CM Alumni 2016
Shortly after this year’s leadership retreat for Campus Ministry happened, I saw some pictures on social media from friends and right away had this feeling that I wished that I was there, experiencing it and getting ready for another school year at Grand Valley and being involved with CM. After taking some time to think about it, I realized that although my years being involved in CM were amazing and a time of growing in my faith, that’s not where God has called me to be for forever, although sometimes I wish it was. While involved in CM, there were individuals who came alongside me and were a disciple to me. I ended up being able to do that same thing for some girls as well. I was able to lead a life group, be a part of the care team, go on spring break mission trips, participate in activities and events, and go to Israel, all throughout my time in CM. God worked in amazing ways to show me what can happen when you surround yourself with an intentional community. When it was time for me to leave CM and Grand Valley in December 2016, I was fearful of how my faith would continue grow without CM, but I knew through it all, God would provide because He has in the past.
In January 2017, I started a long-term subbing position and I found out that one of the teachers had just started a women’s Bible study that I ended up joining, loving and eventually felt called to share my testimony with the teachers. I also got asked by my church’s youth pastor to start being a youth group leader in January. I willingly joined and felt that God had opened such an awesome opportunity to connect to high school kids. In February, I attended the IF Gathering and felt God calling me to start a summer Bible study. So I got together once a week with girls from my youth group and a few other friends and had a Bible study. I used old life group study notes as my guide for leading it and I was able to share some things from Israel that I saw and learned as well. God was so faithful with multiple opportunities to grow in community and my faith.
So when I saw the retreat photos and wished that I was there, my thinking quickly turned to realize that God had used CM for 4.5 years in my life to give me the confidence, leadership, courage and the tools to go out into the world and live out my faith and share it with others. I wasn’t meant to stay in CM forever, but God was working in me while I was involved to prepare me for where He was calling me next.