TREVOR — Promised Land Ministries has been serving area congregations with affordable missionary training and getaway gatherings for nearly two decades.
It sits on 53 acres in Trevor that serve as the grounds for summer and winter camps and a training center for mission teams.
“Promised Land has greatly expanded its ministries,” said Kevin Pinter, ministry director. “We strive to be a big backyard for churches, ministries and schools to use. Our mission is to help churches and ministries grow and thrive. We provide them with a fun site for retreats, picnics, team-building, mission-training, baptisms and more.”
Weekend retreats for youth groups and churches are also held at Promised Land. Activities include campfires, paintball, team building challenges, Cross Fit challenges, survivor games and swimming. Probably the most popular activities offered are the paintball and airsoft games.
The ministry also provides financial assistance for those who cannot afford to participate, because they want all who come to enjoy the bonding experience.
“We see that there is a need for an affordable getaway, a place to retreat and refocus,” explained Kevin. “We personalize the experience for each group and have hosted groups from 10 to 100.”
Before Promised Land existed, Kevin’s brother, Tim, began Pinter’s Sports, which was a paintball business open to the public. Later, he opened Cornerstone Construction and their father, Rick Pinter, took over Pinter Sports, changing the name to Promised Land.
In ministry since 1998Kevin grew up at Promised Land as Rick began the ministry in 1998, when Kevin was just 9 years old. After Kevin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a history and education degree, he felt called to missionary work more than he felt the calling to teach.
He and his wife, Christine, served in South Africa under ZEMA, the Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa, for 18 months, then he took a Bible teaching position at Christian Life School in Kenosha. They have three children, Toby, 4, Titus, 2, and Elsa, 9 months.
As Promised Land Ministries was growing, it became clear that Promised Land needed a ministry director and Kevin accepted that role.
“My wife and I actually spent our honeymoon in South Africa as missionaries and it was a really great opportunity for us to take time serving together and setting a vision for our lives,” Kevin said. “It definitely drew us closer together and to the Lord. A few years later, we returned to South Africa for the 18-month position at Sunbury Christian Camp. We do believe in the Lord’s leading over our lives and it’s really neat to see how that time prepared us for our role now at Promised Land Ministries.”
Paintball for church groupsAccording to Kevin, the original focus of Promised Land was to offer paintball outings for church groups and to be an exciting place to invite their unchurched friends.
“My wife and I feel a calling to run Promised Land Ministries. We see how God can use this ministry and park to help his kingdom grow,” said Kevin. “There are so many amazing churches and ministries out there and we want to help them grow and thrive even more by offering the park and resources to be used in ways that they need.”
Missionary trip trainingBecause of their meaningful missionary experience, Kevin and Christine want to give back by training those planning to become missionaries.
“We have done training for many short-term trips with participants ranging from teens to seniors,” said Kevin. “We do pre-field training at Promised Land and the sending church. We go through many aspects of missions and team building. This training can range from a few hours a month to staying overnight at Promised Land.”
In addition to church, organization and school ministries, Promised Land reaches out to veterans and the disabled. The organization has collaborated with more than 40 Kenosha businesses to make a difference for the veterans, foster children and the disabled.
“We work with several ministries that care for the veterans and the disabled and offer them a fun time of games, competitions and relaxation,” Kevin said. “We have heard from many of the ministries we work with that their time at Promised Land is the highlight of their year.”
For more informationWhat: Promised Land Ministries, 501(c)(3) organization
Where: 7815 113th Ave., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158