Friends of the Bend
FRIENDS OF THE BEND
CHANGING LIVES THROUGH CHRISTIAN CAMPS AND RETREATS
About Riverbend Retreat Center
Riverbend Retreat Center is a camp and conference center located in Glen Rose, Texas.
- Riverbend serves over 25,000 people every year with over 10,000 of these attending summer camps. For many years now, one out of every four campers has made a spiritual decision and one out of every ten campers has made a profession of faith.
- Every dollar donated to Riverbend goes to capital improvements. All operational expenses are covered by camp and retreat fees, which are very nominal compared to other camps and conference centers.
- Riverbend uses volunteer builders almost exclusively. This stretches the funds given by our churches and individuals to accomplish far greater things for God’s kingdom.
Become a Friend of the Bend...
A person or a family becomes a Friend of the Bend by:
- Praying for the ministry of Riverbend. God works through prayer and by being an informed, active prayer warrior, the stage is set for God to work in the lives of retreat guests and campers. Riverbend has a page on the web site with prayer requests and sends out a monthly e-newsletter to let people know how they can pray for various needs.
- Telling others of the ministry at Riverbend. By being an “ambassador” of this ministry, you encourage others to bring groups, pray for and support the camp financially. Friends can be an ambassador in their church to encourage church participation in supporting Riverbend.
- Giving of your financial resources. A gift of $100 per year or just a little over $8 per month can truly make a difference in the lives of campers by making needed program and facility improvements that directly touch lives.
Why Support Christian Camping?
- Decisions for Christ— During Summer Camp, one out of every ten will make a profession of faith and one out of every four will make a significant spiritual decision. This past year 760 campers made professions of faith, 1068 made rededications and 135 indicated a call to full time Christian service.
- Assists the Local Church - Riverbend partners with local churches to provide camps and retreats. This means that Riverbend is an extension of the local church promote and expand the church’s ministry.
- Escape from the fast paced society - perhaps more than ever, people need to get away and spend personal time with God and fellow believers. Riverbend hosts groups of over 800 to individuals who want to spend time in a personal retreat.
Friends of the Bend...Working Together to Make a Difference!
In 2008, the staff and Board of Directors at Riverbend determined that a renovation was needed at the lake in order to add new activities and upgrade the current towers for other water activities. As this need was shared in a variety of ways, 108 families and individuals gave over $60,000 toward this project. The gifts ranged from $10 to $2500, and saw the bulk of the project ready by summer camp, 2009!
Can we count on you? A gift of at least $100 per year would mean a lot to continue to make improvements and expansion to reach more people and change more lives for Christ!
Riverbend can also set up electronic fund transfers.
For information, contact Alton at email@example.com or call 888.269.2363