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3300 River Road
Mount Bethel, PA 18343

(570) 897-6000

Christian retreat center for New Jersey and Pennsylvania marriage retreat, singles retreat, women's retreat and youth summer camp in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

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Willing Hands and Hearts - Builders for God


Back in 1974 a plumber was asked if he wanted to go to Maine and build a church. Not feeling equipped to do it alone, he asked others to join him. Since then, once a year, every year Builders for God has served by working on the facilities of Christian camps. Some of them are professional tradesman, but most of them are just regular people like you who have willing hands and hearts.

With each camp they visit, they offer services to do whatever the camp needs that they feel is within their ability to complete. Almost all of their projects involve some degree of electrical, plumbing, and carpentry work. There is always plenty of painting, light landscaping, and planting to keep everyone of every age, gender, or skill level busy and motivated.

Their members come from near and far, and their trips have taken them from Maine to West Virginia. This June, their service took them right here to Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center.

With a growing list of project over recent years, and the busiest summer season we have ever experienced ahead of us, Builders for God's desire to volunteer their time and skill came when we needed it most. After years of building up our facilities with new buildings - we have turned our focus to rebuilding and improving our grounds but the necessary resources to do so weren't available. God provided what we needed through the willing hands and hearts of Builders for God.

Working side by side with members of the Tuscarora staff they were able to complete many projects we wouldn't have been able to complete on our own. A new coat of paint was put on the gym floor - giving it a last face lift before it will be replaced. Our buildings were power washed, our shuffleboard courts painted, and because of this work the grounds saw a noticeable facelift. Many meeting spaces receiving flooring and cosmetic improvements.

New shower domes were installed into our Riverside I building, the next step in an ongoing remodeling project.

The Brick House, a new property acquired for our grounds, was also a major project. The deck in the back, which faces the Delaware River and has one of the most impressive views available to us, was removed and reinforced so a new one could be installed in the near future.

Their intent is to never be a burden to the facilities, and we could not have been happier to house them for this week of service. Their tireless efforts to serve where needed most, and the joy of spirit while they did so was a blessing far beyond the practical improvements they made.

They believe in serving as families, and through that week Builders for God became a part of the larger Tuscarora Family. After their work day was done, they would spend time in devotions and fellowship. They were able to experience a small piece of the ministry Tuscarora provides and appreciate how their service will be eternally multiplied. We were blessed by their presence, their work, and their testimony of faithfulness and service.

To learn more about the ministry of Builders for God, please visit their Facebook Page. To support the ongoing capital improvements at Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center, click here.