Camp_INGENOA, Neb.—Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp is aiming to upgrade its staff housing, with help from GARBC churches and individuals.

In the late 1960s, the Lord burdened the Nebraska Association of Regular Baptist Churches with the need for a local camping ministry, and in 1971 Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp began.

The debt-free camping ministry “plays a pivotal role in the education and outreach ministries of our NARBC churches,” says Jeremy Penrod, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Lincoln, Neb., and a member of the camp’s board of trustees. “In the past 43 years, the camp has seen hundreds of people trust Christ as Savior and thousands challenged to grow in their walk with the Lord. Many of those who have attended are actively serving God in their churches today.

At the start of 2014, Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp launched its Raising the Roof campaign, which targets two projects: a new director’s house and summer staff housing.

Penrod says, “Pastor Phil Tilson and his family have faithfully directed our camping ministry for the past 11 years. With only one full-time staff member, we recognize the need for more housing for additional year-round staff. New summer staff housing will allow us to remove several deteriorating trailer homes that require significant financial resources to maintain.”

For its Raising the Roof campaign, the camp is seeking 1,000 people who will commit to giving $10 per month in 2014.

“We recognize that this is an ambitious goal,” Penrod says, “but should we reach that goal, the Lord will have provided $120,000 that will allow us to begin construction on both of these projects.”

So far this year, $61,362 has been donated. Penrod says, “We are amazed by the gracious provision of our God.”