Where do we start? The goodness and faithfulness of God. It’s His story. We are just the humble caretakers of this vision we call Camp Refuge. We have been dreaming of the day we had property to call our own since the day we birthed Camp Refuge as a 501 (c) 3 organization almost 4 years ago. We’ve asked and asked Him to open doors and His answer has always been to wait. So, we obeyed and continued to wait. We weren’t even looking for land when this property fell into our laps. The moment we stepped onto this beautiful property in Breaux Bridge, LA we knew we were HOME. There were so many confirmations that the Lord was leading us to our very own Promised Land, but the one that is impossible to ignore is the resemblance of the main house to our vision of the “Gathering” space. The similarities are uncanny. Isn’t it so like God to build it Himself - not waiting for us?!?
When we shared our sketch of our “Gathering” space with the current owners they were excited just like us. They even call this place “The Camp” and have used the term “refuge” when describing what the place means to them. They were in awe and said, “We had no idea that we were starting Camp Refuge 18 years ago."
Part of the reason we had been looking for property is we wanted to grow. More space means more room to expand our offerings. A family who believes in Camp Refuge stepped forward and purchased the 20 acres with the pond and main house with the sole intention of leasing the land to Camp Refuge for the next 50 years. Immediately adjacent to this property is an additional 20 acres (you can see the proposed expansion outlined in red).
We are excited to announce that we have entered into a unique purchase agreement with the sellers which allows us to fundraise over a set time period. We have an audacious goal ahead of us . . . $315,000 in 90 days. We know that God’s hand is on this and we are faithfully believing that He will complete what He started. Will you join us in covering this in prayer and also consider giving a monetary donation towards reaching our goal?
114 S Fleur Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70508
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A - Small Gathering
B - Dining Pavilion
C - Pondside Chapel
D - Large Gathering
E - Outdoor Amphitheatre
F - Treehouse Cottages
G - Guest Cabins
H - Staff House
I- Odyssey High Ropes
J - Low Ropes Course
K - Challenge Pavilion
L - Activity Pond
M - Welcome Center
N - Kitchen & Laundry
O - Equipment Barn
P - Storage
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 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.
In the treetops past the pond there will be 12 treehouse cottages that are symbolic of the 12 tribes of Israel. The treehouse cabins serve as sleeping accommodations 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.
High adventure awaits at the high ropes course. This challenging experience features high and higher elements that push guests past their comfort zone and into a growth zone where they learn more about themselves and those closest to them. An intentional debrief after each stage further reinforces insights and allows guests to make immediate application to daily living. The Odyssey is ideal for teams of all types: sports, business, leadership, youth, parent/teen, husband/wife, and beyond.