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20/20 Clear Vision Campaign

At the start of 2020, we launched our 20/20 Clear Vision campaign, ironically not knowing what we would face for the year. When the pandemic struck, we had only begun to reach out to donors and our focus had to immediately shift to our plans for the future. Six more months into the pandemic and we are still unsure of the total economic impact this will have on the ministry here at Lake Yale. Now, more than ever, we are trusting in the Lord to set a clear path, a clear direction and to give us a clear vision for the future; 20/20 vision. Your help, your prayers, and your generosity will be a key factor in that direction and vision going forward. We trust in the Lord and in the generosity of His people to rise up and help meet the challenges we are facing in this new chapter.

Please click on the following Link to give today:

https://onrealm.org/LYBCC/give/now

If you have any issues, please contact us at 352-483-9800 and our staff members can help you with the process. Thank you for your support!

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry of Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center is faced with some unprecedented challenges. We need your support to help us overcome the ongoing expenses necessary to keep this ministry going for the next generation. Below is a list of the things we have done during this time to cut our ongoing costs and areas we still need support for. These are listed as “What we have done” and “What you can do”.   Please prayerfully consider helping us meet these needs during this time. Thank you for your prayers and your support!

What we have done:

  • Reduced staff by 85%
  • Remaining staff have taken 30%+ pay cuts and are working in all departments to meet needs of remaining guests
  • Changed phone system to cheaper option saving over $500 per month
  • Changing registration systems to save $400 per month
  • Cancelled extra amenities such as cable t.v. in the hotel rooms to save over $2000 per month
  • Cancelled certain insurance coverages to save $3-5k per month
  • Worked with power company and shut down currently unused areas to save on rate and power usage
  • Frozen all non-essential spending for remaining employees including travel expenses, etc.

What you can do:

  • Pray! The most significant thing any of us can do is pray for the needs of this ministry and for God to soften the heart of those who have the ability and opportunity to give during this time.
  • Give now, give regularly. Our ongoing expenses below are areas that, regardless of guest and group bookings never stop. Much like the grass that always needs mowing, these expenses are essential to the ongoing operation of our ministry and we need your help to meet these responsibilities.
  • Share your story with others. Spread the word through social media, emails, and conversations with your friends about what you are doing and how you are helping preserve the ministry of Lake Yale for the future. Your generosity will be inspiring to others and together, we can see this ministry last through this pandemic and forward on to the next generation!

Ongoing Needs:

  • Utilities ~$15,000 per month (Last year $30,000 mth)
  • Payroll ~$25,000 per month (Last year >$55,000 mth)
  • Operating Expenses (Reg. Software, Insurance, etc) ~$21,000 per month (Last year >~$78,000 mth)

Monthly total base need: ~$61,000 to run at current status until the end of the pandemic.

Here’s how your donation can help:

Acorn

$65 per month gift

$65 a month helps to cover certain ongoing expenses to keep the ministry of Lake Yale open through and beyond this current crisis.

Sprout

$105 per month gift

$105 a month helps support all who are making sacrifices to ensure that the ministry is safe and ready for groups.

Live Oak

$255 per month gift

$255 a month helps pay all of the ongoing expenses and makes sure LYBCC can continue impacting lives for Christ!

Cultivate

Any per month gift

Every gift of any amount, for any duration, helps the ministry of Lake Yale continue to reach out with the gospel and change lives.

Please prayerfully consider making a monthly or one-time gift of any amount to help this ministry.

 

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Will definitely return!

I just spent the weekend at the first Women's Retreat at Lake Yale. My first visit to the facility. I will definitely return next year, and many more after that. I loved it! I heard some great speakers, learned a few things, inspirational music, and built some lasting friendships. It was fantastic. God is there.

Sue Tweedie

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-08T08:06:20-05:00

Sue Tweedie

I just spent the weekend at the first Women's Retreat at Lake Yale. My first visit to the facility. I will definitely return next year, and many more after that. I loved it! I heard some great speakers, learned a few things, inspirational music, and built some lasting friendships. It was fantastic. God is there.

We are growing!

MANY MEMBERS OF OUR RETREAT WENT AWAY RELIEVED OF ANGER, DEPRESSION AND LACK OF FAITH. WE HAD 13 NEW GUYS AND 20 RETURNS WE ARE GROWING!

Prodigal Sons

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:37:15-05:00

Prodigal Sons

MANY MEMBERS OF OUR RETREAT WENT AWAY RELIEVED OF ANGER, DEPRESSION AND LACK OF FAITH. WE HAD 13 NEW GUYS AND 20 RETURNS WE ARE GROWING!

Never felt so much love…

Young fellow with only a few days of sobriety said: "I have never before felt so much love given to me."

AA & Al-Anon

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:39:57-05:00

AA & Al-Anon

Young fellow with only a few days of sobriety said: "I have never before felt so much love given to me."

Lifetime Impact

I went [to Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center] the first time when I was 9 and got saved that same year and went every year until I was 12. I miss all of you so much and I wanted to thank you for the opportunity I had [to attend]. Since I’ve been there I have preached 6 sermons 5 at my church and 2 at one close by. I’d really like to talk to you all again and I’m even in the making of starting my own ministry.

Travis Ramer - First Baptist Church of Lacoochee

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:43:23-05:00

Travis Ramer - First Baptist Church of Lacoochee

I went [to Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center] the first time when I was 9 and got saved that same year and went every year until I was 12. I miss all of you so much and I wanted to thank you for the opportunity I had [to attend]. Since I’ve been there I have preached 6 sermons 5 at my church and 2 at one close by. I’d really like to talk to you all again and I’m even in the making of starting my own ministry.

Nothing is ever “just” anything…

This was just a scrapbooking event but we had such sweet fellowship and many definitely noticed the wall hangings and sweet spirit of the employees. You guys are living the lifestyle and relationship part of evangelism!

NE FL Crafters

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:39:13-05:00

NE FL Crafters

This was just a scrapbooking event but we had such sweet fellowship and many definitely noticed the wall hangings and sweet spirit of the employees. You guys are living the lifestyle and relationship part of evangelism!

Deeper levels

This was the first time all of the teaching ministries were together for training. The fellowship for the group enabled us to strengthen our connection and communication. It allowed us to learn and share with each other on a deeper level.

New Covenant Baptist Church

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T14:01:28-05:00

New Covenant Baptist Church

This was the first time all of the teaching ministries were together for training. The fellowship for the group enabled us to strengthen our connection and communication. It allowed us to learn and share with each other on a deeper level.

Precious time alone

Our ladies really enjoyed having time alone with God along the lake front. Your property is beautiful and peaceful. Many woke up and watched the sunrise. Those who set up our room in the Raintree did an excellent job and they were very attentive to helping us with the AV things. We also LOVED having the Fellowship hall and fireplace Friday night to sing around. We appreciated the coffee/tea so readily available. thank you for that.

Moms in Prayer International

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T14:02:52-05:00

Moms in Prayer International

Our ladies really enjoyed having time alone with God along the lake front. Your property is beautiful and peaceful. Many woke up and watched the sunrise. Those who set up our room in the Raintree did an excellent job and they were very attentive to helping us with the AV things. We also LOVED having the Fellowship hall and fireplace Friday night to sing around. We appreciated the coffee/tea so readily available. thank you for that.

Wonderful Weekend of praise

We were gathered to celebrate 50 years after graduating from a Christian boarding school in Kentucky. We had a wonderful weekend of praise, prayer, worship, fellowship, and fun. Thank you for making that possible in a comfortable, affordable and friendly setting.

Mt. Carmel Class Gathering

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:45:28-05:00

Mt. Carmel Class Gathering

We were gathered to celebrate 50 years after graduating from a Christian boarding school in Kentucky. We had a wonderful weekend of praise, prayer, worship, fellowship, and fun. Thank you for making that possible in a comfortable, affordable and friendly setting.

God Bless you!

In April of 2016 my family endeavored to move to Lake County from Pennsylvania. I say endeavored because my wife and I have 8 children, a dog, 2 guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, and a ball python that we had to travel down the East coast within 3 vehicles. Our house was due to go to closing on April 27th and the house that was finished being built in Lake County was to close on the 29th. We found out on the 25th that we wouldn't be able to take ownership and move into our house due to a mishandling of our mortgage paperwork. This left us with an undetermined time frame of waiting before we could get the house! This is where Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center comes in. You see we left on faith from Pennsylvania right after signing the closing paperwork to sell our house, not knowing where we would live when we arrived in FL. God was working on our behalf! Our Christian real estate agent, Brian Patterson, knew about Lake Yale. He contacted them to see if they could be of help to us in our time of need. Boy could they! They offered for my family to stay in their unused staff housing. What a blessing!!! As I said, we have a large entourage. The housing had 8 rooms and 16 beds. This was more than ample accommodations for our brood. We had to stay for exactly 4 weeks before the kinks were ironed out to get our house, but they were a glorious 4 weeks. We thoroughly relished or "vacation" at Lake Yale. The property is gorgeous and we loved transitioning from cold Pennsylvania to such an oasis. I am truly thankful for I figure conservatively that our stay there saved our family about $4,000 in hotel bills, for Lake Yale graciously donated the use of the house to use. Again, I am truly grateful to have come into contact with the wonderful staff of Lake Yale and am humbled by their hearts to care for us at such a time of need. We are happily in our wonderful home now and I look forward to take advantage of events at Lake Yale in the future. Thank you to all and may God Bless You!

Jim Guarro

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:42:23-05:00

Jim Guarro

In April of 2016 my family endeavored to move to Lake County from Pennsylvania. I say endeavored because my wife and I have 8 children, a dog, 2 guinea pigs, a bearded dragon, and a ball python that we had to travel down the East coast within 3 vehicles. Our house was due to go to closing on April 27th and the house that was finished being built in Lake County was to close on the 29th. We found out on the 25th that we wouldn't be able to take ownership and move into our house due to a mishandling of our mortgage paperwork. This left us with an undetermined time frame of waiting before we could get the house! This is where Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center comes in. You see we left on faith from Pennsylvania right after signing the closing paperwork to sell our house, not knowing where we would live when we arrived in FL. God was working on our behalf! Our Christian real estate agent, Brian Patterson, knew about Lake Yale. He contacted them to see if they could be of help to us in our time of need. Boy could they! They offered for my family to stay in their unused staff housing. What a blessing!!! As I said, we have a large entourage. The housing had 8 rooms and 16 beds. This was more than ample accommodations for our brood. We had to stay for exactly 4 weeks before the kinks were ironed out to get our house, but they were a glorious 4 weeks. We thoroughly relished or "vacation" at Lake Yale. The property is gorgeous and we loved transitioning from cold Pennsylvania to such an oasis. I am truly thankful for I figure conservatively that our stay there saved our family about $4,000 in hotel bills, for Lake...

God is Gracious

God was gracious with us at Lake Yale and showed us His great love through the Gospel as well as the very great and precious promises of His Word. Thank you for having us!

First Baptist at Weston

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:31:01-05:00

First Baptist at Weston

God was gracious with us at Lake Yale and showed us His great love through the Gospel as well as the very great and precious promises of His Word. Thank you for having us!

Time to concentrate on higher things

This event gave our ladies the opportunity to leave responsibility behind and concentrate on spiritual growth and fellowship. It was a time of sharing burdens with friends and receiving ministry and prayer, and it was a time of sharing fun with friends and receiving refreshment and rejuvenation.

New Life Worship Center

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T14:06:50-05:00

New Life Worship Center

This event gave our ladies the opportunity to leave responsibility behind and concentrate on spiritual growth and fellowship. It was a time of sharing burdens with friends and receiving ministry and prayer, and it was a time of sharing fun with friends and receiving refreshment and rejuvenation.

We felt the Holy Spirit

The fellowship, we all felt the Holy Spirit surround us and lift our spirits especially Friday afternoon at our answered prayers session. We are so blessed to have found Lake Yale. See you all next year.

St. Paul's PNCC

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T14:03:39-05:00

St. Paul's PNCC

The fellowship, we all felt the Holy Spirit surround us and lift our spirits especially Friday afternoon at our answered prayers session. We are so blessed to have found Lake Yale. See you all next year.

Rajeana’s Story

I received a call a few months before the October 2018 women's conference from Cheryl Poyner asking about tickets to the Laura Story concert for her daughter, Rajeana. Rajeana, I was told, is a big fan of Laura Story and Laura's testimony and songs such as "Blessings" have helped Rajeana through some very difficult times. Rajeana has Down's Syndrome and when she is at her lowest, the encouraging words and testimony heard in Laura's songs bring her up and make her smile. This wouldn't have been a difficult requests except for the fact that we had already sold out and closed booking for the event where we were anticipating over 700 women to be in attendance. Cheryl never asked for anything special. She never traded on Rajeana's condition to try to make her way in. But as she began to tell me the impact that Laura Story had on her daughter my heart was moved by the Lord. I ended the call with, "I'll see what I can do." and then quickly proceeded to work out a way to get tickets for them. A day later, I emailed Cheryl back and invited them to the concert as my personal guest. When they arrived there were front row seats waiting for them in the packed conference. After Laura's concert, I asked Cheryl if she and Rajeana would join me in the back for a moment. I led them to the back hall where Laura was waiting anxiously to meet her biggest fan. One of the greatest things about Lake Yale is the opportunity we have to do small things that will make a massive impact on the lives of others. Our work here, our programs, our facility is a ministry. What we do here makes a massive impact on the Kingdom. Many times we are unaware of how much we may have impacted lives by just being available, loving people, and giving them opportunities to see Christ in us, in the programs, and here on property.

Lake Yale Staff Member

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-08T08:07:01-05:00

Lake Yale Staff Member

I received a call a few months before the October 2018 women's conference from Cheryl Poyner asking about tickets to the Laura Story concert for her daughter, Rajeana. Rajeana, I was told, is a big fan of Laura Story and Laura's testimony and songs such as "Blessings" have helped Rajeana through some very difficult times. Rajeana has Down's Syndrome and when she is at her lowest, the encouraging words and testimony heard in Laura's songs bring her up and make her smile. This wouldn't have been a difficult requests except for the fact that we had already sold out and closed booking for the event where we were anticipating over 700 women to be in attendance. Cheryl never asked for anything special. She never traded on Rajeana's condition to try to make her way in. But as she began to tell me the impact that Laura Story had on her daughter my heart was moved by the Lord. I ended the call with, "I'll see what I can do." and then quickly proceeded to work out a way to get tickets for them. A day later, I emailed Cheryl back and invited them to the concert as my personal guest. When they arrived there were front row seats waiting for them in the packed conference. After Laura's concert, I asked Cheryl if she and Rajeana would join me in the back for a moment. I led them to the back hall where Laura was waiting anxiously to meet her biggest fan. One of the greatest things about Lake Yale is the opportunity we have to do small things that will make a massive impact on the lives of others. Our work here, our programs, our facility is a ministry. What we do here makes a massive impact on the Kingdom....

Many Members, One Body

I loved the interaction of the different groups and how it was obvious we serve and love the same true and living God. My soul was overwhelmed with joy. Thank you one and all and may God continue to bless and prosper you.

Full Harvest Christian Church

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:35:52-05:00

Full Harvest Christian Church

I loved the interaction of the different groups and how it was obvious we serve and love the same true and living God. My soul was overwhelmed with joy. Thank you one and all and may God continue to bless and prosper you.

Together

Our theme for this year was "Together". Unlike other years this year we were overwhelmed at how well the Holy Spirit brought us close together as family!

Lift Disability Network

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:34:52-05:00

Lift Disability Network

Our theme for this year was "Together". Unlike other years this year we were overwhelmed at how well the Holy Spirit brought us close together as family!

We saw God work

I saw God at work through the employees of Lake Yale: your good nature, willingness to please, and beautiful grounds and meeting space. We are always treated like we are valued, and that is Godly.

D.A.R.T.

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:37:55-05:00

D.A.R.T.

I saw God at work through the employees of Lake Yale: your good nature, willingness to please, and beautiful grounds and meeting space. We are always treated like we are valued, and that is Godly.

A Wonderful time of Growth

The ladies retreat we had at Lake Yale was a wonderful time of growth, renewal, and fellowship for our ladies. New friendships were formed and the time we spent in bible study together as a group helped build a spiritual bond between our ladies .

Westside Baptist

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:44:18-05:00

Westside Baptist

The ladies retreat we had at Lake Yale was a wonderful time of growth, renewal, and fellowship for our ladies. New friendships were formed and the time we spent in bible study together as a group helped build a spiritual bond between our ladies .

A Tremendous Blessing

Lake Yale has been a tremendous blessing to us over the years as a comfortable place to get away, meet with the Lord and fellowship with the saints. It continues to get better ever year and we are most thankful for your accommodations and hospitality.

Calvary Chapel Gainesville

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T14:05:43-05:00

Calvary Chapel Gainesville

Lake Yale has been a tremendous blessing to us over the years as a comfortable place to get away, meet with the Lord and fellowship with the saints. It continues to get better ever year and we are most thankful for your accommodations and hospitality.

Lifetime commitment

This year marks 30 years of me visiting Lake Yale! I am so thankful for this special place where thousands of lives have been changed! Wonderful staff and beautiful campus! Would highly recommend for retreats and special get always!

Jeffrey Stockdale

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T14:08:28-05:00

Jeffrey Stockdale

This year marks 30 years of me visiting Lake Yale! I am so thankful for this special place where thousands of lives have been changed! Wonderful staff and beautiful campus! Would highly recommend for retreats and special get always!

Beyond my Expectations

My experience at Lake Yale was beyond my expectations! I enjoyed the scenery! Lots if beautiful trees! Nice River, and oh i just loved the Board walk! Its was such an awesome feeling to just be in fellowship with people who love the Lord and not ashamed to call Him by His Name ! What an awesome experience! When i first arrived at Lake Yale i just knew i would be blessed! Blessings Blessings! I'm so excited i can hardly wait to go back. Children of all ages was just praising the Lord! I just want to say it was a great and honorable privilege being in the mids of all those great men and women of God. I only give God the praise because He has allowed me to experienced more and more if His love.

Macey Beverly

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-08T08:05:39-05:00

Macey Beverly

My experience at Lake Yale was beyond my expectations! I enjoyed the scenery! Lots if beautiful trees! Nice River, and oh i just loved the Board walk! Its was such an awesome feeling to just be in fellowship with people who love the Lord and not ashamed to call Him by His Name ! What an awesome experience! When i first arrived at Lake Yale i just knew i would be blessed! Blessings Blessings! I'm so excited i can hardly wait to go back. Children of all ages was just praising the Lord! I just want to say it was a great and honorable privilege being in the mids of all those great men and women of God. I only give God the praise because He has allowed me to experienced more and more if His love.

Peace

There was a peace during our conference that we had yet to feel over the past four years. God ministered to our attendees, both in the corporate sessions and in their intimate quiet times. We love the atmosphere at Lake Yale and our prayer team made use of your prayer room.

Florida Christian Writers' Conference

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center
2019-02-07T13:41:20-05:00

Florida Christian Writers' Conference

There was a peace during our conference that we had yet to feel over the past four years. God ministered to our attendees, both in the corporate sessions and in their intimate quiet times. We love the atmosphere at Lake Yale and our prayer team made use of your prayer room.
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