Outpost this year was…incredible. I was a returning intern, 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.