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Mercy Prayer Cabin

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”   
Lamentations 3:22-23
A photo of Lois Klawitter

Lois Klawitter

The Mercy Cabin was built in memory and honor of Lois Klawitter, who, with her husband Dick Klawitter, co-founded The Wilderness Fellowship Ministries.  Lois was a woman of abiding faith who loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was always by Dick’s side as his ministry partner and quiet but faithful cheerleader. This was very evident as The Wilderness dream that God gave Dick began to grow into reality. Leaving an incredible legacy that honors the God she served, Lois went to be with Jesus on November 12, 1999.

It is safe to say that the essence of The Wilderness’ ministry has the fragrance of Lois’ love and joy.  She brought a level of hospitality, love, patience, kindness and yes, mercy to all who set foot on this property.  She was one who would greet guests with a huge welcoming smile and then invite these guests (whom she had just met) into her kitchen for a piece of fresh pie, a cup of coffee, or a cold drink.  She lived out each day with such a servant heart that ministry took place just by being in her presence.

In addition to being a great mom to her own four kids, Lois became “Mom” to many Wilderness staff and volunteers, delighting in their pranks and sharing in their pains.  She was a master of stretching the “loaves and fishes” to feed an army on short notice. She worked the garden, helped with chores, kept the house a home, and did all of this without seeking the limelight. Sacrificially giving of herself to meet the needs of others was normal for her.  Whether offering a listening ear or a warm hug, a band aid or a prayer for healing or comfort, Lois shared a compassion and mercy that pointed to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When thinking about a name for this prayer cabin we asked, “What would capture the essence of the woman she was to all of us?”  Mercy stood out and seemed to honor well the woman she was.   

So, with praise to our Lord, and thanks to the many hundreds of people who have given to make this cabin a reality, we invite you, as Lois would, to bask in God’s abundant mercy. As you stay here in the Mercy Prayer Cabin, let the Lord Jesus Himself wrap His tender merciful arms around you and hold you in a hug, even as Lois did for so many, reminding you that you are loved, cherished and special.

Welcome to Mercy!

Cabin Information

The Mercy Cabin is a single level cabin and has a lot of “hand crafting” to it, like the other prayer cabins.  It was our desire with this one to try to build in a way that would go quicker, be more efficient and yet retain that cozy handcrafted log cabin feel.  We accomplished that by stick framing the building and then using log corner pieces and a hand-hewn look log siding with chinking to seal it all up.  Under the skin it is fully spray foamed insulation. Floor, walls and ceiling were covered in 3+ inches of spray foam, making it tight as a drum and super easy to heat. 

It boasts a beautiful gas fireplace, electric heat, air conditioning, microwave, toaster, refrigerator, coffee maker, a few basic dishes, silverware, a sink and water jug for drinking and cooking needs, miscellaneous utensils, and the largest screen porch of any of the prayer cabins with a high table and chairs for enjoying the Spring, Summer and Fall evenings.    

To make your stay as comfortable as possible, a queen-sized bed, table and chairs, glider rocker, and a comfortable twin sleeper chair are provided.

Both a very modern, well-lit, heated pit toilet is near the cabin and a fully modern bathroom with shower is available close by.  View a photo tour of our shower house and outhouses.

This is currently the closest of all the cabins to the parking area with a mere 40’ gradual slope walk to the cabin.

Mercy Prayer Cabin Dining Area
Mercy Cabin Dining Area

Policies & Guidelines

Who May Use The Prayer Cabin

The Mercy Prayer Cabin is designed for a maximum of 2 people, with the exception of a newborn who cannot be away from mom.  The two people can be individual adults, married couples, [parent and child with special permission], who are seeking a time of renewal and rest with the Lord and each other, in accordance with the stated purpose of this building, all guidelines, and the mission of TWFM. Please review our Policies prior to making a reservation.

 

Guidelines

No pets, TV’s, alcohol or candles allowed. Please download, review and sign The Wilderness Fellowship Ministries (TWFM) Guidelines.

The Front walkway to the mercy prayer cabin
Mercy Cabin Walkway
cozy living area in the mercy prayer cabin
Mercy Cabin Cozy Living Area

What to Bring

Comfortable clothing to meet your indoor and outdoor needs. As a point of health and consideration for all guests, please bring ONLY freshly washed and machine-dried bed linens, blankets, sleeping bag, and cases on pillows. We suggest slippers, towels and personal care items, simple food that can be cooked in the microwave, a flashlight, reading material, and a Bible. The bed is queen size.

The kitchen area in the mercy prayer cabin
Mercy Cabin Kitchenette

How to Reserve

The Mercy Prayer Cabin must be reserved in advance and is available on a suggested minimum donation basis.

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The bedroom area in Mercy Prayer Cabin
Mercy Cabin Bedroom Area

Give a Prayer Cabin Gift Certificate!

Customized Prayer Cabin gift certificates are available to help you to give a special and unique gift to someone you care about.  Suggestions: Pastors, Friends, Family, Wedding Gift, Anniversaries, Christmas, Birthdays.
The Wilderness Fellowship Gift Certificates
The Wilderness Fellowship Gift Certificate

FAQ

How have these Prayer Cabins come to be?

Each of the prayer cabins has been provided for by a specific family in honor or memory of a loved one.  These families have provided/donated all the necessary funds and input to build the cabin. We work closely with each family to create a cabin fitting to our call and mission. You could also invest in hundreds of people’s lives by funding a cabin. Please contact Randy if interested.

Are there bathrooms in the prayer cabins?

Modern, lighted, heated, no smell outhouses are located close by.  Also, there is a fully modern shower house and flush toilets that serves the whole prayer cabins village.  See photos of the modern shower house and outhouses.

Can I come before the 3 pm check-in time?

You are welcome to come enjoy The Wilderness, walk trails or sit by the lake, however, the earliest facility “check in” time is 3 pm. Please make every effort to keep the check in time you told us when you made your reservation and is on your confirmation email. If you are going to be late, please call and let us know your arrival time. (Please leave a message if no answer.)

Do you keep my credit card number on file?

We only keep your credit card number on file until the time of your visit to The Wilderness. Once your stay at The Wilderness is complete and your donation is received, your credit card information is no longer in our system. You must give us credit card information every time you make a reservation.

Do you provide linens?

No, TWFM does not provide linens. The bed is a queen size bed. As a point of health and consideration for all guests, please bring ONLY freshly washed and machine-dried bed linens, blankets, sleeping bag, and cases on pillows. You must also bring your own personal towels. (A dish towel and a dish cloth are the only towels we provide.)

Are pets allowed?

No pets or animals of any kind are allowed in any of our facilities. The only exception to this policy is a service animal.

Are the Prayer Cabins heated and/or air conditioned?

Yes, the Prayer Cabins are heated with electric heat in the winter, and they are air conditioned in the summer. They also have windows that open, during those times of the year when neither heat nor cooling is needed.

Is there Wi-Fi at the Prayer Cabins?

No. Wi-Fi service is not available at the Prayer Cabins.

Is there a place for a campfire close to the cabin?

Yes, there is one campfire pit, not far from the Prayer Cabins, for the guests of the Prayer Cabins to enjoy. Wood for campfires may be purchased at the office, $3/bundle.

How close do we park to the Prayer Cabins?

It is a short hike from the parking lot to the Prayer Cabins.

Why do you ask for my credit card number?

We ask for your credit card number so that in the event of a cancellation or no-show, TWFM has a way of charging you a cancellation fee, according to our cancellation policy. Other than the cancellation fee, we do not charge anything to your credit card.