In 1976, a group of women at Reinhardt Bible Church in Dallas, TX started a weeklong summer camp for the girls who had been attending the Wednesday night programming. What they started was a legacy of wonderful memories, life long friendships, and a deeper relationship with the Lord for hundreds of girls. We doubt they knew the impact it would have, and continue to have for decades. Ellen (Reaves) Loveless and Meredith (Addington) Wiskur were two of the campers along the way.
Fast forward to 2003 – As Ellen’s oldest, Lauren, approached camp age, she wanted the same experience for her daughter. She enlisted Meredith, who had equally fond memories, and two daughters of her own who would be impacted. The two of them revived and revamped the camp from their childhood. During this same 2003-2004 timeframe, the Lord was stirring in the hearts of their husbands too. Jason was gripped by Wild At Heart and Healing the Masculine Soul and motivated to build into the lives of boys. Along the way, Matt and Jason were developing a strong friendship through their wives’ camp involvement.
After experiencing and seeing the impact of camp in the campers, counselors, and in their own lives, Ellen and Meredith suggested to their husbands that they create a boys version of camp. This was confirmation of what God was doing in the men’s hearts. Jason and Matt fully agreed and decided to take the plunge! In 2005, the Lovelesses and Wiskurs co-founded By His Design Ministries, Inc., the umbrella ministry to Girls Getaway and Warrior Week.
Girls Getaway has been operating since 2003 and Warrior Week since 2006. In the spring of 2008, By His Design Ministries, Inc. became a 501(c)3, non-profit ministry in the State of Texas.
As we’ve heard the call of “Follow Me” and taken the step of faith, we have watched Jesus do some awesome things in us and through us. He has drawn us closer to Himself and to one another – as friends and spouses – as we’ve walked with Him in this adventure. We count it a real blessing to be used by Him in this way. We want to thank Him, along with all of our friends and family who have supported this vision of impacting young lives for Christ.
We look forward expectantly to see what the Lord will continue to do through By His Design Ministries and hope that you’ll join us in the journey!