Great news! The first cabin at Epworth Forest is under construction and will be ready for camp next summer. If about $150,000 in cash is raised in the next 30 days, the construction of the second cabin also will begin; open for youth and ministry in the summer of 2011 too.

The Epworth Forest Project, the building of six new cabins on the Epworth Forest Conference Center campus at North Webster, Ind., so that an additional 10,000 folks might come for camp and retreats each year, has been blessed with those who said they would wait to give until the project was really off the ground. It is off the ground – now is the time. The first new construction at Epworth Forest since 1964 is under way.

Shawnee Construction Company has made an amazing offer. As the two cabins are built at about the same time, construction saving will be realized. Shawnee will pass on the saving to the project. This savings can be as much as $200,000. That window of saving is open until mid-December. Your gift will allow the cost of the project to be as low as possible. How often are we blessed with the opportunity to save money as vital ministry is provided? This is a blessing on so many levels.

To see pictures of the actual site and a live feed from the web cam, go to

Gifts to the project can be made online through the website or mail your check to the Indiana Foundation of the United Methodist Church, 1001 North Western Avenue, Suite D, Marion, IN 46952.

The opportunity to glean these savings come at a great time as folks are thinking about end of year gifts. To those of you, who have already given, thank you. To those who were waiting until the construction actually began, it is time, and to those who want to join in “doing everything it takes to reach the next generation for Jesus Christ,” this is a great opportunity.

Great news – it is not often that one can reach kids for Christ, build the future and save money with the same dollars.

God truly is good!

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