Grief, Camp, & Remembrance

•June 14, 2018 • Leave a Comment

“These were..people that shaped me, pushed me, and cared for me, as well as countless others. … In between..tears and laughter..shared. Grief was embraced and gaping wounds..given aid.”

“Grief, sadness, and heartache—things not often associated with camp—are nonetheless present in the lives of campers, retreat guests, volunteers, and staff. We can’t expect our campers to explore, grow, rest, and play without first reflecting on the weight they may carry to camp.”

“….grief is a healthy part of life and not something to be ignored.”

Camp Pyoca Blog

Written by Acting Executive Director, Mike Davis.

Last weekend, in the midst of a very busy retreat weekend at camp, volunteers young and old from near and far descended on the Pyoca grounds. They carried with them garden implements of every type, plants purchased and plucked from their own yards, and heavy hearts.

Days of service and volunteer projects are a common occurrence at Pyoca, but Saturday was different. As always, we worked to give back to the place where our lives have been changed, but we also worked to honor the saints who have gone before us. They helped to create this place, encouraged us to go Pyoca as retreat guests and campers, and mentored us every step of the way.

From the latter months of 2017 into early 2018, Pyoca lost two active board members and another retired board member. I was in utter shock and dismay announcing…

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InterVarsity Remembers Billy Graham | InterVarsity

•February 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Billy Graham partnered with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship many times during his life in order to bring the gospel message to college students.
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‪”You cannot wait upon the faculty.‬

‪ ..upon older leaders. It is time for students to exert their leadership with all the enthusiasm and tremendous power they have. Give it all to Christ.”‬

‪—The Rev. Dr. @BillyGraham‬


‪@UrbanaMissions ’57‬

As his legacy is now to be remembered upon entering into eternity with dearly loved ones in heaven, today I want to express gratitude, giving thanks to the praise of God’s glorious grace for the life, person and ministry of Billy Graham.

After college in NYC as an engineering student having participated with InterVarsity on campus, I felt led to rededicate my life to Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade. Later on while employed as a systems analyst doing business in the corporate workplace, I received training and was honored with the opportunity to volunteer in service as an evangelism and prayer counselor at another Billy Graham event rally in Pittsburgh.

When the invitation came toward the end of his message that day, the sight of thousands of people gathered and coming forward as they sensed the Spirit’s leading to commit their lives to Jesus was an awesome experience—such a blessing and privilege to personally share and bear witness to the love of the Lord our Savior and walk alongside person after person prayerfully receiving the free gift of God that is eternal life in Christ Jesus. To God alone be the glory.

‪—Rex Espiritu

The Great Ache

•June 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Joan Didion, in The Year of Magical Thinking, captures it: 

“Grief is different. Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.” 

(Pamela Cytrynbaum) @pamcyinjustice 

The Great Ache

For we have this hope

•March 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

As an anchor for our soul
You are with us
We will never be alone

Into every life a little rain must fall

•February 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Into every life a little rain must fall
And losing one you love is like a storm
But storms are passing

Silencing the voice of mortal tragedy
Listening to whispers of the soul
All is peaceful

(Wayne Kirkpatrick and Michael W. Smith)

“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury. For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.” The king proclaims the LORD’s decree: “The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’” Now then, you kings, act wisely! Be warned, you rulers of the earth! Serve the LORD with reverent fear, and rejoice with trembling. Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!”

•January 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Psalms 2:1-12 NLT

“Speechless” album by Steven Curtis Chapman on Apple Music

•August 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Listening to “I Do Believe” by #StevenCurtisChapman on @AppleMusic. @stevencurtis:-> @StevenCurtisChapman #instagram