Forest Home President, Gary Wingerd says “I never want to forget what happened on August 3, 2014 because it revealed the power of God through the body of Jesus Christ.“
It was the worst storm in Forest Home history. Over 9 inches of rain in just 2 hours combined with 500,000 gallons of water from the water tank’s broken supply lines, bringing tons of mud and debris rushing down the mountain.
Adventure Mountain (Forest Home’s camp center for 5th-6th graders) and Forest Center (the main adult and family camp site) were hit the hardest. Four feet of debris surrounded the Prayer Chapel. Another four feet of mud covered the floor of historic Hormel Hall. And the new Forest Center Pool was a muddy mess!
Standing in Hormel Hall that night, Gary wondered, “How in the world will we ever recover from this?”
We are thrilled to announce that — by God’s grace and YOUR help — we are renewed, rebuilt, and ready for thousands of campers this summer!
CLICK HERE to learn more about God’s extraordinary provision through hundreds of volunteers, donors, churches, vendors and other ministry partners. THANK YOU for volunteering, giving, praying, and sending words of encouragement. We are humbled.
We are anticipating a historic season of ministry for the Gospel this summer at Forest Home. We can’t wait to share more in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Your special gift today will help us welcome thousands of kids and families to Forest Home this summer!
Monday, March 16, 2015 // Forest Falls, California
Forest Home, a Christian Camp and Conference Center ministry, welcomes Katie Houser as Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries. Ms. Houser joined the organization to further develop their ministries to 3rd-5th graders at the historic Village Camp Center.
“I’m excited to start this new position because of my passion for how God works uniquely in Camp Ministry,” said Ms. Houser. “It is a blessing to work in ministry here at Forest Home where they focus on bringing glory to God, and the sense of family community.”
Ms. Houser is a graduate of California Baptist University in Riverside with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. She majored in elementary subject matter with a minor in global studies. Ms. Houser received her multiple subject teaching credential in 2014.
With a heart for working with children, Ms. Houser has served in children’s ministry at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Redlands for eight years along with tutoring international students at Arrowhead Christian Academy, and as a counselor/teacher at Camp TLC.
Ms. Houser has been a part of the Forest Home community since she was 13 years old, serving as a childcare assistant for four summers, and as part-time staff in the craft center, bookstore, recreation, and at The Village as a trail guide and program assistant. She is looking forward to bringing her experience and a fresh perspective to Forest Home’s programs. Her goal is to create a unique experience for campers that will have a lasting impact for both them and their counselors.
For more information visit www.foresthome.org.
Forest Home’s vision is for all campers to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, explore the Word of God, pursue God’s call on their lives, engage in Christ-centered relationships, and connect with God through His creation. To support this vision, we took steps of faith to upgrade our camp facilities and recreation options.
We prayed this winter that God would do something so incredible that it could only be attributable to Him…. and He did. Not only did He provide funding and contractors to complete our needed projects, but He also led five of these contractors to surrender their lives to Him during the process! Thank you, Lord, for your amazing grace!
The Lord allowed for us to complete the new pool that families and children have enjoyed this summer! The new splash pad is in the middle of construction and will be ready for summer 2014!
We also completed several recreation upgrades, including:
• The new children’s play area, Boulder Junction, inside Canyon Park
• Renovations to the miniature golf course
• A new Forest Center grass field and children’s play area
• A new Prayer Trail
In addition, we updated cabins with:
• New mattresses
• New bedspreads
• New shower caddies, window fans and towel hooks
Finally, we’ve made two big changes in our retail department:
• We’ve installed a new grill in the Clubhouse for hamburgers and artisan sandwiches
• We’ve added a new retail location with an expanded collection of Outfitters apparel
We invite you to visit again soon and enjoy all that the Lord has provided for Forest Home!
Campers and guests have asked for new and upgraded recreational and free-time options, and we can’t wait till you see all the changes coming this summer to Forest Home.
Out at Canyon Park (formerly known as The Challenge Course), the bull dozers have been busy. We have built:
• A new children’s play area called Boulder Junction
• A snack cart
• New seating areas
• New landscaped areas and trails
Inside of Forest Center, we are making improvements to some of our recreation options, such as the:
• New pool
• Refurbished mini-golf course
• Upgrades to the playground at Chipmunk Corner
• New prayer trail
• New grass field
We have so much more to share with you. CLICK PLAY to hear from our Director of Recreation, Brian Williams, about these changes.
For other video updates, click on the links below.
The Lord has blessed Forest Home, through donations, with the ability to make sure our guests are comfortable and rested, allowing them to focus on their families and our Savior. There is nothing like a good night’s sleep in a comfy cabin.
Because of generous ministry partners, we are implementing many improvements in Forest Center this summer, including all new:
• Bed spreads and window coverings
• Window screens
• Window fan units
• Hooks inside of cabins
• Shower caddies
• Exterior Paint for all cabins
We’ll also have new recreation and retail options and so much more!
There are so many incredible things happening here as we prepare for you this summer! CLICK PLAY to hear from our Executive Director, Gary Wingerd, about some of these changes!
Stay tuned for future video updates. We have more to share before summer!