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60 Years of Camping

60 years ago the Conservative Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (which would become Rosedale Mennonite Missions) purchased a 300-acre property in eastern Kentucky that is now Bethel Camp. In the summer of 1957, the first youth camp took place there and the ministry has continued to grow since then. RMM encouraged Bethel Camp to become their own organization in the late 90’s, and is grateful for the friendship that still remains between the two agencies. RMM recently received a letter of thanks from Bethel Camp director, Roger Voth, which included this paragraph:

“Thank you for the way you molded and shaped Bethel camp during those early years and gave needed vision during the 60+ years of camping we have enjoyed. Thanks also for giving us the challenge to step out on our own as a ministry, giving us support to make that move, and blessing us with the gift of the camp property as well as a large portion of the coal money. You had vision in 1957 to see God use this property, and this past summer 494 campers heard from God during a week of summer camp (you can’t come to camp and not hear God speaking to you….) Thanks!”

The youth of our conference and RMM have been blessed by the flourishing ministry of Bethel Camp, and we pray that the programs we are currently involved in will have the same kind of impact in 60 years and beyond!