I’ve been back from the Summer Leadership Project for nearly a month now. I will go ahead and acknowledge that this update is long overdue. Partially because I’ve been really busy, and partially because I’ve procrastinated (note extra emphasis).
But, thinking back on the SLP, I am still overwhelmed and thankful for all that God did and continues to do. Here are a few things that I’m thankful for about the summer (not in any particular order):
-Great friends, co-laborers in the gospel, music video actors, circus-performers (t-shirt reveal), beach-walkers, staff meeting-havers, etc
The Ellijay Crew
-There were 5 of us from Ellijay on project this summer (including my sister, Anna). It’s been really amazing to see God’s faithfulness to this town and my family even through the lens of this single ministry. We got together sometimes to talk about apples and stuff.
Group tea-time on the picnic tables on the hotel patio facing the ocean (thanks Connor)
The room leaders on my team (Alex, Cleve, Drew, Trav)
-Loved seeing these guys grow in leadership and walking with the Lord. I learned that in most situations I can give them a little insight or guidance, but all I really have to offer them is Christ. He was the one working in people, not our best-practices. I also enjoyed listening to The Cranberries on our way to lunch.
Attending First Pres. Panama City
-They were incredible in taking care of Team 3 and making us feel welcome. Our team of ~35 got to hang out and bond a lot as well (tubing adventure, afternoon at the pool, lunch after church)
There are numerous other things I could mention, but overall I am just glad to have been a part of things this summer. Thank you so much if you supported or prayed for us in any way. I believe the life trajectories of many people were impacted and will continue to be. God’s kingdom has been advanced and will continue to do so.
One word to describe life for me: Change.
One word to describe myself: Nomad.
The pace and rhythm of life has changed a lot for some obvious immediate reasons such as: I have my own room, I’m now creating my own weekly schedule rather than it being set in stone, and I’m no longer living life alongside 95 students. Other reasons are less immediate and more gradual realizations, such as: I’m not moving back to Athens this Fall, I’m done taking classes, and I’m beginning to raise support to be what is essentially a missionary to students at Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta.
In the midst of all this change, however, I can still sense God working and continuing to call me to himself. He still wants my heart and my affections because he knows I’m not going to be happy anywhere else apart from him. In the midst of all this change, he’s saying to me,
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
He’s still the only one who can satisfy and he’s not going anywhere.
So, as I start this new post-college/pre-college minister phase, I’m going to continue to press my life into him.