Remembering Rock: August 2020
Serving people, specifically providing opportunities to experience Truth, Community and Change through Jesus Christ is our mission at Rock Mountain. Despite the challenges of current circumstances it has been a special privilege to pursue this mission in 2020. The need for community and fellowship has been made clear during these months of social isolation and quarantine, and it has been a gift to see friends encourage each other face-to-face (and 6 feet apart) this summer. The impact of the truth of the gospel has been evident as students came to know Jesus for the first time, confessed sin and renewed commitments to follow Him. Camp has always been a special place–where fun and friendships, time in God’s Word and counselors and staff that love the Lord are used by God to change lives for eternity. This impact was multiplied this summer as camp stood in contrast to the elevated difficulty of our current day to day life. We are praising God–in a renewed way–for His work at camp, and the privilege of being a part of that in 2020.
I can’t tell you WHAT is cooking in the Rock Mountain Bible Camp kitchen…but I can announce a change in WHO is cooking it. After providing campers and guests with tasty and plentiful meals for the past 17 years, Food Service Manager Joe Vietri has resigned. Joe and his wife Patti are parents of two severely disabled children. At the end of August their daughter will undergo major and complicated spinal surgery with an indeterminate recovery time. Understanding the inflexibility of his role at camp and knowing that it’s impossible for Patti to provide all the care and support that will be needed he is taking action to be more available. Joe will be seeking third shift employment in an effort to be home and available when needed most; I would call this a James 1 motivated decision.
Mrs. Cathy Rogers has joined the Rock Mountain team as our new Head Cook. Cathy has food service experience at a hospital and two Bible Camps. Cathy loves the Lord Jesus and she and her husband Mark are excited for her to have this new avenue of vocational service. Not only does her food taste good but she is passionate about camping ministry. Cathy has most recently served at our ministries’ Christian bookstore as the Christian Education buyer where her wit and get it done approach will be missed. Joe and Cathy are working together during August in anticipation of a seamless transition this Fall.
-Richie Robb, Executive Director
Outing Canceled But..
Has this pandemic hurt your golf game? Unfortunately, you will not have to scramble to get it “up to par” for the Rock Mountain golf tournament. The golf outing that was originally scheduled for Spring and postponed until the Fall has been canceled. In light of the uncertainty of governmental regulations and the burden of hosting a virus-aware and socially-distanced day event it seems wise to say, “See you next year.” Although the event is canceled the need for the funds this event annually provides is not; in fact, the need is even greater this year. Please consider a generous contribution to help meet the needs of the ministry created by thew COVID-19 pandemic. Please mark your donation as Golf 2020 or follow the link to donate online. Thank you for your support of the ministry of Rock Mountain Bible Camp.
- Pray for Wheatland Community Church, Ukrainian Evangelical Church, Oasis Christian Centre, and Grace Fellowship Church holding their camps at Rock Mountain this month.
- Please continue to pray that we would be able to serve guests and campers this Fall, and for creativity and wisdom in serving in new ways during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Pray for our youth campers as they return home–that the truths they have memorized, and learned would encourage them and that they would continue to grow in the Lord away from camp.
- We are thankful for safe, healthy and fun weeks of youth camps. It was a privilege to create the opportunity for kids and teens to be together, having fun and interacting after many months of isolation. There was a powerful impact on many campers as they learned about the truth of the real gospel, and we are praising God for the lives that were changed for eternity this summer!
- We are praising God for the addition of Cathy Rogers to the RMBC staff team and praying for the transition taking place in Food Service this month.
- The campground has been a busy and exciting opportunity to serve families this summer-we are thankful for the unique ministry it provides and for its increased usage this season.
How Did You See God Work at Camp?
|Our students and leaders bonded on a unique level during our week of camp. God was certainly at work through our time in His Word and in worship, but He was also at work during our group activities. I also like to see students participate in things that make them a little uncomfortable because it breaks down some of those barriers between them and other students. I was grateful to see that this past week.|