A Christ-centered sanctuary and retreat center planned to be located in the heart of Lafayette, Louisiana. Our desire is to foster an environment that allows for deeper connections without the distractions of everyday life.
Holy Spirit driven. We believe that all lasting change comes from the inner workings of the Holy Spirit. Without Him, our work and striving are fruitless. We desire to create an environment that allows the Holy Spirit to move freely. A place where married couples can let their guard down and invest in each other. A place where parents and their teen can genuinely connect without distractions. A place where youth can have an intimate encounter with the Father.
A resource for all seasons of life. We seek to not only provide a safe haven, but also equip individuals with the tools to reconcile, strengthen, and establish relationships.
Our Pondside Chapel is symbolic of the Old Testament’s Holy of Holies. The walls of glass on three sides represent the veil that was torn granting us free access to the Father. This space is meant for personal reflection, prayer, and intimate gatherings. “And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.” (Hebrews 10:19-20)
The Gathering at Camp Refuge is our main assembly building. Each day our retreats will start and end here. It is a multipurpose building that will not only host our times of worship and daily teachings, but also will also serve as our dining facility. There is also a screened-in-porch to enjoy a cup of coffee or a light lunch while taking in the peaceful surroundings.
Surrounding the pond there will be 12 treehouse cottages that are symbolic of the 12 tribes of Israel. The treehouse cabins serve as sleeping accomodations for our married couples' and pastors’ retreats. Each cabin is unique and is decorated according to the tribe it represents. The cabin features a queen sized bed, an intimate dining table, a full bathroom and a porch with its own swing and rocker.
A - The Gathering
B - Pondside Chapel
C - Outdoor Amphitheater
D - Cooking Pavilion
E - Treehouse Cottages
F - Men’s Dormitory
G - Women’s Dormitory
H - Bath House
I - Riverside Boat Launch
J - Splash Pad
K - Odyssey High Ropes
L - Low Ropes Course
The teen years are a difficult time to genuinely connect for parents and their child. This retreat seeks to create a safe place for open and honest communication while building trust in the relationship.
The heart behind this retreat is to establish a strong connection between youth and their Heavenly Father.
The Promise Retreat focuses on rejuvenating marriage relationships. This is a time where spouses can focus on one another without the distractions of everyday life.
Day and weekend teambuilding will be offered to businesses and organizations seeking to build a stronger connection in the workplace.
The Pastor’s Retreat is a special time where pastors and their spouses can enjoy a little pampering with minimal fuss. It’s all about recharging your spiritual battery while enjoying a little solitude.
As a secondary service, Camp Refuge is available for special events such as weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, and church conferences.
The vision of Camp Refuge far surpasses the ability of just a humble few. We need YOU! Do you know a special tradeskill like carpentry? Are you a fundraising guru? Or maybe you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty clearing trees and underbrush? Do you like to do house keeping? The possibilities and giftings are endless. We need YOU! At each stage of the project we will contact those who fit the current need.
Camp Refuge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We need people who believe in our mission to sow financial seeds. That being said, we believe that your tithe belongs to the local church you attend. We request that any financial donation come from a desire to give beyond the tithe. Thank you for you donation! May the Lord bless you abundantly as you give from the overflow of your heart.
Our inaugural 5K race was a huge sucess. This year’s registration is now open! Join us for our 2nd annual 5K/ 1-mile fun run and bring your family and friends. There will be fun activities in River Ranch town square including music, fun jump, and face painting. You don't want to miss it!!
Rustic outdoors meets airy romance in this weekend retreat focused on building closer relationships between husbands and wives. It’s glamping at its finest with gourmet meals, bonfires, and times of intimate conversation without the distractions of everyday responsibilities. Topics include communication, the art of grace, and couple’s teambuilding. To get the most out of this weekend, phones and other electronic devices should be left behind or turned off. Space is limited, so sign up today!
That’s the question that I (Nicole) asked Kevin almost 5 years ago. Without blinking he said, “I’d start a youth camp.” It was in this moment that the dream of Camp Refuge was planted in our hearts, but we wondered if these were the visions of lofty dreamers. We had the heart. We had the passion. But were we called?
3 years later the call was received loud and clear when a man prophetically spoke over Kevin, “The Lord has given you a vision. Go for it. Because the vision is big. It is beyond you. The Lord says, ‘I’m with you on it! Go for it! Don’t waver in that vision and you will see the fruit and results of it.’”
It was in this moment that we began to run towards the vision. Each step in this journey has felt like we were cliff-jumping, but the Lord has caught us each and every time. We are in awe of His faithfulness and miraculous provision. The Lord has left us no room to doubt that He is indeed “with us on it."
Camp Refuge has become more than the simple youth camp we had originally envisioned, but the mission remains true . . . we believe in “radical transformation of relationships.” Let’s go deep together. Join us as we climb this mountain in pursuit of the Lord’s presence!
Each year we are in awe of all the Lord has done!
Camp Refuge is born! We are incorporated in the state of Louisiana, attain federal 501(c)3 status, and launch of website and social media platform to the public.
52 Week “Taking the Promised Land” Campaign Blog,
Refuge Run: 5K and 1 mile Fun Run fundraisier, and Rustic Romance: A Husband & Wife Weekend Retreat.