Outpost this year was…incredible. I was a returning intern this year, and my thoughts behind re-applying were that, if God could change my life through this program last year, why not do it again? Well, He definitely came through.
At the time of my applying, and even now, I was in a state where I was not feeling any clear direction from God for where He wanted me to go in my life, thus the theme of my testimony for camp became “Waiting on the Lord.” I knew in my head that I should be content wherever God has placed me, but it was over the course of the summer that it really became true in my heart. God revealed to me that wherever I was in life, it was where He wanted me to be. I learned to accept His promise that He had a plan for me, and that it was a good plan, even if I didn’t know what that plan was yet. The verse I chose to include in my testimony was Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he will strengthen thine heart; wait I say, on the Lord.”
One of the biggest things I came away with from this Internship was the relationships I made with the other staff members. This year we had almost double the amount of camps and interns from the previous year. I am continually awed by the amazing people God has chosen to bring into my life. We fit together perfectly. We all had very individual personalities and most of us would qualify as “type A’s”, but as the summer went on, and we shared many experiences together, we got to know each other deeply and learned how to work together as a cohesive unit towards one goal and purpose. It was a true representation of becoming the “body of Christ”.
God truly changed my life through being an Artios Outpost Intern, and I grew in innumerable ways, not the least of which was closer to Him. For anyone perhaps interested in becoming an Outpost intern, I would recommend spending time in prayer (it can be hard work and a big commitment), but if you feel led, I promise you that it will be one of the best experiences of your life.
This summer I was given the opportunity to work as an intern through the Artios Outpost program. I first heard about Outpost from Noah Still, one of the other interns, who highly praised it and I thought I would give it a try. The experience stretched me physically, mentally, and emotionally in ways I didn’t think it could, but it also grew my walk with the Lord and relationships with the other staff members. I was privileged to work alongside Jack Sterner and John Lane in the film elective for the first three camps and then with the rest of the staff in musical theater for the last two. One of my favorite parts about the summer was the interaction between the staff. Whenever a problem arose, whenever things didn’t go as planned, or whenever we were going through something in our own personal lives, we were all there for one another. It was like an extended family who loved and cared for every one. I came out of this summer with stronger relationships with the entire team and really a whole new family at Outpost.
Another favorite part at every camp was just being with the kids and interacting with them throughout the day. On day two in our small groups we would talk about how we as human beings are made in the image of God and it was amazing to hear these young guys process through what that means. This was my first time teaching anything and it constantly blew me away how much I learned from them. Whether it was leading worship, teaching electives or small groups, or just playing games, it was a blessing to me to see these young girls and guys have so much fun in the arts and glorifying God. If you are thinking about applying to be an intern for Outpost, I would highly recommend it. The life lessons and relationships that you build will truly change you.
After being a part of the Outpost Internship Program for the past 3 years, I am continually blessed and amazed by all God teaches me along the journey. This summer was in many ways more challenging than others. We did more camps then we have ever done, and many were not close to home. Plans were changed left and right; flexibility definitely became the name of the game. Also, there were more members on the Outpost team than ever before. With all that said, looking back on the experience, the many challenges we faced throughout the summer definitely made the internship far more rewarding. There seemed to be an ongoing theme throughout this summer – each intern was learning, in a different way, that God’s plans for our lives is far better than our own, and we must learn to let go of always wanting things to go our own way. I can’t tell you how many times we each quoted Jeremiah 29:11 throughout this summer, and even within our personal testimonies.
Each and every year I am more blessed by the campers themselves at each location. I can’t express in words how rewarding it is to share with students the love of God through something I am so passionate about; the arts. The fact that each camp is only five days, and I come out having built meaningful and lasting relationships with students… utterly blows my mind. God is so good! At the end of almost every showcase I had tear filled eyes, both because I was so proud of how far the students had come, and also thinking of the goodbyes that were soon to be had. The relationships I’ve built through this program are some of the most cherished relationships I have, and I hope God will continue to bless me with many more in years to come.
My time spent in the Artios Outpost Internship has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. This was my second year with Outpost and was full of surprises! Even though I had already gone through the program once I still had much to learn and take away.
This year there were a few “themes” that kept popping up in our conversations and testimonies. One theme was: Have faith in God’s plan for your life, and not in your own plan. Another was: God doesn’t call you because you are equipped for the job, He equips you because He’s called you. And also: Flexibility is the name of the game! These lessons were very easy to hear, but a little harder to put into practice. The training this year was so awesome; the other interns and I spent many hours with the directors, John and Windy Lane and Fred Barret, planning, practicing, and laughing. It also required a lot of hard work, creating games, writing scripts, practicing skits, learning songs, etc., but it was a joy to work hard with such great directors like John, Windy, Fred and Mrs. Lori Lane while we were in Colorado.
The three-week trip we interns took to the beautiful state of Colorado was the highlight of the Internship for me. The leadership summit with the students from our sister schools was a great time of fellowship and worship. We rode horses, milked goats (the girls loved that), went rafting down the Arkansas River, hiked up a few mountains, one being 14,000 ft high. The Artios Outpost Internship has been one of the best choices I’ve made and I would encourage any Juniors and Seniors out there to give it a try. I cannot thank John and Windy enough for sharing so much with me and giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.
I went into the Artios Outpost Internship this year not having any idea what to expect, not having any plans, and totally out of my comfort zone. The best place to be for the Lord to work, and that he did! He placed me with the most amazing group of people to work with and having people with you everyday that have the same goal, “to Glorify God”, was such a blessing.
My favorite part of the Internship by far was small groups, which at the beginning of the summer was what I was most scared about. Getting out of the student position and into a teaching role, and not always knowing all the answers was so hard, but the best part, because it also caused me to grow, not just the students. The Artios Outpost Internship taught me so many things, but here are the top three that impacted me the most.
First, I was reminded of what the definition of hard work is. There is so much more to Outpost than just a 9am-3pm camp. Second, I was reminded of the heart I have for children and discipleship. The campers worked in me far more than I worked in them. And every day I left knowing more about the Bible and myself than when I came. And third, I was reminded of flexibility and leaving room for the Lord to work, which trust me is the hardest part. Sometimes I didn’t know what to expect or what to do or how to handle a situation and I had to learn to say “Ok God, help me Please!” It was for sure a lesson in humility and dependence on the Lord!
This Internship wasn’t easy, but it was the most impactful thing I have done my entire life. I loved every minute of it and I have come away a better Christian and a better person. I could not be more thankful for the wonderful summer this Internship has provided! Thank you John, Windy, and Fred for providing me with such a fantastic God filled summer and being such strong leaders! I strongly encourage anyone who is up for a challenge and ready for some adventures to apply for the 2013 Internship Program. I promise you will not regret it!
This summer was one of the best summers of my life. Being able to teach both musical theatre and film and video to the kids at Outpost has only added to my love for both those activities and the students themselves. The training experience was awesome. I felt like I had known the rest of the staff for years before this experience. It was amazing how quickly we all bonded and I know I have made really great kingdom relationships that will hopefully last a lifetime. The actual camp experience was one that included both hard work and a really fun time getting to play with the campers and watch them learn at unbelievable paces. Not only did the kids learn, but I, myself, received many great learning experiences on work ethic, film, leading worship, teamwork, as well as many other lessons. And lastly, Colorado was incredibly beautiful and breathtaking. Every time I looked out the window I was reminded of Gods incredible creativity!
When God told me to apply for the Artios Outpost Internship, I didn’t know what to expect. After praying, I decided to apply. I am extremely glad I did! When I got accepted for an internship, my life changed. I so loved spending time and working with the Lanes and my wonderful friends. My bond with them and love for them grew incredibly strong over the course of this summer. God stretched me in many ways, one of which was flexibility in planning. I had to be flexible and listen to His voice and His plans. It was very challenging, but I always love a good challenge. My relationship with God was strengthened during the summer. My faith in Him has definitely increased. Artios Outpost was everything I expected and more.
Colorado was simply amazing! I loved the adventures we had together as a group, and working with such amazing staff and students truly blessed me. Working with the kids at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club was an experience of a lifetime and I will forever treasure the love those kids poured out into each and every one of us interns. To have an opportunity to affect their lives and help them to come to know Jesus in new ways was so incredible. This internship reminded me time and time again why God calls us to be like children. To have a heart and mind open to instruction and ready to try whatever new thing God brings our way, is a beautiful gift. To be totally dependant on God and follow Him blindly wherever He goes, whether through trials or joy, pain or gladness, is something I learned anew. I learned as much from the students, as the students learned from me. I can’t thank God enough for honoring me with the ability and opportunity to teach His precious children.
This has been a life changing experience and if God calls you to apply for the internship, DO IT! I praise God that I ignored my inhibitions and applied even though it wasn’t in my plans. Outpost was everything I expected and more. This has been an unforgettable summer full of joyful challenges and growing in so many ways. If you do this program, you will be changed for the better!