Help support Twinlow during this time of need.
All of us here at Twinlow hope you and your family are staying well during this difficult time. You are continually in our thoughts and prayers.
When I was a little girl, my mother taught me how to sew. Sewing was one of my favorite hobbies growing up, and a skill I was proud to have through college and into adulthood. As some of you may know, Twinlow operates not only as a camp, but also a retreat center, and the majority of our spring and fall guests are ladies who love to sew. Twinlow has a rich history of being a space for people to retreat and create. It almost seems too perfect to have this hobby and be called to this ministry. However, due to this virus, the crafting and retreating has been put on hold.
Twinlow chose to close down before the Idaho “stay at home” order to help slow the spread of this virus. The hope was to re-open later this month, however all of our spring and early summer groups have canceled or moved to the fall. This has taken a toll on our budget. Our job as stewards of Twinlow is to be responsible for the site and its finances, and we had to make tough calls to save where we could. This meant holding off on hiring our part-time staff, putting off purchases of program supplies, and whittling down our monthly spending to the bare minimum.
I mentioned Twinlow and my history of sewing because it feels like a perfect metaphor for life in the time of coronavirus. When you are sewing on a machine the fabric goes through and the needle goes up and down, stitching the fabric together. I have been focused on this for the past few weeks, making face masks for anyone who needs them. For weeks I have meditated on that needle: up and down, up and down. On the fabric: always moving forward. In our lives, in ministry, and at camp, there will be ups and downs, but the most important thing is we keep moving forward and find a way to come together for those in need.
Twinlow needs your help right now. With no groups to host, we have no income besides the support from our community and donors like you. Our goal is to keep the bare necessities paid, keep our team together, and make sure camp is ready when we are allowed to meet again.
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to help cover the losses we have experienced this spring. We have received funding from the CARES Act Payroll Protection Program and we will use the money to keep our staff salaries paid. However, that money is only good for eight weeks. We need your help to make it through this time. Whatever you can give would be appreciated.
Twinlow has seen many challenging times and I have faith we will make it through this. God has a plan for this amazing place, and we will continue to pursue His will always.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay home, wash your hands, and be well.