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Christian camp receives grant

Camp Mount Luther, located five miles west of Mifflinburg off Route 45, received financial help at the beginning of this year thanks to a grant from a national church body.

The camp received a $9,000 operating grant from the Total Inclusion! Program.

Total Inclusion! is a collaborative effort of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) churchwide organization in Chicago and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries (LOM), the association of the camps and retreat centers affiliated with the ELCA.

Total Inclusion! is an opportunity to inspire, educate and resource LOM organizations as they move toward a wider and more intentional inclusion of people who have been historically marginalized in the church — especially people of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+. The grant can be used for general operating expenses. As part of the grant, camp staff will be participating in some events to learn more about being a more welcoming and hospitable place. The grant originators recognized the strain COVID-19 placed on Lutheran outdoor ministries and made this opportunity available.

“We are indeed grateful for this funding opportunity,” Chad Hershberger, executive director, said. “The past year has been difficult for all non-profits and having this chance to not only obtain some funding but also to participate in the upcoming virtual programs designed to make us even more welcoming is something that we look forward to,” Hershberger said.

He added, “This is one of the many pandemic positives that I have seen in these months that we’ve been adapting to coronavirus.”

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