Celebrating Hannah’s 21st birthday, TEAMeffort style. #sparkling #morgansgrandadventure
On the road again. #morgansgrandadventure (at Pensacola to New Orleans)
Tree climbin’ #morgansgrandadventure (at Pensacola, Florida)
There is no easy way to sum up the last two weeks.
My internship was put on hold for a short period of time as I returned back to Jacksonville to take on the role as a normal TEAMeffort staff member, meaning that I would be assigned a youth group each week and lead them on a worksite. I spent my entire summer last year serving in that role, so I assumed it would be a piece of cake.
Boy was I wrong.
These last two weeks have been some of the most emotionally draining weeks of my life, but it was through those times of trial and desperation that I saw God shining his light through each of my campers. In the past week, I grew closer to my two groups than I could have ever imagined. And not only did my relationships with my campers grow, my relationships with my staff became rooted as well.
My emotions seemed to be set to the most extreme levels the last few weeks, where I was either incredibly joyful or completely defeated. But even in the darkest times, something would happen to comfort my heart.
Week one: my old youth group came, meaning that my partner in crime and best friend, Danielle, the church intern, was chaperoning. Not only that, but I was able to work alongside my old youth leader and see my little sister. The transition from intern to staff was difficult, but their constant love softened the blow.
The following week I was assigned a group that I had last year, so reconnecting with the leaders was simple and encouraging. The kids melted my heart and God revealed himself to me through their love and actions every single day.
Spending two weeks with a staff in TEAMeffort time is equivalent to a couple years in a family. By the time I packed up my belongings and said my goodbyes this morning, my eyes filled with tears as I looked each of them in the eyes and said farewell.
But I’m thankful for those tears, because those tears mean that I have something meaningful and worth missing. Those tears reveal to me just how blessed I have been to have such a nurturing family in Jacksonville.
Today I packed up a small little car and drove 5 and a half hours to Pensacola. From here, I will be traveling between seven different camps in the next month.
Today I became a professional nomad.
I have no idea what the future holds, but looking at the past only reveals joy, love, and hope. Hope for a future that mirrors those feelings of the past.
And I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Today marks day one of my month long road trip from camp to camp. Here goes nothing. #morgansgrandadventure (at Jacksonville to Pensacola)
Beachin’ (at Jacksonville Bch)
No mercy. These water critters ain’t got nothin’ on my group. #teameffort2014
(at Teameffort Missions)
Happy heart. My sister was my camper this week and it was perfect. (at St Augustine Fl)
I couldn’t be more proud of my trench digging crew this week. What a blessing to have such hard workers on my worksite. #weddingtonumc #repost (at Teameffort Missions)
at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
• Morning sun • tie-dyed feet • coffee • spanish moss •
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
June 10th, 2014