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Downtime Ministries is a Christ-centered, faith-based, non-profit, non-denominational ministry created to provide and promote human development through life skill training and mentoring within the means of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The human development will assist underprivileged youth, combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency. The target population consists of adolescents who are in need of adequate mentoring and life skill training within religious networks.
Downtime Ministries is also dedicated to providing encouragement and a time of relaxation to the Pastors, Christian Leaders and their families who serve the flock of Christ. We use our experience and wisdom gained through the grace of Christ Jesus to provide our Christian leaders with a “moment in time” in which they can enjoy the sport of fishing and some quality Christian fellowship.
Mentoring efforts will be directed toward developing survival skills, teamwork and character building using our favorite sport, fishing and hunting. While much can be learned in a church setting, members of the clergy often need a less formal environment for “hands on” influence. Each individual needs to learn motivation, perseverance and resiliency. These efforts will focus on hunting and fishing. Fishing is suitable for all children, adolescents and adults. In 2009, Downtime Ministries focused on outreach and networking with the religious community. In 2011-2012 we will be providing on-site orientation to church leaders and will begin the human development process.
Downtime Ministries is our way of supporting our Christian leaders in the Body of Christ, becoming a partner with them in their battle and interceding for them with prayer and heart-warming hospitality. This ministry, inspired by God through Captain Mike Eberstein and Win Matteson, operates as a charitable 501(C)3 corporation, supported by tax-deductible donations. Support from local churches and organizations, no matter what the denomination is welcomed.
We invite Christian leader(s) to join us along with underprivileged youth for a fun-filled time of our favorite sports of fishing and hunting, which can be custom tailored to the needs and time restraints for each person or group.
This ministry can offer the following type of outings:
Local Area Lake Fishing Trips
There is nothing wrong with taking a short drive and experiencing many of the local area lakes in West Michigan for great pan fish, bass and trout fishing. Since there are so many places to visit that are conveniently located within a short commuting distance, these outings are very popular and can be easily arranged.
One Day Fishing Trips
On an inland lake or on Lake Michigan, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, a several hour outing can be scheduled. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset on the lake, catch a few fish, and relax as our experienced staff provides you with all the necessary equipment to bring home your prizes of the day! Maybe you might enjoy Walleye fishing on the east side of the state, that can be arranged too!
Two Day Fishing Trips
Usually on Lake Michigan at our “Camp Pentwater” location, arrive late in the afternoon for some night fishing, enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants, sleep over at our “summer home” near the lake, rise early the next morning and catch the big ones. Leave mid-afternoon with a cooler full of fish!
Extended Fishing Trips
On Lake Michigan at our “Camp Pentwater” location, or in the Upper Peninsula at our “Camp UP” location, we can arrange for longer outings if time permits, while you hunt for the local anglers prizes such as pike, bass, trout, and many others.
Arrival and departure times can be arranged to fit your schedule.
Since Downtime Ministries is non-profit, serving the needs of all Pastors and Christian leaders, providing valuable quality “downtime” does have some costs involved. You can provide your Pastor or anyone that is in need of some quality time off by sponsoring them with a financial gift that will be appreciated for years to come!
If you, your church or organization would like to give a “love gift” to someone who needs the services of this ministry, we can provide a gift certificate to the individual(s) for the amount of your choosing so they can make arrangements to utilize our unique blessing to their needs.
Supporting The Ministry
Our ministry is fully supported through donations, and church support, so that we can continue to provide this valuable service to the people who serve Christ in your behalf. Your consideration of a single gift, or on-going support of this ministry would be greatly appreciated.
Proverbs 11:25 states “he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed”. We all know that our Pastors and Christian leaders are over-worked, stressed, and need time to renew their spirit. Here is your opportunity to assist them by providing some time for a relaxing moment on the water!
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