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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.”
The Mercy Prayer 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!
The Mercy Prayer 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.
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.