deep in the text of H.R. 3074, the $106 billion transportation and HUD porkfest
the Senate passed Wednesday by an 88-7 margin, one will find an $850,000
appropriation, originating with the office of erstwhile presidential candidate
Sam Brownback, for the renovation of one Morning Star Ranch in
The camp is situated an hour northeast of Wichita on a 650-acre site that includes, according to its Web site, “facilities for 72 campers and a year-round retreat lodge for 40…a dining room that seats 120 and a meeting room that seats 110 “ as well as “a swimming pool, a basketball/tennis court, a sand volleyball area, a horseshoe pit, hiking trails, biking trails, a baseball/softball diamond, playground equipment, and a park area for games.”
Oh, and one more thing. It is owned by the Los Angeles-based World Impact Ministries, whose stated purpose is to “minister cross-culturally to people unreached by the gospel of Jesus Christ through evangelism, follow-up, discipleship and indigenous church-planting.” (Well, if nothing else, they certainly won’t lack for fertilizer.) The camp is used as the headquarters for the group’s Christian Leadership Training Program, which describes itself thusly:
This two-year program is for single, urban young men, ages 18-25, who have made a commitment to Christ and want to grow in their walk with Him. Applicants are encouraged to have a church sponsor them.
But lest you heathens think this is just a gift from Brownback to help some fundie group back home repaint the tennis courts at their personal propaganda resort, oh no no no. While this may be a faith-based initiative, these guys are inclusive! After all:
The facilities are available to other Christian groups.
You see, they have both kinds of music…country AND western!