The Voice: Fall 2001
Notes from the Alumni Office
A Passion for Mission
Effective organizations have clear missions and leaders with the passion to carry them out. This summer, tucked away in the Cabinet Mountains of northwest Montana, I found a ministry with both. Spending a week there with our church work group rejuvenated me for my own work.
Majestic View Ministries is a family camp ministry under the leadership of Clyde Miller. The camp is an odd assortment of cabins in various stages of renovation. But Clyde has a clear vision for this campa place of physical retreat and spiritual renewal for needy families. With holy passion, Clyde welcomes volunteers, supervises their skilled and not-so-skilled efforts, teaches, shares. No job is too big or too small in carrying out the mission of Majestic View.
My Montana mountain-top experience inspired me. Who wouldnt be moved by placid lakes, roaring water falls, wildlife, and quiet times in the shadow of the mountains? But I also learned how important it is to keep the mission in mindClyde still looks forward to the day his mission becomes reality. I can see Dordts mission played out every day on campus. But some days Im so bogged down with details that I forget why were here and what we're doing. Dordt College is committed to preparing young people to serve wherever God calls them. Alumni, faithful to their callings, confirm Dordts ministry. My mission is to support and nurture on-going relationships of alumni with Dordt and other alumni.
But even a clearly defined mission languishes without people of passion to support it. Its your enthusiasm for Dordt and your testimonies of its life-changing influence that energize me. Your notes of thanks for an e-mail newsletter, appreciation for our helping locate a former roommate, and your encouragement to be faithful to Dordts mission that spur me on to greater service. Your passion pushes me to keep Dordts mission clearly before all of us and to keep working hard to carry it out.
The easiest way to keep up with whats happening on campus and let us know whats happening in your life, is through our website (www.dordt.edu). If youre a frequent visitor to our website youve noticed that the website took on a new look over the summer. The new look is designed for easier navigation and updating. Weve also added some features in recent months that let you help us. We regularly have a list of alumni for whom we have no current addresses. If you know the whereabouts of a classmate that weve identified as missing and would be willing to pass their address on to us, wed appreciate it. We also invite you to use the prospective student referral form to pass along the names of high school students who may be interested in Dordt College. We value your continued interest and input.
If your interests run toward the more creative, weve got an outlet for you, too. Earlier this year faculty author and English professor James Schaap resurrected a literary magazine that debuted on campus some thirty years ago. In its new form its an on-line journal, but it is still dedicated to providing a place for good writing by students and former students. You can check out previous issues at www.dordt.edu/publications/arete/.
Dr. Schaap welcomes your submissionsand promises not to return them marked with red ink!
We are proceeding with our European tour plans for 2002. Professor Case Boot, undeterred by the terrorist attacks of September 11, encourages alumni and friends to join him for one or both tour options weve arranged. Option #1 is a bike and barge tour of the Netherlands, June 22-29. By day youll bike through the towns and countryside of Hollands Green Heart while a refurbished barge serves as your traveling hotel for the week. Option #2 is a fifteen-day tour of the major cities and sites of interest in Europe, immediately following the bike-barge tour. Option #3 is to double your pleasuredo both toursfor far less than double the cost! Its also possible to arrive in Amsterdam ahead of time and do some visiting and sightseeing on your own. Whatever option suits you, the alumni office and Emily Kellenberger or Jan Van Roekel at Travel Advantage are ready to help you work out the details.