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The Miracle More Than 40 Years in the Making

Story by Jackie Smith

With camp meeting approaching, it was clear that something needed to be done about the cratered dirt road leading into Camp Mohaven—the conference’s summer camp and retreat facilities, located in Danville. The cost to repair it was $10,000, with no funds in the budget available. Prayerfully, the conference moved forward on the project, not knowing where the money would come from.

More than 40 years prior, a member passed away and left the conference a small interest in mineral rights in West Virginia. Three months before the conference’s road dilemma, a coal company phoned Harry Straub, director of Planned Giving, wanting to buy these rights. After months of negotiating, the company made an offer of $10,000—exactly one day after the conference voted to repair the camp’s road.

“As we witness time after time, our wonderful God always provides!” praises Ken Franklin, chairman of the Camp Mohaven leadership committee.

Carrie Brown, Camp Mohaven manager, comments, “[The driveway] had gotten to the point that it was hard to get in and out of camp, especially when it rained. Now the road provides great access into camp for every church, outreach group and individual that desires to be at camp.”

Straub adds, “Going out in faith, God provided the funds that we needed over 40 years, before we knew we needed them.”

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