I was listening to a song by Elevation Worship called “Do It Again”. The words in the bridge go like this:
“I’ve seen you move…you move the mountains
And I believe I’ll see you do it again
You made a way when there was no way
And I believe I’ll see you do it again”
In the four and a half year struggle over water, there were many times it felt there was no way through to the end. But I saw mountains, many mountains get moved by God as we made it through all the way to having our own water system… and I believe He’ll do it again.
Please continue to keep Redwood Glen in your prayers. We’re working things out financially with our vendors but I am feeling terrible having to cut most of our staff back to little or no hours. If you feel God leading you to give, please click on the button below and know that your money will go to giving more employment hours to the best staff around.
Here’s to moving another mountain.