What happened to summer? How is fall here already? As summer is coming to a close and with some leaves on the trees changing already, I can’t help but look back on the summer and think about all that has happened and how my life has been changed.
In the middle of June I had the opportunity to go to Sharptop Cove, a younglife camp in northern Georgia. This was a new experience for me and one with much learning. One significant experience happened in the middle of the week. Every leader and student was challenged to hike the mountain that our camp was in the middle of. I had the privilege of hiking up the mountain with a Keystone student. We talked most of the way, talking about life and encouraging each other to keep going. Once we reached the top of the hill, I was speechless. To stand in awe of God’s creation is one of my most favorite feelings. To simply look out and find that He takes such good care of His creation, and then again realize that He takes care of me even more than that is such a humbling feeling.
A few weeks later I had the privilege of going on the Keystone Student Serve Trip to the Dominican Republic. Here I found how blessed Keystone is to have such great students. Our students absolutely loved each and every child in the Dominican and displayed such joy in doing so. Even though it was terribly hot, each student usually had a child in their arms. They loved these children and loved every second they had with them. It was beautiful to see the connections they were making with the children and how they became a family with them. Seeing the growth in our students was such a joyous experience for me.
While the summer has been a busy one, the fall has great things in store for students at Keystone. I am excited to begin our fall Kick off in a few weeks and be able to see God move through our students this year.