Roy Brungard - A Faithful Minister of the Gospel
Over 75 years of existence, Mt. Lou San has had a of host of people who have had a profound impact for the cause of Christ. One of those heroes was Roy Brungard, who went home to be with the Lord on August 4, 2015. For three decades, Roy walked the streets of West Fairview and Enola inviting children and teens to attend summer camp at Mt. Lou San. He would go into the homes of families and walk them step by step through the registration process. He would arrange for transportation for as many as 20 campers in a given week. He would visit campers during the week and call the office for a full report. When he arrived on Saturday morning to take kids home, he wanted to know which kids trusted Jesus Christ as Savior since he had been praying fervently for them. Roy faithfully evangelized youth in central Pennsylvania into his eighties until his health prevented him from doing so.
The life of Roy Brungard provides many lessons for those of us left behind. Although Roy never went to Bible college or seminary and never preached a message from a pulpit, he was a faithful minister of the gospel. His concern for people and where they would spend eternity was demonstrated through his tireless effort to connect people to God’s truth. Oh that all of us would be as concerned for the eternal destiny of the people around us. Another valuable example that Roy set was how he spent his “retirement years.” Although Roy retired from his job at the Pennsylvania state capitol, he remained active for the Lord to the very end. Staying connected to young people allowed him to keep a fresh perspective. Finally Roy had a heart of compassion. Many of the children Roy brought to camp came from homes that were broken and impoverished. He was not judgmental and condescending; rather he viewed these families as ones who desperately needed what Mt. Lou San was offering – the gospel. The next time you see a family in a mess, be quick to show mercy and not to judge.
I trust that this tribute to Roy Brungard encourages you to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)