The summer of 2013 turned my life around completely. I thought I knew what I wanted, but I was so wrong. Coming into training for Outpost…I was terrified. I put my application in at the last second. I was so far from sure that this was what I wanted to do with my summer. However, I’ve never been one to run away from something a wee bit scary, so Jesus grabbed my hand and I dove in, head first, casting all of my fears upon Him. Let me tell you, when you do what God is calling you to do the reward is incredible and that is what I discovered this past summer. God turned me from a type B to a type A spiritual leader, gave me his eyes to see the little children (and the older 😉 ), He gave me new friendships and reignited old friendships that will last a life time, He showed me how a man and a woman can love each other like Christ loves us through John and Windy, he helped me conquer physical goals (like hiking mountains), and one of my personal favorites…He changed my career path from a self focused dream to a passion for spreading His light through what I love (theatre and people). But most importantly, He revealed himself to me in totally new and personal way that makes me want to jump up and down and scream His praises. Somehow, even through the difficulties, I experienced joy. Unexplainable joy. I could not have prayed for a better program than Artios Outpost to have been a part of. God is truly at the center. I would highly encourage anyone who is considering it to apply! You’ll make incredible memories (like people laughing at you when you’re sobbing during A Walk to Remember…wait, that’s just me). This summer I grew up and the Lord captured my heart and I am so satisfied in Him that I just want the same for all of you. The Lanes (all of them) will make you feel like you belong. It was truly the best summer of my life.