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This is an exciting time in the history of outdoor ministry in Florida. Luther Springs is embarking on a challenging $2.3 million capital campaign (with a $3 million challenge goal) effort to fund projects that will expand housing, kitchen, dining, outdoor education and meeting facilities. This effort will also provide the funds to purchase critical access land at Lutherock in North Carolina.

Luther Springs has become a full service camp and retreat facility that serves increasing numbers of children, youth, adults and families every month of the year. Current facilities have reached the limits of service and folks are being turned away due to lack of space. Lutherock will be protected for future generations as a place apart, free from encroachment and the impact of development on the camp's borders.

A Thriving and Vital Ministry Needing Room to Grow in Service

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Florida began as a ministry without an owned property. For a number of years congregations and families throughout Floirda were served utilizing various settings across the state. Once Luther Springs was acquired and devleopment of the property begun new opportunities and a new vision for ministry emerged.

With the completion of significant facilities, funded in part through debt financing, and the implementation of year round programs and hosted ministry opportunities congregations have responded enthusiastically. Program participation has tripled in the past four years while off site programs have continued to increase as well.

Now, the limits have been reached. Groups seeking retreat space and those wishing to participate in programmed retreats are often disappointed when they must be turned away due to lack of space for them. The food preparation, dining and meeting spaces have become overcrowded and taxed beyond limits to serve the growing numbers. Suddenly Luther Springs' problem is too much deman for too little space - a good problem, but a problem, nonetheless.








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