My Last Week on the Beach

The next adventure of my summer has begun as I started my internship at Illinois Farm Bureau yesterday! The last few days have been a whirlwind, but after some readjusting of travel plans, I made it back to Illinois from Greek Summit last weekend and moved to Bloomington for my internship.


Church on the Beach

The rest of the trip was awesome and I’m excited about what this summer and next school year have in store! Waking up early for church on the beach was a great way to start the second week of Greek Summit. The week also gave us the opportunity to write up ministry plans for when we get back to campus in the fall. We heard talks on many topics including the potential legacy a Christian can leave in a sorority or fraternity, and apologetics and how to defend our faith.

The Lord worked in so many ways while we were in Destin! One of the highlights of the trip was watching one of the college students that some of our guys talked to during our day of outreach come to some of our events and eventually come to know Christ before the end of our trip. It was also incredible to see two
students on the trip be baptized in the Gulf of Mexico.


My lovely Small Group

I’m so glad that the Lord led me to going on this trip, even if that meant flying by myself, to a place I’d never been, to hang out with a bunch of strangers. I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to make new friends from all over the southeastern United States. I’m also excited about everything I learned and having chances to implement my new skills and ideas.

greek summitIf you have any questions about the details of my trip to Greek Summit, just let me know!


The Adventure Continues

First I want to make a shout out to my friends that are traveling all over the world right now in places like Brazil, Croatia, and Italy. I’m getting my own taste of different cultures here in the south. I’m very amused by the large, baggy t-shirts with Nike shorts that seem to be the dress code here, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I come home with a bit of a southern drawl.

In all seriousness, I’ve settled into my house with 12 other girls, gotten to know my super sweet roommate, and finally figured out some of what these 2 weeks look like.


Praise and worship on the beach!

Each morning we have a meeting at a church nearby. We usually have 2 talks that are meant to help us grow in our own relationship with God and teach us how to share the Gospel in our houses and on our campuses back home. Between these talks we have 45 minutes for quite time with reflection questions.

We also get to hear lots of testimonies about how God has worked in people’s lives. God has already been working and moving, challenging me to surrender every part of my life to him. I’m learning to trust Him with my future and what He has planned for me.

IMG_2820In the afternoon, we have time to hang out on the beach or at the pool. We this time to reflect on everything we’re learning and build community. We also play volleyball, spike ball, and I even tired paddle boarding.


Chocolate chip cookies with Oreos inside. We won best presentation!

We often spend the evenings in our ‘family groups’ competing and having fun. Our competitions have included games, a bake-off, bowling, and a lip-sync battle.

Thursday was our day of outreach. My family group went to the University of West Florida and got to share the Gospel with the students there.


Sunset Cruise

It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been here for a week and that in another week I’ll be home. I’m looking forward to what the rest of this adventure has in store!greek summit

And so the Adventures Begin…

For those that don’t know, I’m VERY excited for my summer. It’s been a bit of a rough semester and while I’m thankful for everything I’ve learned and the strong friendships I’ve developed, I wasn’t sad to take my last final yesterday. The fact that my summer has officially started hasn’t quite set in yet, but I think some fun in the sun will change that soon enough!

IMG_2774I’m starting my summer adventures with a 2-week trip to Destin, FL with Cru, my campus ministry. I’m headed to Greek Summit, a Cru summer mission/leadership conference for college students that are part of the Greek system (in a fraternity or sorority). While I don’t really know what to expect, I can’t wait to see what God has in store for the next few weeks.


IMG_2773Whatever the next few weeks and months may hold, I’m learning to trust Him with my plans. I can only hope that my adventures are half as exciting and enlightening as Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy’s in the Chronicles of Narnia. (Re-reading the series is at the top of my summer reading list… and I may or may not have been 3 chapters in to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe before my plane even took off at 5:30am this morning.)

I hope this trip can be the “wardrobe” to my summer, leading me to something new and exciting! I will do my best to keep posting updates to my blog throughout my trip.

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I’m also praying for the adventures of my friends and roommates who will be all over the world in the next few weeks! (Places like Croatia, Brazil, Mexico, and Italy.)

(And for those of you wondering, when I get back from Florida, I will be moving to Bloomington and interning with Illinois Farm Bureau for the rest of the summer.)