Monday, August 17, 2009

Kathy Stank, is singing with Jesus

As I prepared to leave for the cabin and a weeks respite with Karol and the kids this morning, we received a phone call. Our very first camper, our friend , our sister; Kathy Stank died yesterday. Kathy had a massive heart attack and died immediately in her room at the nursing home she lived in.
Kathy had impacted so many lives over the last 14 years at Camp Daniel. She above all people I know, was ready to go, she loved Jesus with all her heart. Kathy's father died just 2 weeks ago, and she was unable to come to camp that week. Instead we where able to arrange for her to be at camp last week. Kathy had a wonderful week impacting her counselor, other campers and counselors and all of our staff yet again. Kathy's family is suffering at these two significant losses in such a short time, please pray for them.
Kathy closed our last chapel on Friday night by once again singing the old hymn "Crown of Thorns" which she has sang every year since she began coming to camp in 1997. I will write another entry here later tonight describing her impact on our ministry. We have all been blessed by her love.
The Visitation is at the Rhoades/Charpata Funeral home Thursday afternoon at 1:30 PM with the funeral following at 2:30. Her family has asked me to do her funeral, of which I could not be more proud to do. I ask for your prayer and for you to join us singing the hymns she blessed us by singing each year at camp on Thursday.


  1. Tony, It is an honor to be asked to do such a service and I know that the Holy Spirit will give you each and every word that needs to be spoken. It would have been neat to have met her but someday I will. I will be praying for you in your preparation for this service. Let me know if I can help you in any way. Thank you for your faithfulness, your love and your commitment to doing God's work. You and your family are deeply loved.

  2. Tony, what a blessing to be able to spend that last week with Kathy. It was so beautiful when Kathy sang...she was a beautiful person and you're right we will all miss her. I'll be keeping her family in my prayers and I will also be praying for you. I love you Tony.