The Summer of my Life.
I have officially been back in Bixby, Oklahoma for two days now. Kaleo has come to an end. And just as everyone said it would be it really was, the summer of my life.
The last week at Kaleo was one of the funnest weeks ever. It’s called back-to-campus week and its basically just about planning your ministry in the fall. This was a little scary to do, but so good to do just to have a solid look at the way I hope to live out my sophomore year. I have been hearing about starting a ministry for so long this summer I think this week was just really the last little push I needed, I am ready to stop hearing and start doing. We sang a song alot during worship this summer that said, “fill us up and send us out”. These words are so true. This whole summer we have been filled up and I literally feel like I am overflowing and now it is time to be sent out. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store this year.
Another one of my favorite parts of back-to-campus week was just the fact that I got to spend so much time with the other people at my project. We had campus time, beach time, and a campus dinner. I have seriously met some of the most amazing and encouraging people this summer. I am so blessed to have met them.
You know, I was trying to think of a main take away from this summer that I could share with all of you but there really isnt just one that I can pick. I literally have never been stretched, convicted, or grown so much in my entire life. Everyday was a challenge and I never thought I would say this but I am so thankful that this summer was hard. I am so thankful that I was uncomfortable alot of the time, that I went not really knowing alot of people, that I had to share my faith, that I had to get up and work eight hours a day, that I had to learn that if I didnt get up every morning and do my quiet time that I would be crabby the whole day, that I had to plan my ministry, that I had to learn to manage my time and money, and that this whole summer was not just a church camp experience (not that those are bad) but it was a life expereince. I am so thankful I had this oppurtunity to learn to be a laborer.
Laborer is a word that they used many times throughout Kaleo. I never really understood what it meant until the last week. To labor means to fight, toil, train, strain, and give all that you have. This is what we were trained and equipped for. This is what God calls us to do. And I couldnt be more excited about it.
In the beginning the staff told us that only about half of the people at Kaleo would have a life change from this summer. I have been constantly praying that this would be the year that wouldnt be true. That there would be 100% of people from Kaleo that have a life change, that we would be laborers for Him. And as I head into next semester that is still my prayer and I would appreciate it if you would also pray for that, for me, and for everyone else at Kaleo.
Although Kaleo was the summer of my life, I learned that it shouldnt be THE peak of my spiritual walk. True, it was a peak. But not the peak. I pray that I will keep growing in my walk, that until my heart stops beating I will strive to grow more in Him. I am so thankful for the summer that I had. I really am. Thank you for everyone who supported me. Financially and in prayer. It means so much to me. Fun fact: At the end of the summer I only had to pay Kaleo $300. After all my worry, the Lord provided for me more than I could have ever imagined. He is faithful. Also, God willing, I hope that this is not my last time at Kaleo. I don’t know what the future holds but I would love to return. And have the summer of my life, PART TWO!!!!