|Let me begin by thanking you for conferring on me the high and awesome position of president of this great conference. I am honored yet humbled by the faith and trust you have put in me. I recognize that I must depend even more on our Omnipotent Father for the requisite knowledge, wisdom, courage and understanding I will need to faithfully carry out the awesome responsibilities that come with this assignment.
As your servant, it is my responsibility to listen and be sensitive to the needs of the field. On Sunday, April 27, 2008, you spoke clearly, that despite the financial challenges, we must have camp meeting this year. In order to comply with your mandate, we will need special help.
Our situation is made more difficult because the regular camp meeting season begins in six weeks. In this particular case, time is truly not our fiend. Given the extent of the preparatory work involved in hosting a camp meeting, the administration of the Southeastern Conference has scheduled to have this year’s camp meeting to start on Tuesday, June 24 and end on Sabbath, June 28.
I must also inform you that although camp meeting will last for five days, the cost of the start-up work is about the same as planning a full ten day camp meeting. Camp meeting will cost approximately $250,000. We must have at least a significant amount to begin camp meeting. The remainder could be raised through a special offering to be collected at camp meeting.
I am gratefully aware of the efforts of constituents, who are already doing their valiant best to raise funds to cover this year’s camp meeting cost. Our “Camp Meeting Faith Project 2008” believes that if every constituent donated $20.00, we could fully cover the cost of camp meeting.
I know everyone cannot give $20.00, but I am beseeching you to give what you can. I ask those who are able to give more than the minimum to do so. Your generous support will enable us to accomplish this goal in short order and make it possible for us to finish camp meeting without taking on additional debt.
I know this will require additional sacrifice, but this conference has risen to such challenges in the past. I am confident that you will rally to this worthwhile cause. I am asking that on May 31, 2008, that this special camp meeting offering be lifted in each church. We are counting on your support.
May God bless us as we work together toward the achievement of this significant goal.
Your Friend and Servant,
Hubert J. Morel Jr.