Expansion of Lakeside Christian Center a blessing

In case you missed it in Sunday’s edition, there was good news to report in the Lake Metigoshe area – the entire region for that matter.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held last month for a new addition at Metigoshe Ministries’ Lakeside Christian Center, a project that has been years in the planning.

“For the past number of years, our retreat ministry has been steadily growing,” said Rev. Jon Halvorson, executive director at Metigoshe Ministries. “Especially for the large group spaces, we’ve run out of room over a six month period … A couple of years ago, we had to turn away over 800 overnight guests because of a lack of space,” our Andrea Johnson reported.

That is classic good news/bad news. What a blessing it is that the center is now able to respond to what is obviously great need.

Metigoshe Ministries is owned by about 74 Lutheran churches in the area. Members gave approval in November 2015 to launch the capital campaign to improve a site that has been in strong demand that is growing from year to year. Lutherans wanted to “Ensure the Adventure” from generation to generation.

What also stuck out in this story is how everyday people have embraced the expansion and made their own contributions to ensure those adventures continue.

There has been a lot of enthusiasm from people about the improvements to Metigoshe Ministries.

“We’re excited,” said Halvorson. “We’ve had just incredibly strong, great support from individuals.”

And that is the way it should be.

More cabins, more meeting rooms, more beds afford more people a place to get away, dwell together and grow their faith in adventurous ways.