Spring is springing!

April 1, 2015


From the Director’s Desk

Spring is springing. Rhodes Grove Camp is busy waking up from a cold, blustery, and snowy winter. Birds are returning to the trees and buds are trying to push through the branches. Each year the start of spring births in me new enthusiasm for the summer camping season. I am also excited about the full calendar of events that Rhodes Grove has planned for this year. There are quite a few opportunities for you to get involved at camp!

As we talk about rebirth and new life and new opportunities, it is also relevant in this moment to remember earthly life lost. My friend and colleague, Missy Routzahn, met our Jesus on January 5, 2015. Missy served with our Rhodes Grove Ministry Team since December 2009. Missy served as Guest Services Coordinator and Missy was also the director of Rhodes Grove Camp Dinner Theater.

I am reminded of Missy often as Rhodes Grove continues to minister. “‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-40.

Missy lived and breathed this commandment. She loved our God with all she had. She also wanted to share Him with everyone with whom she came into contact. She demonstrated His love to our guests during the retreat planning process and by meeting guest needs, all while building relationships. She looked forward with great expectation to planning and instructing the cooking class for our summer campers. She was always eager to demonstrate and teach hospitality and love for others. She demonstrated His love when directing the dinner theater productions held each fall at RGC. She provoked a family atmosphere that projected love regardless of the group of people by whom she was surrounded.

I am grateful for the opportunity to share life with Missy, to share laughter and love, to minister together – shoulder to shoulder – impacting lives of others for the King. Before Missy said goodbye to the life she knew, she challenged us. She challenged me. She challenged me to love the way that Jesus loved. She challenged me to live without regret, to love deeply and to share love freely. She challenged me to not say goodbye without saying, “I love you.” She challenged me to pursue God’s design and serve Him until I have not breath.

Will you join me and RGC in demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ?
Will you join me in the challenge to love deeply and share the love of Christ freely?

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13