INVITATION FOR ALL MEN!
Who: All Men (pastors, laymen, businessmen, alumni, campers, former Northland staff, friends of Dr. Ollila, and friends of Northland)
What: Prayer Challenge/Prayer Meeting
Theme: Seek God for the Future—See God Today
When: Monday, January 11, 2016, starting at supper, until 3pm Tuesday, January 12 (If you cannot come for the entire event, join us for part of it.)
Where:Northland’s JEC 2nd Floor, W10085 Pike Plains Road, Dunbar, WI 54119
Why: We are asking God for 100 men to seek Him for a season of prayer, praise, and challenge from God’s Word. Northland needs men of God to make a difference. Other
Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis, possibly with 2-3 men per room. There are area hotels in the area as well.
Feel free to pass on this invitation to other men.
Please RSVP with a Yes or a No ASAP to: 1DebbieShook@gmail.com. Include your contact information (name, address, telephone number, email) in your response. If you can only come for part of the event, or you would like to request housing, please indicate that as well.
Schedule of Events
Monday, January 11
6:00-7:00pm - Supper
7:00-7:45pm - Prayer Session 1
7:45-8:30pm - Prayer Session 2
8:30-9:15pm - Prayer Session 3
9:15pm - Light Refreshments
Tuesday, January 12
8:00-8:45am - Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45am - Prayer Session 4
10:00-10:45am - Prayer Session 5
11:00-11:45am - Prayer Session 6
Noon - Lunch
1:00-1:45pm - Prayer Session 7
2:00-2:45pm - Prayer Session 8
2:45-3:00pm - Concluding Comments/Dismissal
Northland's Specific Needs
For nearly fifty-seven years, God used Northland to change thousands of lives through its camp and university ministries. After the university closed its doors last July and the camp ministry concluded with little hope of returning, God moved in people’s hearts and their giving spirit to raise the necessary funds to open the doors at Northland once again.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Les Ollila, former Northland president and chancellor, is fully committed to seeing Northland move forward so the Gospel can spread and people can change through the preaching of God’s Word. We are honored to have him as one of our closest advisers and look forward to his increasing involvement in the days ahead. He has been such a blessing and encouragement to everyone, and he desires to see the resurgence of interest in Northland’s former constituency. And, by the way, many former staff and supporters are also ready to serve at Northland to advance the ministry.
We’ll regularly post other announcements at our camp website, so be sure to check out http:/href= for the latest Northland news and updates, including our 2016 camp schedules and a lineup of exciting speakers. Also, be sure to “like” us on our new Northland Camp Facebook page. We encourage families, teens, and youth to join us this summer for camp. We need summer staff, volunteers, and active supporters.
Just a few short months ago, many of you dug deep and gave sacrificially to “Save Northland,” and we so appreciate each of you. More than $400,000 was received. God blessed your generosity; Northland’s debt was satisfied. However, due to a number of reasons, the revenue cycle was severely impaired, and events couldn’t be properly planned and promoted. Therefore, we have been unable to host retreats, camps, or conferences for the first time in decades. Consequently, we need your help to bring back a thriving camp ministry, begin a Bible institute, and start exciting new strategies, such as our RV family park. As winter approaches, we must place all but a few buildings in “hibernation” status and pray for a profitable summer camp program and the generous gifts of God’s people as we restart Northland. God did it before, and He can do it again—but He chooses to use God’s people. Here are specific ways your designated financial gift can help:
A gift toward $75,000 would put fuel in our propane tanks—with lower fuel prices, a mild winter, and no building usage, the facilities could be heated for this amount.
A gift toward $22,000 would provide a reliable ministry vehicle—it is necessary that we have a vehicle to visit churches all over the Midwest. There are currently no travel vehicles left in the Northland fleet.
A “capital campaign” gift of $250,000 would help Northland prepare for an exciting future. But investment capital is required to help Northland finally make it to a healthy revenue cycle. This gift would provide marketing, programs, and other important technical tools to prepare for a successful camping season.
An RV park to accommodate 150 RV locations in and around Reflection Lake would cost about $250,000. This family-friendly addition would allow 120 days of additional camper participation, adding tremendous value to the ministry opportunities ahead. It would include the possibility to add a revenue stream that could support the annual operational budget for years to come.
Would you consider giving an end-of-the-year contribution? Even small gifts warm our hearts as we partner with you in training the next generation of servant-leaders. Just tonight, while I was typing this letter, a decades-long supporter called to say she was sending $4,000 to help Northland. This is the type of sacrifice the next chapter of Northland will require if we successfully get to the 2016 summer camping season. Please go online at http:/href=/partnering/home for credit card payments; or mail your check, payable to “Northland Mission, Inc.,” to Northland, W10085 Pike Plains Road, Dunbar, WI 54119. Please include your contact information with your gift. Also, would you consider volunteering your time by providing man power or spreading the good news about Northland’s future to its thousands of former friends and supporters? Please let people know that we need assistance. Specifically, we are looking for retired people to move to Northland to take on key responsibilities, and we need volunteer teams to help with various tasks. If you can help in any way, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.
We appreciate you and are so thankful for your continued support. Your part might be small, but together we can make a difference.
For God’s glory alone,
December 5, 2015
We thank God that He has given Northland a tremendous campus in which to operate Gospel ministry, and we intend to be good stewards of the resources He has directed our way. Making sure Northland maintains a viable and healthy ministry requires that we make financial decisions that revolve around accountability, transparency, and a willful decision to ‘live within one’s means.' So allow me to give you a peek into how God has worked in the past several months.
When we first started our fundraising efforts in early June 2015, we realized that we needed to satisfy the approximate $1,216,000 debt before the former Northland board of trustees would honor a transition of stewardship. On September 30, 2015, a new board of trustees was named, and the next chapter of Northland started with great anticipation and optimism.
We praise the Lord for using His people to meet the financial expectations, especially at the beginning stages. We understood that if Northland were to survive, it could only be done through the gracious and sacrificial gifts of God’s people—namely, alumni, former campers, staff, board members, and many friends and partners. Over 300 individuals and/or groups pledged funds to ‘Save Northland.’ What a testament to how God used Northland over the years.
In summary, $319,000 was reduced from the total obligation for various reasons, which brought the total amount needing to be satisfied to $897,000. This total amount reflected a $497,000 past-due line-of-credit note from Stephenson National Bank in Crivitz, Wisconsin. The remaining balance related to local and regional vendors. In any event, Stephenson National Bank graciously pushed back the payment of this note one year (due September 2016). This allowed our fundraising efforts to focus on only $397,000.
We are so thankful that $430,869.85 was received from cash donations through our various efforts related to fundraising. Enough funds were collected to allow past bills to be paid, except for Stephenson National Bank. All money raised was collected and applied toward debt. The extra funds were primarily designated to an escrow account that allowed the line-of-credit note to be extended one year.
The last remaining obligation is to raise funds to satisfy Stephenson National Bank, which is our obligation now that we have become stewards of the Northland campus. In addition, the limited amount of money in the bank after the transition of the board of trustees was not enough to satisfactorily address the financial needs during the winter months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dear Friends and Ministry Supporters:
As you know, Northland has gone through a recent major transition. Since questions related to the details of any ministry often arise, I thought I would take the most common questions that I have received and answer them briefly. Because we desire clarity, we hope this clarity will help our many friends to continue their participation once again.
Who owns Northland? Northland is a recognized 501c non-profit organization, and no one person or group personally benefits from the ownership or its liquidation of its assets. Northland, like all 501c non-profits, are required to have a board of trustees. This board of trustees is a working board, designed to achieve Northland’s mission. Northland is owned and stewarded by Northland. Northland has no legal or ownership ties to any third party.
How involved is Project 14 Global Missions with Northland? Project 14 Global Missions was the organization that God used to help transition Northland in a very difficult period of time. To the best of their ability, P14GM provided board members from their organization to help steward the transition of the Northland facility. Northland will always be grateful for these individuals for the work they did to bring about future opportunity here. P14GM recognizes the need for Northland to be governed by a Northland board of trustees, and they are personally committed to restoring that paradigm by appointing Northland mission-minded people to continue the ministry vision.
Is Dr. Les Ollila involved at Northland? Dr. Les Ollila served at Northland as president and chancellor for 30 years, which officially ended a couple of years ago. He has graciously accepted the opportunity to help Northland re-establish itself with a constituency that was very supportive during his years at Northland. Living just a mile from campus, he has been a constant source of counsel and encouragement. While he still maintains a busy ministry travel schedule, he has come alongside us during this process to provide friendship, partnership, and participation.
What are you going to focus on next? While everyone understands that the seasonal winter camping events are not going to be held at this time, we are focused on re-opening Northland’s 2016 summer camping season. Our list of speakers are already posted at www.northlandcamp.org. We are planning on having a full camping season as well as other seasonal events in early spring. In addition, we will have an aggressive rental retreat or conference center. Our plans also include a RV park around Reflection Lake, including several activity centers at the same location, not to mention a Bible institute, starting this September, as the Lord directs. Stay tuned for more information in the future.
How can I help? We need people who love Northland and who express affirmation and motivation for future opportunities to flood their social media sites with the opportunities that exist at Northland. We also need people to give financially and attend Northland Camp this summer. Actually, there were two time periods that Northland needed to be saved. The first period was wrapped around the financial, and while there are still current ongoing financial needs, God directed others to save the property through their gracious gifts. The next period to save Northland was through active participation. That participation was seen in the commitment that pastors, churches, and families show by voting to attend Northland Camp this summer.
How can I help financially? God has done something special at Northland. It appears that He has preserved the ministry from an imminent closure. Each dollar that is given will help Northland and will be used for ongoing needs. We have larger needs that need instant attention; we will post this information soon (Dec. 7-11). If others are able to give larger gifts, that generosity will put Northland on a stronger footing.
Thank you for your active interest in Northland. I anticipate giving regular updates. Continue to pray.
For God’s glory alone,
December 3, 2015
I want to humbly express my appreciation for the opportunity to return to Northland to help move the camping ministry forward. In early August, I took a voluntary leave of absence to refocus my devotion on some spiritual priorities that I knew must be addressed before God would bless further leadership efforts. Northland has always been a place where we were exhorted to guard the issues of the heart first. Now I again have personally enjoyed some months of a God-orchestrated life change and have returned to the Northland responsibilities revived, refreshed, and recommitted to help continue that Northland vision that so many of us have come to love and appreciate.
In the last couple of months, communication regarding Northland has been disheartenly scarce. But we are back with a renewed desire to keep the friends of Northland fully informed. Expect a continuous stream of information that will be forthcoming on a regular basis. Every few days, on the Northland Camp website, I will attempt to address topics related to Northland’s future strategy and current challenges. Over the last couple of weeks I have been thankful for several alumni and former staff who have been a blessing to me personally and to the efforts required to sustain the ongoing organizational health of Northland. In fact, what a blessing to have Debbie Shook literally volunteering her time, sacrificing and preparing information like this for us. Some of our first alumni, Fred and Dawn Barribeau, and other alumni like Pastor Ray Anderson and Chad Filipiak as well as so many others have reached out to help in practical ways. I have spoken recently to Dr. Wynne Kimbrough, Dr. Marty Herron, and Dr. Marty Von who are thrilled to hear of God burdening our heart to accept this challenge and are praying for our forward movement. We realize there is much to be done, and we will only advance on our knees.
Dr. Les Ollila, former Northland president and chancellor, has been a real blessing. Doc O is fully behind the efforts to help move Northland into ministry mode once again and has helped by encouraging former friends and supporters to continue active participation in Northland’s future. I am asking all of our Northland friends to continue their support.
In the next couple of days, a detailed accounting of the money raised to satisfy Northland’s debt will be explained. It is a blessing to know that so many people gave during this process. However, it took longer than anyone anticipated to transition the ministry to the new board of directors. Consequently, we did not acquire the facilities until October 1; thus, there was no time to develop a fall, winter, or spring program for constituency to register. Therefore, there is no revenue stream, except for the small donations that thankfully continue to trickle into the organization. Obviously there is a real financial need, and Northland is now very vulnerable as we approach the heart of the winter months.
Please pray and consider giving an end-of-the-year gift in any amount to satisfy our current $150,000 need so we can make it through the winter. Any gifts of any size will be appreciated. In addition, we are praying that God would have someone step forward to potentially secure a matching fund opportunity for special gifts that our alumni and friends could participate in before year’s end. Since a lot of snow will be hitting us, our hope is that something happens soon. Why is money still needed? Good question. First, about $90,000 in pledges were never given, which depleted our meager resources much more quickly. Second, because the transition of ministry facilities took longer than expected, revenue streams in the fall and winter were not possible. Third, Northland needs time to establish organizational “trust,” particularly with previous donors and supporters which helped with previous needs, and fourth, our current financial resources to get to the summer camping season, let alone to January, are not able to sustain a lean but rigorous attempt to bring friends and prospects back to the campus.
Please pray for us as we continue our selection of an executive board which will be comprised of Northland alumni, Northland campers, and friends of Northland who represent the heart of this ministry that was fostered for so many years. We know God can use those of us who were once here to see something happen again. Also pray that we will continue to see the genuine works of God at Northland. Do help where you are able.
For Northland to experience a full resurgence of ministry service to a host of grateful friends, we are going to need ongoing financial, prayer, and volunteer support. Ministries always need this, and Northland is no different. It is especially needed now. Recently someone asked me if I was willing to return to Northland in some capacity. My answer was, and has always been, an optimistic YES! Of course, Northland needs to find friends who desire to continue supporting this ministry.
Please allow me to paint a motivating picture for your consideration—If one person only represents one flashlight, then my wife, Carol, and I (both Northland graduates and longstanding camp staff) are willing to be at least two flashlights. We know of about 50 other people willing to be flashlights too! The challenge is: Northland really needs more than a flashlight; it needs a "floodlight”—a really powerful and sustained blast from a greater number of flashlights. In order to secure this “floodlight,” we need a thousand flashlights standing together pointing at the same hope and mission. The question remains, “are there 948 other flashlights” willing to stand? Now is the time to let your light shine! Let’s turn on the flashlights.
If you are interested in donating any amount, please go online here or mail your check, payable to Northland Mission, Inc., to Northland, W10085 Pike Plains Road, Dunbar, WI 54119. Please include your contact information with your gift. For more information or questions, feel free to call 715-324-6900, and we will be happy to assist you. Thank you in advance for your prayers and sacrificial generosity.
For God’s glory alone,