October 19, 2018
Dear Friend of Orchard Hill,
Ten years ago, I did something I’ve never done before.
Responding to an expressed need from a local homeless ministry, my team and I invited homeless men to spend two weeks at Christmas with us at Orchard Hill. Because these men had almost nothing except the clothes on their back, we bought them:
- New clothing
- Sleeping bags
And, we fed and cared for them, gave them a huge banquet in their honor, got them out of the cold, and for those who needed it, helped them obtain identification.
That was ten years ago. Every year since, the same effort and love has taken place.
Many of these men are in danger of losing all hope. Our goal is to show them that they are valued, that they matter and that they are loved. To illustrate, one man wrote:
“I never knew a place like Camp Orchard Hill existed or the lovely people here. I thank you very much for all you’ve given to me and the fellow brothers. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I leave tomorrow but I know I’m leaving with HOPE. When I got here I was detoxing from heroine. I’m clean today and pray that God keeps me strong. You guys had a tremendous impact on my life. There is no way to thank you. Just know I’m not leaving the same.”
As a friend of Orchard Hill, you have a right to expect us to be good citizens of the community where we work, along with expecting us to obey our Lord’s command to help those in need.
Every year for the last ten years, “Christmas at Camp” has taken place. Without fail. Now, I need your help.
This year “Christmas at Camp” will cost almost $20,000 . . . I wonder if you could help us with this cost? Each individual who comes to camp for the 16 days costs us $560. To help with half of the cost is $280. Gifts of $140 or $70 would also be of great help.
I know this type of request is out of the ordinary for Orchard Hill. Quite frankly, the program is important enough that we will not discontinue it. Though we closely watch our budget in order to be good stewards of the money you entrust to us, these individuals have nothing and we need to help them.
If you can send us a gift along with your prayers, great! And, if you can’t, we would love for you to pray for these homeless individuals and our efforts to share the love of Christ with them.
Thank you for everything you do on behalf of Orchard Hill.
P.S. Some individuals may not be able to give at the financial levels I mentioned. Each sleeping bag costs $49 and gifts like this – or any amount you choose to send – would be really helpful. Thank you again.