Series: Grant reports for Freeborn County Community Foundation for Tentmakers
Published 10:26 am Friday, April 15, 2016
Project: Wilderness North maintenance, repairs and construction
Report: Tentmakers has had an exciting year, according to a press release. The organization has continued its mission to raise up young people with compassion, character and faith in Jesus Christ, who have the imagination, moral fiber and tenacity to lead in all walks of life — business, industry, education, media, the arts, government and church.
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The group sent its inaugural team of Young Daniels, ages 18 to 26, who graduated from Tentmakers Daniel Leadership Institute into the mission field for one year.
The team’s “Year on Mission for a Life Mission,” culminated in Tentmakers’ first international mission experience in the Czech Republic and the group’s first international Leadership Quest camp overseas. The Tentmakers also had a busy summer and fall with three Leadership Quest camps for high school students, as well as two back-to-back, 40-day Daniel Leadership Institutes.
For over 25 years, Wilderness North, Tentmakers 1,600 acre retreat, conference and training facility on Murphy Lake, an hour north of Duluth, has been home to all of the organization’s leadership development experiences.
Thousands of pastors, church groups, high school students, teachers, families and individuals have used the remote facility for solace, solitude and leadership training. As a result, Wilderness North has a growing list of maintenance, repair and construction projects.
The grant funding that has been received, will go towards repairing and rebuilding the boardwalk in the main campus area; completed trenching and installation of the electrical service for the proposed recreational vehicle area designed for longer-term mentors, guests and visitors; sanding, stripping and staining the exterior of the New Testament cabins and lodge; beginning the process of making the New Testament cabins less accessible to small animals with the design and implementation of an entry prevention system in the cabin eaves; and purchasing the materials for a freestanding sauna house for the Old Testament cabins.