Support Lake Forest Ranch through Giving
Below are 5 ways you can give.
Thank you for supporting Lake Forest Ranch and our continued mission of "Building Relationships for Eternal Impact." We cannot sustain ministry without the generous, and faithful support from people like you. Thank you!
You can indicate in the memo box where you would like your gift to go (e.g. Unrestricted, Camp Improvements, Camperships, Mission Camp Macon)
A New Way
Technology has dramatically changed the ways that we spend money and function in the modern world. Gifts to LFR can be given the traditional route through postal mailing checks. There have been camp supporters in the past who have literally saved their spare change in a piggy bank over the year and then sent that amount in a check to LFR as a gift. But times are changing! The newest way to do that is through a free app for your cell phone called “RoundUp.”
Here’s how it works … basically, this app allows you to make a tax-deductible gift to LFR when you make a purchase online by rounding up your purchase to the next dollar amount with the "change from your dollar" going directly to LFR. This brilliant and simple way to give is really catching on with a number of our regular contributors. A cap can be set on the amount given each month and, like all of our gifts given, it's entirely tax deductible.
When your gift is marked "unrestricted," it allows a great deal of flexibility in our use of the contribution. About 8% of our annual operating budget comes from these essential gifts. That's a lot of money given generously from a lot of our faithful supporters. These gifts help us to keep the cost as low as possible for summer camp, retreats and rental weekends for church groups. We do work hard to be good stewards of this wonderful place so that we can make the camp/retreat experience at Lake Forest both affordable and high quality. This open designation of your gift meets a vast need for LFR, and it helps keep us moving forward. Even small donations make a difference.
Camp improvements are continually being made. Buildings wear out, equipment wears out, and facilities are constantly in need of updating and improving. For our just completed summer, we had to replace a worn out ski boat that we use to pull campers on the tube on the lake, and we also had to replace a work truck that was worn out for one of our facilities staff members. Your gifts designated for this purpose help us to cover these kinds of expenses. We also have improvement projects on the horizon that are needed for housekeeping and an infirmary. Your gift designated for this important need will be immensely helpful as Lake Forest continues to provide excellent facilities to enhance the work that we do here.
Campers whose families can't afford the full cost to send their kids to camp and families with multiple kids wanting to come to camp, but who don't have the budget to allow that, are the recipients of many of these gifts. Some campers who wish to go to camp need full camperships provided because their parents are enduring severe economic hardship. This fund allows those children to come to camp. Also, we have several group homes like the Palmer Home for Children and the Methodist Children's Home that need benefactors covering their cost for camp. Also, through Prison Fellowship, we receive numerous requests for camperships each summer through their Angel Tree program (for children who have parents that are incarcerated). It is such a delight to be able to tell all of those who request assistance that they will have their expenses covered through friends like you. The need is real, and the opportunity to bless a child immensely and eternally makes it a fabulous investment in young lives for the glory of God.
Mission Camp Macon
This July week of camp is impacting so many lives in our LFR community of Noxubee County. Summer 2019 will be year number sixteen for this unique and life-changing camp experience for Macon and surrounding area youth. Local churches, businesses, and individuals faithfully give to help make this possible, but there is always the need for support beyond the local folks to make this happen. Each year over 500 children and youth get to hear the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a safe and fun environment of camp. Over 30 campers at Camp Macon this year trusted Jesus Christ as personal savior. Local pastors and churches are following up on those new creation decisions. We get to impact our community through Mission Camp Macon one life at a time. Please consider giving to this opportunity to make an eternal impact by joining us in making a difference in so many lives in one of the neediest areas of Mississippi.