Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Donor Saves Alabama Youth Camp

A $727,000 check from a donor who wants to remain anonymous paid the debt of the Methodist Church's financially troubled Camp Sumatanga in St. Clair County Alabama, the Gadsden Times reports.

The North Alabama Methodist Conference was told in June the camp had to have $300,000 by Sept. 1 to stay open. A "Save Sumatanga" campaign reached $400,000 which bought the camp more time.

Now the latest gift was used to pay off the mortgage and other debt on Friday, according to the newspaper.

Many denominational youth camps are finding it more difficult to sponsor year-round, church-owned facilities.

[from Breaking News from The Birmingham News - al.com by jmacdonald@bhamnews.com]

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