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The story of the beginnings of Meadows of Hope is a praise testimony to the love, goodness, and sovereignty of God working through His people to accomplish His purposes. 

During the spring of 2009, a generous individual heard about a farm that was for sale across the road from Camp Andrews.  After hearing the tremendous asset that this land would be to the expansion of ministry, he offered to provide a gift to purchase the 40 acres.  The farm was purchased with this gift in July 2009.

The Board of Directors and the staff at Camp Andrews prayed and discussed what God’s purpose was for the “miracle farm” across the road.  Teresa Beachy, the camp program director, had previously spent several years in South Carolina at a residential camp for troubled teen girls.  She brought a vision for starting a similar ministry in the Pennsylvania area.  It soon became clear that there was an urgent need for such a ministry. Many teen girls came to Camp Andrews for summer camp, but had no place to go for continued healing and discipleship.  In essence, Meadows of Hope began as an extension of Camp Andrews. 

In a motion, approved by the Board of Directors of Camp Andrews on November 15, 2010, the Board decided to establish an exploratory subcommittee.  This subcommittee had its first meeting at Faith Mennonite High School on January 14, 2011.  The exploratory subcommittee of 10 members had four meetings in total.  This exploratory subcommittee researched the possibility of creating a new program, specifically for troubled teen girls, on the newly acquired property.  

On March 14, 2012, the Board unanimously approved the motion to open a residential girls home.  At this point, a steering committee was formed with 8 members.  The steering committee had 21 meetings from March 2012-August 2014.  This steering committee conducted plenty of research, visited and networked with similar ministries, developed vision and policy statements, and prepared the new property.  This process also included an abundance of prayer.  From the summer of 2013 through the winter of 2014, horses were acquired, the old barn was renovated, the new house was built, and the first staff members were hired.  On August 26, 2014, our first teen girl entered the program at Meadows of Hope. 

Camp Andrews is the “parent” 501(c)(3) private, non-profit, Christian para-church ministry of Meadows of Hope.  Meadows of Hope and Camp Andrews are governed by the same Board of Directors and currently operate under the umbrella organization of Silver Springs Ministries.

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