▶ See what Pastor James Wagstaff believes about Ponderosa and its message

Changed Lives. It’s what the ministry of Ponderosa is all about.

For generations, all over the world, bells like ours have been used to mark time, to rally the community, to announce a celebration or an emergency. But today our bell has found a new use and is used to mark something else, something much more significant.

Today, we ring the bell to signify the changing of a life.

When you have been touched mightily by the presence of the Living God, you can’t help but tell others. Since we’ve started this tradition, dozens of campers have spoken out their testimony and punctuated their words by reaching up, grabbing the rope and ringing the bell.

Why do we do this? We do this for changed lives. For 5 decades Ponderosa has been exactly that, a place lives are changed. The bell is a reminder of our charter, our mandate from God. This is why we’re here.

Will you help us continue to ring the bell for many years to come?