Pray First

Pray First Updates

Posted November 1, 2022

I’m not much of a builder. Sure, I can build a basic bookshelf, frame in the occasional window or put up exterior wooden siding. Ask me to build a home, garage, or a three story building to be used for staff housing (with a walkout basement bathhouse!), and I’d say that it’s a bit beyond my skill level. 

Such was the situation when I arrived at Maranatha. Towering over our swimming pond stands Pond View, the last major building project of our founder, Chris Edmunds. With a vision for the future, he hoped that it would one day house staff members and their families. Today, it stands not only as that, but also as a constant reminder of my personal lack of skills as a construction worker. I knew the project needed to be completed, but I found myself overwhelmed by the task at hand.

Recently, the Lord burdened my heart to pray more fervently for the completion of Pond View. With many more pressing facilities projects behind us, it seemed like the time was right. So I did what any preacher of the gospel would do, I went down, laid hands on the building and prayed. I must admit, my prayer wasn’t fancy or elegant, it was simply, “Lord, complete this building for your glory.” 

Then God began to work. He brought someone to complete the septic and repair the leaking foundation. He also provided a crew to frame-off the second floor rooms next week. God be praised! 

However, God has also been working in my heart in regards to this project. The overwhelming feeling I would get when I saw the unfinished building has quickly turned to one of confidence that God was going to complete this project. I began to see it now for its potential, the potential to not only house future staff members but to make God’s power known as He provides miraculously beyond what we are able. I pray that God would give myself, and all of us, “eyes to see and ears to hear” of the great works He has planned. 

Would you pray with us for God’s provision, the completion of Pond View, and for God to be magnified through this building project?

Jon LaMontagne
Camp Director


  • God is working in hearts to see Pond View completed.
  • Projects on the building are planned for before winter.
  •  Limited funds available to complete the next steps. 

Pray For

  • Additional septic tank + repair of leaking foundation to be done before winter.
  • Skilled laborers and volunteers (particularly plumbers and electricians).
  • Finances to keep this costly construction project moving forward as the people become available.


  • A Story of Impact

    Posted September 6, 2022

    At camp, we don’t often get to see or be part of the growth produced in people’s lives as they go home and apply what they’ve learned and experienced here. What a treasure when we do get a glimpse into Jesus’s work in lives!

  • Summer Review

    Posted August 10, 2022

    Thanks for praying for our summer camps! God’s faithfulness, protection, and provision were evident throughout each week. He continues to provide in unexpected ways and in the small details (see below for more!)

  • Thank you for praying for our family camps! We saw many answers to prayer during those two weeks. We look forward to sharing more later. A couple testimonies from families:

  • Family Camps

    Posted June 17, 2022

    10 days til our first family camp of the summer! We have two back-to-back weeks of family camp and are so excited to serve and pour into these families. These weeks allow families to rest from the chaos of life, hear gospel-centered teaching, and…

  • Guiding our Steps and Stops

    Posted June 2, 2022

    Often we think of God’s blessing in terms of gifts. But what if the best thing for us is the loss of something or the detour of our own plans? As Muller says, God sovereignly orders our stops. We tend to see lack as bad, but God’s perspective is so much larger than ours. We learned recently that Grace Cottage is in need of…

  • Exciting Staff Update!

    Posted May 17, 2022

    We’re excited to announce the arrival of two new staff members! To meet the needs of camp and continue stewarding our budget well, all our staff are currently raising missionary support to serve in full-time or part-time capacities. This minimizes the need for team members to work additional jobs while volunteering in vital camp roles. We’re excited to see how God continues to build…

  • More than Weed Whacking

    Posted May 1, 2022

    Spring means time for spring cleaning and gardening! But to produce a healthy garden, you have to weed. Weeding is tedious. You start pulling, just to realize you’ve simply plucked the tops of the weeds off–the roots remain stuck. It’s easier to pull the small weeds than the huge ones. But it is also tempting to…

  • An Invitation

    Posted April 1, 2022

    God is moving across the world, building His Kingdom, and He’s inviting us to be part of that! How? One essential way–faithful prayer. The incredible thing about prayer is that it joins us in the work God is already doing, that we maybe were oblivious to. We know He’s building His Kingdom, but where and how? One essential way–

  • Camp is Ablaze!

    Posted February 24, 2022

    Announcing our 2022 theme: Ablaze! We anticipate an exciting ministry year as we commence our first-ever annual camp theme. Based off 2 Timothy 1:6-7, the Ablaze theme encourages us to “fan into flame the gift of God.” We’re asking God to..

  • Celebrating another year of ministry!

    Posted December 14, 2021

    God is GOOD! As I walk around the grounds, I can’t help but see signs of God’s faithfulness everywhere. From the echoes of guests, to the laughter of volunteers, to the noise of hammers and saws, God truly did do great things here in 2021!

  • Exciting News!

    Posted September 13, 2021

    Through the last two years of transition, the board recognized the urgency in establishing a full-time director to help carry and stay true to our revitalized mission of inspiring life-changing encounters with Jesus.

    After much prayer and counsel, we are very excited to announce that…