Midlands Mission Center

Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center Update

What strange days are these? At Lake Doniphan, it is so hard for us to grasp what a summer without you will look like. As members of the Lake Doniphan Board of Directors, we want you to know that the work continues. Katelin Calhoun, Executive Director, is maintaining our facilities and keeping the campground you love safe and secure. Together we are all looking to the future to ensure our long-term vitality.

The Board is heartbroken that campers who laugh, sing, play, pray, worship, and breathe life into Lake Doniphan will not be filling our campground in the weeks to come. Although we can't welcome you with open arms this summer, we have good news to share. With your help and the proceeds gained from our 75th Anniversary Dinner, kicking off the Revive and Renovate Capital Campaign, we were able to move forward with our first phase of onsite updates. Upon your return, you'll be able to celebrate the opening of the refurbished pool, sit under the cool breeze of the upgraded fan in the tabernacle, and be refreshed with the cool air of a new HVAC system in the mini lodge.

These updates would not have been able to happen without the generous contributions we've received so far. Our inaugural fundraising dinner raised over $26,000! The Board can not be be more overjoyed by this generosity.

However, as the campground remains closed and we are unable to host our beloved camps, we are confronting the reality of total loss of income. We are doing everything we can to reduce our budget but there is no way to reduce that expenditure to zero. We need critical support to make it through this time. Our main goal is to ensure that we have a campground to return to when the time is right. We need your help.

COVID-19 has affected each of us. Our daily lives look much different than they did only 2 months ago. There are many needs all around us. If your circumstances allow, please consider a donation to Lake Doniphan in this critical time.

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Chihowa Retreat Center Update

Chihowa Retreat Center began the year with a heightened sense of expectation, as it planned for the many camps scheduled to occur this spring and summer. Unfortunately, our well laid plans were interrupted by a series of unfortunate events.

A windstorm that swept through late last year had left some of the facilities damaged and several large trees on the ground. With the help of several volunteers the trees are getting cleared out and repairs are mostly completed. The completed landscaping will complement the upgraded recreational vehicle park from last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from hosting the camps that we all enjoy. Our summer calendar was cleared in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, knowing that protecting those who are more likely to be exposed in a resident camp environment is critically important. While this has dramatically affected the summer camping season, it has also allowed us to reconsider the many opportunities we have to be a light in our community. We are using this time perform many maintenance items, become engaged in our local business community, and consider how the retreat center may be used in new and innovative ways to help spread the love of Jesus Christ.

We have also experienced some change in our management staff. We would like to express our gratitude to Jean Davis for her time as Chihowa Retreat Center Resident Manager. We know she has made many friends while managing the use of the retreat center and being present during many reunions and camps. Jean’s last day will be June 13, 2020. We wish her many blessings in her next adventure.

Chihowa Retreat Center will begin looking for a new resident manager in the near future. In the interim, Allen and Cricket Laughlin have graciously agreed to stay on site as interim resident managers. They will be coordinating efforts this summer to accomplish some much-needed updates and administrative improvements. If you would like to volunteer in any way, they would welcome your call: 816.665.1867.

As we consider these opportunities to reach out to our brothers and sisters, we realize that there remain many obstacles to address. They involve both financial needs and human resources. The mission center has been an ardent supporter of the retreat center for many decades, and we are confident that this will continue over the next several months as the revenue typically received over the summer will not be received. We are prayerful that you may consider your ongoing support to this vital ministry for the future of our youth, our congregants, and our community.

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Chihowa Retreat Center

Chihowa Retreat Center is a year-round facility, and is entirely self-contained. It is ideal for groups of 50 to 150, but smaller groups are also welcome. Chihowa is especially suitable for week-long and weekend gatherings.

Lake Doniphan Conference & Retreat Center

Nestled in 300 acres on the eastern edge of historic Excelsior Springs, Missouri, the Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center provides a beautiful and functional setting for business meetings, special events, retreats, conferences, reunions, and seminars. Whether for an evening, full-day, weekend or midweek, Lake Doniphan offers a peaceful natural environment for education, recreation and renewal.