September 23, 2015 Wellspring

Camper Scholarships Supported!

It is with joy that I report to you that yet again God has provided, through the gifts of many, enough to meet our scholarship needs for this summer. This really is a cause for rejoicing, because the need was greater this summer than ever. For six years, we were blessed to belong to the Camps for Kids organization's matching gift program, This past year, they chose to focus only on smaller camps. We are grateful for having benefited from their program. However, this change in direction on their part left us short of the $18,000 we would have received in matching donations.This was a significant portion of our $49,000 goal to support summer 2015 campers..

You, our donors, rose to the occasion!  As of this week, you have given almost $48,000 which is enough to ensure that not one child had to be turned away due to a lack of funds. Because of your generosity, 469 kids who would otherwise have missed out were able to experience camp.

As you know, a week at camp can be one of the most powerful and life-changing faith experiences in a person's life.  While camp is a place for fun--horseback riding, swimming, climbing walls, nature hikes, singing around campfires and roasting marshmallows, it is foremost about building deeper relationships in and through Jesus Christ.

This summer a record number, 2555 youth, attended Heartland camps. Thanks be to God for working through donors like you to make these experiences possible for so many children!

Sincerely, Dan Scheneman, Executive Director


In the middle of the camp grounds is the Ellis Cemetery, a family burial ground that was established in the mid-1800's. The road to the cemetery was once a county road.  The cemetery was suffering from neglect until area churches and Boy Scout groups adopted it and cleaned it up.

Here at camp, stories are often told around a campfire.  Spooky tales and ghost sightings are a beloved part of the experience, and the cemetery lends itself to such contemplation.

Hundreds of campers have gone home with stories about "Mabel."  She was a little girl who was believed to have loved horses, and to have died of the plague when only 6-years old. This is a favorite camp tale.

People are saying...  

The counselors make it a really spiritual experience.
Heartland has brought me closer to people, God and to myself.
Come here in your brokenness, in your sorrows, to do God's work.
If there is a back yard in Heaven, it will look a lot like Heartland Camp!

WISH LIST: Can you help? 

  • Carpet Installer, 3 rooms' worth of brand new carpet has been donated--needed is someone with the expertise to help us install it
  • Minivan, doesn't have to be pretty, but needs to be reliable
  • Lumber,  full lengths, treated or untreated
  • Hay, round or square bales for feeding the horses
  • Standard Pick-up Truck
  • Heavy Duty Pick-up Truck
  • Chain Saw, gas powered
  • Trailer,  "pull behind" work trailer, road legal
  • Horse Trailer, 4-6 horse capacity, reliable, road legal

All donations are tax deductible.

Heartland  Center -- October Groups

The year has seemed to fly by. Please keep in your prayers these groups who will be at Heartland Center in October 2015.

  • Kansas City Tres Dias    
  • Heartland Presbytery Youth Council    
  • Calico Cutups
  • Church Development Corporation      
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church
  • Trinity Lutheran Church of Leavenworth    
  • The Church        
  • Boy Scout Troop 395 
  • Kansas City Meditation Group      
  • Synod of Mid-America        
  • Camp Bluebird
  • Lee's Summit United Methodist Church  
  • Boy Scouts of America-Woodbadge
  • Forward Community Church    
  • Prairie Point Quilt Shop    
  • Rockhurst University
  • Woods Chapel United Methodist Church    
  • First Presbyterian Church of Fort Scott
  • Blue River Church of Christ      
  • Desperation Church    
  • The Global Orphan Project                        
  • Woven Circle Quilters