Young Life Assignment & Canyon Camp
|A few fantastic members of my A-Team|
|The Davis Gals & The Big Ball|
The Rest of JulyOnce Assignment finished on July 8, I spent a few days running around Oregon visiting friends and facilitating at teacher conferences. Every summer I say I don't want to do these anymore (I get SO NERVOUS), but every time I'm in the middle of presenting, I LOVE doing it!!! What a silly Marah I am.
|The Smith/Hemker Fam (and me & Jaelynn)|
Another short element of July was a 4-day fly-by trip to Canada to see Baba. Now this trip, while I'm glad I took it, was really difficult. Baba is 99, and his body is so frail. His mind is sharp, and he remembered me. I got to spend hours holding his hand and answering the same questions each day: what am I teaching, and am I married. He is my last living grandparent and my heart just aches for him to go be with Jesus. While that was challenging, I did get to have a short time to reconnect with a few of my friends in Calgary: Mike and Greg. Hurray for wings and laughter and books and music and Jesus and friendship.
Creekside Baby!!!The other BIG event from this summer was taking six 8th & 9th grade girls to Young Life's Creekside Camp. What a RIOT!!! These girls were SO MUCH FUN!!!! The camp property is incredible, and our assignment team was BEAST!!! Water slides, mud pits, glow-in-the-dark leader hunts, and the truth about Jesus made for one incredible week. Four of the six girls will be at Davis next year, and all six of the gals want to get together every week for "cabin time". Hmmmm..... we call that Campaigners in Young Life. :) I'm excited to see what God will do with these gals during their high school years, and I'm praying for wisdom on how to lead and love and disciple them.
The Fill-In Days
|My Little Tyler Joe|
In all of these endeavors, I am seeing the hand of Jesus' protection and provision for me. I've learned more about myself and about Him and am so thankful for His reminders to rest in His Presence and not freak out about the maybes in my life. Thanks to all my friends and family who have prayed me right through this summer! I have felt so carried and protected in many ways.
much love -- mj