Hi parents!

My name is Maddie “Brownie Bites” Ritchie, and I am the Guest Relations Coordinator here at the Towers! I graduated from TCU in 2013 with a major in Communication Studies and minor in Psychology of Leadership skills. I started on full-time staff at the Towers at the beginning of this summer and am loving every minute of it!

Week 6 has been awesome! From Wednesday’s 5th grade trip and Lego night, to our daily activities like the zipline and the blob, to Thursday’s A Bugs Life theme night, camp has been a joyful and energetic place to be! Campers and staffers are having a blast!

We have continued to study the life of Elijah and his faithfulness and obedience to The Lord. It’s been cool to remind ourselves what it means to be obedient. Elijah was asked to trust God and obey Him, and that’s what Elijah did (1 Kings 17:5).

When God asks us to obey Him, we can trust that He has our best interests at heart. We can choose to be obedient because our God is continually faithful, just like He was faithful to Elijah.

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
Psalm 33:4

God continually fulfilled the promises He made to Elijah to provide him with all he needed. The Lord remained faithful by sustaining Elijah with  food, water and protection from Ahab. Eventually, he revealed Himself as the almighty God to the Israelites and reminded them that He is the one and only God. Elijah trusted God and the Lord proved faithful over and over again.

We serve a God who knows our needs and meets them as He best sees fit. Personally, even when I doubt His plans and the circumstances He has placed me in, His faithfulness is always revealed even if it’s not when I had planned.

His plans and purposes are higher than ours, and He is working all things together for good.

Last night at club, Get Smart talked about Jesus’ death on the cross being God’s ultimate form of faithfulness. God knew we needed reconciliation for our sins and Jesus was and is our reconciliation. He took on the ultimate punishment that we deserved so we could be in right relationship with God.

Without Jesus, we can’t be right with God and can’t be forgiven and free.

Because of Jesus, we have the opportunity to trust God with our lives and live in eternity with Him.

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16

God completely changed my life (and continues to) through the truth of the gospel. Believing He is faithful and that He cares for His children is completely revealed in Him allowing His own son to die that we might be saved. Telling campers about what Jesus has done for them and how faithful He is, is why we love our jobs. It’s why we do what we do. I have the privilege of getting to serve alongside some awesome staff as we get to know your kids and all grow in knowledge of His love for us!

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We are so thankful you have trusted us with your kids this week, it has been so awesome. Looking forward to seeing y’all tomorrow!!

Sincerely,
Maddie “Brownie Bites” Ritchie