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Challenge Point Charity Profile
In January of 2002, ChallengePoint, Inc. became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. This was just another step in reaching our dream of operating from our own facilities. In 1999, staff member Jim Ellis published a Master's thesis based on a camp that would serve the therapeutic needs of a program like ChallengePoint. Along with an Adventure Center, Group Lodge, and Ropes Course, an important component of the camp will be a Mission Village which will provide a virtual setting and conditions that groups will likely face on short-term missions.
We believe that having a place to call home will provide us with greater opportunities to serve more groups that seek the benefits of adventure programs. As a ministry, having a permanent facility is vital to our role of reaching as many as possible. With Christ as our foundation, we know that this vision will become a reality.
The fundraising effort now underway - to raise money for the purchase of land - is a huge step in the process of developing a premanent retreat center. Once Land has been acquired, the building program will begin. The ChallengePoint Christian Retreat Center would be home to year-round retreat programs, summer camps, and a mission training program. We share this vision with you and ask for your continued prayer support as we take steps to make this vision a reality.
In 2006, ChallengePoint began a journey to bridge a gap that would bring the future dreams of it's teambuilding and adventure programs one step closer. For the past eight years, ChallengePoint has worked hard to impact the lives of thousands of teens and adults. Working out of a trailer as a mobile ministry, this completely volunteer – powered organization has provided adventures and life-changing challenges through 14 states. Today, many see ChallengePoint as a permanent part of their camp or ministry, having established a powerful relationship through years of working together. It is a past with a wonderful story that thousands share, but now present concerns turn towards the future.
In order for ChallengePoint to grow beyond a very effective weekend and summer time ministry, permanent facilities must be established. The first step in that process is raising funds for the purchase of land.
In order to launch the first ever fundraising effort in true ChallengePoint fashion, ChallengePoint Directors Larry Alexander and Jane Hollingsworth pledged to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail - a total of 2,175 miles - in exchange for donations to ChallengePoint to go towards a permanent facility.