I have been given a gift – one that was unexpected and unwrapped little by little over the last 12 months. It is the gift of hope, of seeing God meet and exceed the needs of our ministry time and time again in ways that are truly miraculous.
As we look toward 2022, God’s faithfulness has enabled us to anticipate the future with hope, and has shaped how we’re moving forward, even as we face some unknowns.
We are excited to pick up where we left off a year-and-a-half ago — the renovation of the Kalbach Welcome Center as part of The Next Chapter: Phase 1.
This project will transform Kalbach into a modern gathering area that features expanded seating options, a coffee/snack shop, and additional spectacular views of the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.
2021 was a banner year as we celebrated 75 years of ministry on our property. It was an opportunity to give thanks to friends like you who have supported and sustained us. It was also a reminder of God’s constant provision, even in seasons of trials and challenges. It takes my mind to the oft-referenced Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV:
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
When the Board of Directors meet, we begin with the following prayer: “Thank you for the many people whose lives will be influenced through our meeting -- other board members, staff, volunteers, donors, participants, vendors, and generations yet unborn who will benefit from the decisions we make today.”
Every time we read this prayer that last phrase jumps off the page: generations yet unborn. It is humbling to think how the thoughtful and strategic projects we are embarking on today will impact generations to come.
We have a $500,000 goal that will fund the Kalbach renovation project and the operational needs of Sandy Cove. There’s no doubt that this is a project about hope, and every gift is a testimony to the way God uses His people to rally and sustain us.
As one of the two original structures on the Sandy Cove property, Kalbach has served as a meeting place for millions. How exciting that this historical hub will be the first phase of a long-range plan to prepare Sandy Cove for generations yet unborn.
God is at work here. Our 2021 Impact Report offers a snapshot of the lives influenced and transformed at Sandy Cove. We couldn’t do it without your prayers and support.
Thank you for continuing to move forward with us. May the Christmas season offer the ultimate reminder that Jesus Never Fails.
Stephen J. Weaver
President & CEO
P.S. Your gift will help us put Kalbach renovation plans at the top of our list in 2022! More gathering options, expanded coffee bar and incredible views as people connect with God and each other. We can’t wait! We hope you’ll consider a gift today.