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2013 Intern Highlight – Katie O’Neal

2013 Intern Highlight – Katie O’Neal

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.

2012 Intern Highlight – Maegen Kelly

2012 Intern Highlight – Maegen Kelly
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 caused me to grow and 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 program has provided!