Here’s a few pictures (and captions) that summarize our feelings at the end of our season in Allendale:
A Taste of Heaven (Rachel Verughese): “Restoration is not only focused on the restoring of our souls and spirituality, but also a restoring of creation, including the communities around us. Before this Summer I never thought the restoration of a community could be an expression of the Gospel.”
Broken, then Restored (Michael Zuch): “Through all of these experiences God showed me He wasn’t only restoring these communities, but He was also restoring my broken view of missions. More than anything, healthy change can only happen when you place Jesus at the center, and that is something that I continue to learn this summer.”
And if you want more special memories, check out these older posts, from previous interns in Allendale:
A lot of people (in Allendale and from out-of-town) have been asking us about Our Summer Plans. For the past couple of months, we have mostly told people:
- We WILL be doing something.
- We don’t know exactly what we will be doing.
Within past couple of weeks, our schedule has been shaping up. And we want to take this time to remind you that since we have no interns, we have space available for students, adults, and families to spend some time with us. If you (or someone you know) want to spend time in Allendale this summer, please leave a comment or contact us.
Ready to hear what we have going on? Ready to learn how you can be involved? Hold on to your hats!
This will be our third summer in Allendale. We’ve enjoyed the camps that we’ve led and supported, mostly because it has deepened our connection with children and families in this community. And the summer camps have even surprised us in a number of ways.
One of the biggest blessings have been the college interns that we’ve had serve alongside us. In 2011, Wes Johnson and Hannah Swoap were fantastic servant leaders in Allendale. Last summer, Joseph Berry, Greg Massullo, and Anna Marshall fit in their unique (yet equally) important niches.
Of course, Hannah and Anna became especially dear to us, as they lived with us from May – August. Even so, they were only two of the about twenty people who spent at least one night with us over the past couple of summers.
We’ve had five great college interns. This year we will have zero interns, and we hope to have lots of interns.
At the close of 2012, Joanna and I had been wondering, discussing, praying about, and receiving counsel regarding what’s next for us in Allendale. We’re thankful for all of you who supported us with encouragements, counsel, and prayers.
We are now three weeks into the year. And while we don’t have answers for
the entire even half of the year, we are excited about how many things are lining up for us, with regards to both jobs (what brings in the big bucks!) and ministries (unpaid).
This week, you’ll hear end-of-summer thoughts from the three interns. The order will be when they sent me their answers, which (you may notice) is exactly opposite of their introductory post. Today’s post is from Joseph Berry, but be sure to check out what Greg Massullo and Anna Marshall had to say.
Besides serving at our Elevate Summer Camp, Joseph was an intern at Fairfax Baptist Church (working with the youth), went on a mission trip with that church, volunteered at other summer programs for children, and helped with community improvement projects in Allendale.
This week, you’ll hear end-of-summer thoughts from the three interns. The order will be when they sent me their answers, which (you may notice) is exactly opposite of their introductory post. Today’s post is from Anna Marshall, but be sure to check out what Greg Massullo and Joseph Berry had to say.
Besides being a key leader and program developer at our Elevate Summer Camp (and see our Elevate Facebook page), Anna volunteered at other summer programs for children, built connections with teenagers and adults, and was a huge blessing to our family (she lived with us).
(Note: her original version of this post was 1296 words long. That’s a double-spaced, 5 page paper. Below you’ll find her edited version. What a good college student!)
This week, you’ll hear end-of-summer thoughts from the three college interns. The order of publishing will be when they sent me their answers, which (you may notice) is exactly opposite of their introductory post. Today’s post is from Greg Massullo, but be sure to check out what Anna Marshall and Joseph Berry had to say.
Besides helping out at our Elevate Summer Camp, Greg interned with Vision Ministries, volunteered at other summer programs for children, and built connections with local teenagers through playing basketball.