Coal Mining

In the 80ís, part of the Bethel Camp property was leased and strip-mined for coal. A road through the property was used to transport coal off the property and royalties from the coal and road use provided some unexpected financial gain. Rosedale Mennonite Missions decided to give part of the money to Rosedale Bible College, to invest part of it as retirement benefits for missionaries, and allocate another third for camp use. The camp set aside over half of that money in an endowment which provides yearly income for the camp program. The other part has been used for many of the renovation and expansion projects over the past years.