The Epworth Forest Project can save $200,000 in the next month as cash is received. The Epworth Forest Project, the task of building six new cottages at Epworth Forest Conference Center in North Webster, Ind., will allow for year round ministry to reach an additional 10,000 youth and young adults a year for Christ, broke ground for the build on Aug. 11. This is the first capital project at this campus since 1964.

This great news gets even better: If the construction of the first two buildings is done at the same time, the contractor will be able to reduce the cost of the build by about 20 percent. To take advantage of this saving, an additional $700,000 in cash must be raised in the next month to meet this challenge. This is a saving of about $200,000 for the first two cottages.

At the beginning of September, the camp board stepped up and raised about $150,000, and along with some short term pledges and verbal commitments, the project is at about $200,000. One member of the board wrote a check for $125,000. Another member of the board pledged to give 23 percent of her savings.

The Indiana Conference Camping Board made a great stewardship decision some months ago that the project should be on a cash basis; no construction loans and no mortgages. This will case the project to have a lower cost, while adding the challenge of raising funds as construction continues.

Individuals, as well as church families, are being asked to prayerfully consider making a cash gift to the project and that the $700,000 will be raised so that the 20 percent savings can be realized. There are several ways that financial support can be given. They include:

  • Online gifts can be given through the Epworth Forest website: and click on Donate.
  • Mail a check payable to the Epworth Forest Project to the NIC Foundation, 1001 North Western Ave., Suite D, Marion IN 46952.
  • Support also can be sent through local churches.
  • Remember, all donations are tax deductible.

If you or your congregation would like more information on the Epworth Forest Project, go to the website or contact the development team at or call Rev. Brindel at 317-924-1321.

This is an exciting challenge for all of us as we claim our past and build for the future to “do everything it takes to reach the next generation for Jesus Christ.”

The Rev. Jean Moorman Brindel, CFRE, AFP, serves as Development Director: The Epworth Forest Project at North Webster, Ind.

We claim our past and build for the future…to reach the next generation. . .