As one of the leaders at camp often talks about, and as my title indicates, all of the shiny has rubbed off. My job, my life at camp… It is no longer fresh, novel, or different. It’s simply my everyday life. But! That gives me great opportunity to serve joyfully! I get to find God’s work in every single day, making each day a marvelous testament to His providence for me. All that being said, I am so sorry I haven’t sent out any updates in a while! My schedule has been jam packed with all kinds of shenanigans; I’m excited to tell you all about them!
First, an update on my summer (yikes, that was a while ago): Wow! The Lord have me some great opportunities to have some awesome conversations with my Leadership Live girls, as well as develop some strong friendships with the other summer staff. I am grateful for the number of decisions made and the grace that God gave as I learned a new job. This was the most difficult summer I’ve had in a long time, but I was grateful for God’s grace and strength!
After summer, I started preparing for my second year of teaching! I still feel like a first year teacher because of all the new classes I’m teaching, but I am loving my eight crazy, energetic, wonderful students! It’s been a blast to see them grow and learn. God has truly given me a job where I see Him at work in the lives of other people. I feel I have grown as an educator, a professional, and a leader throughout the beginning of this year.
I have been able to take quite a few trips with Ministry Bound and my school over the last few months: teacher’s convention, Pause trip, and camp tour. God has allowed me to nail down a great system for anyone who subs for me, which is a blessing! Also, I am currently enjoying Christmas break at home with my family!
God has answered so many of my prayers this year, but I want to mention the biggest two in this post. First, I am excited to say that I am embarking on a new detour on my camp adventure this summer – I’m headed to Wolf Mountain to work stores and hospitality there! I have never worked at another camp, but I am confident that the Lord will use this summer to glorify Himself and transform me more into the image of His Son!
The second way God has miraculously answered my prayers this year is incredible! I decided before the semester began that I wanted to raise $300 per month in support to prepare for potentially becoming resident staff. Currently, I have one supporter who sends me money every month, but I am nowhere near my $300/month goal! As I was looking through my journal of God’s faithfulness, though, I realized that He had indeed provided $300 every single month this semester! Whether a gift from a camper from my hometown, money for dog-sitting, or very generous gifts from an unlikely source, the Lord has provided for my needs and my wants above and beyond what I asked for! I am so grateful for the blessings that He showers upon His children out of love and care for us.
So, as you can see, I have enjoyed a very full year! Again, I could not do it without prayer. Here are a few ways you can pray for me in the upcoming months:
1. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Please pray for strength, energy, and wisdom in how to proceed medically.
2. I am continuing to raise support. If you would like to take me on, or if you think your church would be interested, please contact me via Facebook or comment below!
3. Pray for me as I continue loving, investing in, and discipling my students!
Thank you all again! I will try to update everyone more often. I appreciate your patience!
In His love,