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December 2023 Newsletter

December 2023 Newsletter
Work is the best fun when you volunteer as a group

Did you know, in 2023 over 550 individuals volunteered to serve at Fort?

As we enter the new year, we reflect with gratitude on the people that God has led to camp – volunteers, campers, staff of all kinds – Missionary Staff, Summer Staff, Apprentice Staff! We praise Him for the good work He has done in each of us. 

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4

In 2024, and always, please pray that Fort Wilderness remains in Christ as the ministry of Fort does nothing without Him. 

Come see us in 2024 – as a camper (Find your Adventure) as a Volunteer (help is needed this winter!) or join the staff (Is God calling you?)

Gunnar speaks to Winter Campers – Ask him about winter camping!

Katie Lutz, Personnel Director, shares the appointment of Gunnar Koehn Lab Director

Gunnar Koehn and wife Jordan joined Missionary Staff in early 2022 – Gunnar as the Journey Beyond Manager, developing and launching adventure programs at Fort. Jordan is the Adventure Outpost Director. Gunnar will now be the Lab Director and continue leading Journey Beyond.

Leadership Lab, a three-week long summer camp for High School aged students will be led well by Gunnar who is passionate about camp and particularly discipleship among small groups. As part of the Lab experience, students take an adventure trip. Gunnar’s experience and expertise in adventure trip leading will serve this group well.

As Lab Director, Gunnar will lead a team of 8 Summer Staff as they guide and disciple the students that attend Lab 1 and Lab 2. Gunnar shared “I am passionate about intentionally walking alongside others through life, pointing them to Christ. I love to do this through outdoor ministry.” 

Leading groups and taking them on outdoor adventures – Gunnar’s passions will now extend to Leadership Lab 

Kurtis Moss, Student Ministries Director speaks about Gunnar: “At the heart of Gunnar’s love for ministry and adventure programs is caring for people and exploring God’s word in real and tangible ways with those around him. I am eager to see Gunnar’s gifts and passions extend to Leadership Lab and be a great blessing to the staff and campers there!”

As a couple, Gunnar and Jordan share a love for seeing God impact lives through camp – Fort is thankful for the service, leadership, and skills they bring to camp. 

Gunnar and Jordan are continuing to raise support as part of the Missionary Staff team at Fort. You can learn more about them and find out how to support them here

Relationships built through trying something new

A Generous Gift to Benefit Stockade 80

Fort was recently blessed to receive a generous gift from Hartland Sportsmen’s Club to be used to assist with the Stockade 80 range development. This contribution will be combined with other gifts received from Fort friends to help equip and assure the next generation of campers experience a safe and quality experience in the sport.
This Stockade 80 development is part of the Fort Future – learn more and get involved here.

Grateful and Thankful for each of you,
Laura Borkenhagen

Laura Borkenhagen
Marketing and Communication Manager