Last night Liz and I went to Chautaqua Park to help Stuart Dodds celebrate his 50th birthday. It was really a great time and if you know Stu and Carol and were not able to attend, you would have loved it. Carol did a very nice job planning the event--chips and guac under the apple tree as guests arrived...enchiladas for dinner and afterwards sitting around the Greer's living room (Carol's folks have owned a bungaloe in Chautaqua for years) telling funny stories about Stu--and there were a bunch of them as well as how much we appreciated Stu. Stuart came into our lives in 1981 after being cut by the San Diego Chargers...and then picked up by the Steelers, he turned down the opportunity to play football to join Campus Crusade staff at University of Colorado where Liz and I and John and Nancy Lamb were on directing the ministry. He went from CU to direct the work at Denver University for a number of years before launching the campus ministry in Costa Rica and raising up national staff. Since then, he has returned to the campus ministry where he and Carol continue their impact--even after a bout with cancer.
All the people in the picture have been touched by Stuart (he's the tallest one in the picture--used to have the same dimensions as Magnum PI (6'4"--215 lbs) but now is 10 pounds leaner.
Thanks for the life well-lived Stu. The best years are still ahead of you.