These are some of the friends that have grabbed our hearts this summer at YL camp. We had a post-camp picnic at 4 Eagle Ranch last Wednesday. Each kid was able to share their favorite part of their week. This is only about 50 of the 95 that came with us.
The Bible says that our mission as followers of Jesus is to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations." (Matthew 28:19a) We feel that God has called us to make disciples within the students at Eagle Valley High School. Sometimes it is hard. Sometimes I want to be closer friends with people my own age. Sometimes I feel out of place and weird. Sometimes I want to be selfish and keep my husband to myself. And sometimes I just want a life that is not as busy (who lives like that anyway?). But then, I remember what my mission is right now....to tell high school friends about Jesus and love the people in my life like Jesus does to the best of my ability. God is so good. He gives us rest and rejuvenation in hard times. He shows us the eternal value of things in our live. I want to know that when I meet Jesus face to face, that I loved every person that came across my path as well as I could. I want to make a difference in the hearts of my high school friends, even if it means missing what most 30 year-olds would call "normal life". God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. We are so blessed by each of the friends in these pictures and are beyond blessed to do what we do.
Campaigners is the bible study that we do once a week for our high school friends at our house. The week after camp (last week) I like to call Campaigner Crazy Week. We do a bible study every night M-F (except the picnic night) so that our friends can get a taste of what it feels like to read the Bible every day. We give them time to read on their own and discuss it. It is kinda like an extension of cabin time from camp. We had about 50 kids from EVHS and we had over 20 kids every night! This was one of our biggest nights at around 30 (didn't get all of the kids). Praise God for these tender hearts that are ready to soak up as much as they can.
Then there are these sweet ladies. These ladies will be our seniors in YL this fall. We had coffee this week to talk about what YL could look like for their senior year. We asked questions like "How do you reach outside of your group of friends to love others?" and "What legacy will you leave behind at EVHS?" They are going to be a joy to walk with this year.