New retreat director position

I wanted to make you all aware of a new position we have open at Miracle Camp.  It is a full time, year round program position.  The title is "Retreat Director" and will be someone to provide leadership, hiring, scheduling and training of staff for all our Ice Camps, Man Camps, Women's Retreat, guest group retreats, and other retreats throughout the year.  We are looking for someone who is an excellent leader, communicator, and organizer with an incredible passion for the Lord.  I have attached the position advertisement and the job description to this email.

A resume and a personal philosophy of Christian camping ministry can be sent to jason@miraclecamp.com by Aug 1, 2013.

If you know anyone who might be interested please feel free to pass this along or let me know.  Thanks!

Jason Coon, Program Director
Miracle Camp and Retreat Center
Work: 269.624.6161
Cell: 269.350.4802



I often take a step back to think about why I do what I do each day.  I mean, I'm pretty sure that my job is the best job in the world; however, I want to make sure that what I do has impact in the lives of those around me.  I want to follow Christ each day and spread his gospel and love to each person that comes to Miracle Camp and Retreat Center.  This video does a good job of explaining this very thing...

The Power of Camp from Miracle Camp on Vimeo.


I remember being a young boy and going on a father son retreat in Illinois with my dad.  It was an amazing church retreat with lots of dads and sons.  I remember my dad and I waking up early one morning and he made a campfire from the hot coals of the night before.  In my grade school mind I was amazed at how this could be done.  My dad was the coolest.

Now that I'm a father I so appreciate the time my father took to spend time with me.  I hope my children look back at their life and say the same about me.

This is why I'm so excited about our Michigan parent child retreats at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center.  I hope these retreats help relationships between parents and their children to grow deeper.

Deut 6:6-9 says, "These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."

Take some time today to teach your kids about God's word!

Miracle Camp and Retreat Center offers 2 parent child retreats near Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana.


Remembering Pastor Jim

Pastor Jim Pearson speaking at Man Camp in 2006.  Several men gave their life to the Lord through Jim's work that weekend.
I had the opportunity to attend the funeral of Pastor Jim Pearson of Brookside Community Church in Ft. Wayne, Indiana today.  Ecclesiastes 7:2 talks about how it's better to go to a funeral than to a party.  I never truly understood that until I attended my grandpa's funeral several years ago.  Funerals have a way of giving perspective to life and remembering what's most important.  It was hard to be at the funeral, but good to celebrate Jim's life.

My heart truly goes out to the the Pearson family and to the Brookside community.  I am so sorry for their loss and am praying for them each day.

Here's a few things that I learned from Jim's life and what was shared today.

  • I want to be known as a man that correctly handled the word of truth.  Jim was known for his great Bible teaching and speaking of the word of God.  I want to make sure I know the scriptures and teach it to others.
  • I want people to know how much I love my wife and children.  It was very evident how much Jim loved his family and was proud of them.
  • Finally, I want people to know how much I care about them.  I think this is probably the biggest area of my life I need to work on.  I need to take time for people and not always care about the work that needs done.
Thanks to Pastor Jim for finishing well and for the times he had faithfully served the Lord at Miracle Camp and Retreat Center as well!


Sweet Tea

So I love sweet tea.  It's a great drink for sitting on the porch swing on a beautiful summer morning.  But it can get expensive spending even $1 at McD whenever you want one.  Plus, when you live 15 minutes from McD...you don't get it very often.  So I set out to learn how to make my own.  With the help of the interwebs and a friend...here's the recipe...

First, make a simple syrup
-2 cups of sugar
-1.5 cups of water

Boil for 2 minutes - mixture should be clear when done.

Then...brew your tea
-boil 4 cups of water
-turn off heat and add 9 black tea bags and cover - let sit for 5 minutes

Combine tea and simple syrup and add 8-10 cups of water in pitcher.



Eating Ethiopian

We took our kids to the Blue Nile Restaurant in Ann Arbor a few days ago.  It's a fantastic Ethiopian restaurant.  We weren't quite sure what to expect since our children are younger and love McDonald's.  But we prepped them and hoped for the best.  And much to our surprise, it was one of the most fun experiences eating out as a family.  It was such a great moment to watch our children try new things and find that though it wasn't what they liked best, they enjoyed it just the same.  It was fun to see them experience part of another culture and appreciate Ethiopia.

We recently purchased a globe to have in our house and Operation World, a book on missions and cultures around the world.  We really want our children to grow up loving the nations with the same heart that God has for the nations of the world.

"Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." -Matthew 28:18-19


Taking Water for Granted

This past week our family has had the opportunity to experience life without running water.  Our well was being treated to make sure it was safe for drinking so we got to experience about 3 days without water.  We purchased bottled water, carried 5 gallon buckets of water to flush toilets, and walked to a friend's house to take a shower.  It really made me appreciate what a luxury running water is here in America.  It made me think of Ethiopia (and how much I miss it) and how many people in the villages have to haul their water each day.

It also made me think of sweet organizations like Orphan Justice Mission that help provide wells and clean water to villages in Uganda.

Today, take some time to thank God for what you have.  And then take some time to support an organization that provides clean water around the world.


It doesn't take long

Last week I was at my grandma's funeral back in Peoria, IL.  It was a hart time, but it was good to be with family and it was good to know that Grandma was with Jesus.  I was reminded of how my grandma came to family camp in Michigan still this year.  She was such a spunky old lady and we all loved her very much!

After the burial, we took some time to drive by Grandma and Grandpa's old house.  In the two years since they had lived there is was completely run down.  The grass was messed up, the front door was ripped off, mold was on the siding, the gutters were rusted out - the place was a mess.  Two years ago it was a flawless house in perfect condition.  It was amazing that by simply ignoring the house, the problems had crept up.  Our lives are a lot like that.  In everything we do and the relationships we have things deteriorate quickly if we don't invest in them and put work into them.

I shared this thought with our Michigan retreat center staff.  We talked about how we need to constantly pay attention to details because if we don't, the work we do will end up like this house.  We have to constantly improve and strive to be better.

My grandparents taught me a lot of lessons...even in their passing.  I'm going to miss them a lot.