Announcing Northland Institute
This past month we were excited to announce the opening of Northland’s Institute of Leadership and Ministry beginning in September of 2017. Since 1976, Northland has trained thousands of students for life and ministry and we look forward to continuing to train the next generation of servant-leaders for great commission living.
There is nothing more effective than the practical and personal participation a residential program can provide where each student is given targeted, personal attention and dynamic instruction in a conservative, Christian atmosphere. Online classes may bring a greater convenience, but they fall short of the practical ministry and life-touching-life experience of in-person courses.
The Northland Institute benefits those desiring to invest a year or more of their lives to increase their Bible knowledge, shape their Christian life and enhance their life skills. We invite single, Christian young people, ages 18 or older, to participate in this specialized Bible foundations and life skills training program before enlisting in the military, attending a secular college, or going directly into the workforce. The Northland Institute is also perfect for students looking for Bible training, leadership development, and vocational enrichment – after high school, during their early to mid-twenties, after military service, or after their four-year secular college degree.
The institute will employ a block class format with numerous qualified teachers coming in to cover various topics over the course of the school year. Pastors, youth workers, and others are also welcome to sign up to attend specific block classes they are interested in. The current list of courses can be found here.
While we have many items necessary for the start of Northland Institute, we would love to update our classroom technology ($1000) as well as start a scholarship fund. If you would be interested in helping with either of these needs, please let us know.
Please pray with us that the Lord would bless this endeavor. We desire to see students trained at Northland making an impact for the cause of Christ here in the US and around the world!
More information is available at northlandinstitute.org, click here to view the brochure, and send any questions you may have to email@example.com.
For His glory,
The Northland Board of Directors
March Letter from Northland Board of Directors
In Romans 16, the Apostle Paul expressed a great deal of esteem for those who served the church. This arena of colleagues, servants, and committed followers of Christ would not have been known had it not been for this passage of Scripture that reminds each reader of the sacrifices and friendship of an eager army of partners marching forward.
It is encouraging that we don’t know much more about these special people other than what Paul clearly stated—that he loved and appreciated them, and by inference, the Gospel went forward and Christianity increased and abounded because of these unity-builders and grace-givers.
Paul also warns the readers about what stops this bright Gospel light from impacting a dark, dying world. The people who impact a world for Christ can end up losing the ground they fought so hard to acquire. It is a blessing to read of the churches that Paul influenced and the spread of the Gospel during his generation. Some of those ministries and friendships were very short lived, but Paul rejoiced and thanked God for the privilege of serving these believers and their churches.
There are so many churches and ministry-minded people who need encouragement today. They need to be refreshed. They need a friend. The unsaved world around us needs to hear the Gospel. Those who serve at Northland desire to be that type of ministry. Help us build. Help us connect. Know that you have a friend in us and that we rejoice in your labor and your friendship.
And now we must guard it. Help us move the Gospel forward in any of these ways: •Attend and/or spread the word about The Northland Institute (northlandinstitute.org).
•Give toward the Partners Initiative, a specific project, and/or camper scholarship.
•Pray for the staff and Northland.
•Volunteer to spruce up the campus on April 22 or at other times.
•Register for Family Camp, Teen Camp, or Junior Camp by April 2 for the early bird discount.
•Work at Summer Camp—various positions still need to be filled.
•Retired Couples: Work this summer with international students. Duties include supervising and going on all expense paid city bus tours. If interested, send contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
For more information or questions, visit northlandcamp.org or contact us at 715-324-4200. At our annual Founder’s Day on Friday, April 28, we will give a more detailed update. We encourage you to attend; additional details will be given at a later date.
the Northland Board of Directors
Testimonial by Judy Bandy
While I was growing up, my church in Milwaukee went to Camp Bird, just outside of Crivitz, for our youth camp. I accepted Christ during the summer of 1961 at that camp. The following year we were told that we would start using a "new" camp. Farther up north a man had built a camp, and he was renting it out to churches for their church camps. That "new" camp was Northland. For the next three years, I went to camp and totally fell in love with it so much that on the bus ride home to Milwaukee, I cried the whole way.
Fast-forward fifteen years. By this time I was living in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The church I was attending said they were going to Family Camp at Northland! My childhood memories were in the distant past, and I couldn’t believe I was hearing that name again. I was so excited! I signed up for Family Camp with three young children, and I was pregnant with my fourth. We had a wonderful week, and my children loved every minute. Over the years, I was so blessed by the preaching and the examples the teachers and counselors set before my children. There were some years when we came home on Saturday, and on Monday I called the Camp Office to see whether there were still openings; I would then pack up the car, and we would head back to camp!
I have been going to Northland Camp every year for thirty-five years; this year will be thirty-six years. Over the years Northland has been a haven, providing such peace and rest for my soul. God knew the journey He had prepared for me. He also knew there were parts of the journey I wouldn't have chosen for myself. Through the years, I've been changed at camp by listening and learning from so many wonderful preachers. Whether the words pierced my heart because I needed to make a change in my life or whether they pierced my heart with the comfort I needed just at that moment, God’s love was in all of it. I have learned to be still and know that He is God, and I have learned to count it all joy. When my ten-year-old daughter died in 1984, I asked, "Why me?" Then I thought back to all the summer Family Camps and remembered what God had taught me. And I said, "Why not me?" As a Christian, I'm not immune to tragedy, but I know God is in control.
Northland is back, and it's the best place where you can take your family for a week of learning, laughing, sharing, bonding, healing, and making new, lifelong friends.
I'm so thankful for the commitment and vision of Northland to reach the lost and to strengthen and encourage all who go there. Northland is a very special place. Northland is family…Northland is home!
Judy Bandy Colossians 2:6
A Tribute to Pastor Ken Blank
A Tribute to Ken Blank, a Family Camp Attender and Pastoral Supporter of Northland Camp for over 40 years
Northland lost a great friend when Ken Blank (1938-2017) recently left this Earth to Heaven. It was our privilege to know him and his family. Here is a family tribute.
Jeff Kahl, Executive Director Northland Camp & Conference Center
My Dad’s work on earth is over. If you knew my Dad, you knew he worked. He worked as a boy and a young man on the family farm in southern Wisconsin. He studied agriculture at UW Madison. My Dad was in emotional pain as a student at UW Madison. He had thoughts of ending his life. He talked about a time he was walking near the UW campus and a large bus went by. He wished it would hit him. It would all be over. His pain would be gone.
My Dad had a roommate who read his Bible. My dad started to read his Bible. It was at this time an older sister sent him a book. After reading the book, he realized that he was a sinner. He also realized that without Christ, God would punish him for his sin. In the closet of his dormitory room, my Dad got down on his knees, repented of his sin, and placed his faith in Jesus Christ.
His life was changed. He married my mother and attended a Gospel preaching church. He soon realized that God wanted him to preach the Gospel. My Dad, Mom, and a couple kids moved to Minnesota until he graduated from Bible College. After Bible College, he moved back to Wisconsin.
My Dad started a church in Green Bay. He told people about Jesus and invited people to church. He started a Christian school, and the congregation purchased a building. After a few years, the building sold. My Dad worked untold hours on the planning and construction of the little brown church.
My Dad worked as a pastor, teacher, and often as the janitor. He did this because he had chosen to serve God. My Dad’s desire was that everyone in his congregation learn and live God’s Word. After a number of years of growth at the little brown church, my Dad went through a time of depression. The church struggled. My Dad took it upon himself to make something happen to try to ignite the church again. As a result, he made some misguided decisions.
My Dad retired as the pastor a few years ago. He told me several times that he never cared if he had a legacy. He just wanted to follow God and do whatever God wanted him to do. Some may say that his legacy is the little brown church.
However, I say his legacy is his decision to place his faith in Jesus Christ. The church he attended as a child failed to teach the necessity of personal repentance of sin. It also failed to teach the necessity of placing one’s faith in Christ’s death on the cross to cover the sin debt that everyone has with a holy God. When my Dad understood the message of repentance and faith, he chose Christ.
Everyone has sinned. God commands everyone to repent of sin, to accept Christ’s death on the cross as payment for one’s sin debt, and to place one’s faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life.” Eternal salvation only comes to those who repent of sin and place their faith in Jesus.
My Dad did this many years ago. It changed his life. He spent the majority of his life working for God, not for himself. I truly believe that when he arrived in heaven, God said to him, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” I can handle my Dad’s departure. I will miss him. I would love to see him at church again and be Grandpa to my kids. The thought of not being able to speak with him again saddens my soul. However, I know he is with God. What about you? Do you know my Dad’s Savior? Do you know the God my Dad loved? Do you know the God my Dad served? If not, choose Jesus today.
An Urgent Appeal
RE: An Urgent Appeal to Northland Friends
Northland has launched the “Partners Pressing Forward Initiative” where we are asking our committed, friendly, and appreciative alumni, campers, and friends to help take care of a $220,000 debt that continues to put untimely pressure on our recovery and rebuilding efforts. This obligation is a carry-over amount from the former ministry leadership.
Over the last 12 months, our current board of directors, along with generous friends, have helped bring it down from $497,000 to the current amount listed. We praise the Lord for faithful partners who have already stepped up to reduce the total amount so quickly and significantly. But we have a little more work to do.
With the daily operational expenses under control and the future increase in camper enrollment, we believe there is a growing confidence that Northland can be stabilized. With campers returning to Northland Camp; churches providing monthly gifts again to support the gospel ministry; international students making plans to attend camp and school at the Northland International Academy; and the reopening of Northland Leadership Institute for ministry-minded and gap year students, the board of directors is confident Northland can move forward.
If you, your family, your church, or your business can help with a special gift at this time, you can help Northland do something many didn’t think possible—to survive another day to serve the Lord by providing a great camp experience, a great education, and a great vision for the future to multitudes more who have never yet been to the campus even once.
Can you help? Would you pray about it? The “Partners Pressing Forward Initiative” brochure can be viewed here. Partners Pressing Forward
For God’s glory alone,