Limestone Campus Life

SO WORTH IT…

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This week has been crazy…in fact, finding time to sit down and write a letter is a challenge in the midst of all that is happening right now. September is always busy, but this week has been especially packed.

Monday was our high school Campus Life kickoff. Tuesday was our middle school kickoff. Wednesday was staff meeting and transformational leadership training. Thursday we had a fundraiser for Thomas Svymbersky, our Limestone Campus Life yearlong intern (I thank God for him!). And we haven’t even made it to Friday! The weekend ahead doesn’t show signs of relief. Oh yeah, and we have a 10-month-old at home and are trying to run a full-time wedding photography business. Needless to say, our days are packed.

I pride myself on time management and being able to balance life, work, and family- but this week has had me feeling a little overwhelmed. There are very few times in my life that I question whether or not the chaos of being in full-time ministry is worth it - but this week I’ve wondered.

That is, until today… today God gave me the exact reminder I needed in the form of a text from a former Campus Life student who is a junior in college. This out-of-the-blue text read…

 

“I just want to take a moment to thank both of you. If I would've never gone to Campus Life, I would not be where I am today in my relationship with Jesus. Without you guys reaching out to me for four years, I’d be so lost right now. I’ve started leader training with YoungLife at school here and I am just constantly reminded how much you guys did for me, that allowed me to end up here. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you have done for me and are doing for other kids. I am forever grateful for you both.” 

 

It’s things like this that remind me… it’s WORTH IT.

In Their Own Words

I want you to hear one of the many stories of life change that happen because of your prayers and financial support.  In the words of a former student, Elaine…

“I always heard about Campus Life around Limestone but I had no idea what it was. I think the first time I went was my sophomore year at the campfire at LeRoy's house. From then I just went randomly every now and then. I was very caught up in my own life and I failed to see that there was so much more to Campus Life. Around the end of my junior year, my boyfriend broke up with me and I found myself severely depressed and friendless. I ended up going to Campus Life more frequently. I eventually decided to go to camp that year as work crew and that was only the beginning of the beautiful relationship I formed with God. Campus Life provided for me an escape from the judgements and stress of high school. It was so easy for me to get lost in the social aspects of high school but Campus Life reminded me every week that high school is temporary and my relationship with God is forever. As a freshman in college now, I can say that I really believe I've reached a place where I feel solidified in my relationship with Jesus. Campus Life helped me to grow as a woman of God and the whole experience has changed the decisions I know I would have made in college if I did not have a strong foundation in Christ like I do now.”

Wow. Thank you. I want to invite you to hear more stories of life change on March 6th at our annual banquet. Mark your calendars- more info to come!


As 2015 ended, we told all who would listen, “YFC finances are behind”. We prayed and we asked for a generous December. And Then … It Happened. People gave a bunch. We finished our 1/2-year budget of $485,000 ahead by 2%. Thank You Friends. Thank You Jesus! We hope you will continue generously, because Jan-March income is typically lower than the rest of the year. Wow. That was big. Happy New Year!!!

- Dan L

 

Only the Beginning

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Smile if you love CL!

The summer has come to a close and the school year is here. At Campus Life, we are excited for what God has done.  Get this… In the last month and a half, 12 students involved in Campus Life in the Limestone area have given their lives to Christ.  TWELVE STUDENTS have made life-altering decisions in the last 45 days!  

Here’s the thing though… I am convinced this is only the beginning of what God is going to do this year through Campus Life. Before kick off we had a “work night” at the Rocket Room where we have club on Mondays. After the work was finished and all of the students had left, one student was still hanging around. He came to me with a question and a piece of paper in hand- the paper was one we use for leaders with a ‘statement of faith’ on it. 

Simple truths about God were written on the paper, but the student told me he just wasn’t sure about some of these statements. We sat down and talked through each of them. Thirty minutes later, we had talked through the Gospel and God’s amazing love for him. Aaron gave his life to Christ that night.

It’s just the beginning. God is moving. You are a part of this. Thanks for giving, praying, and being an advocate for this ministry. Don’t stop- step in, step up. God is using you, I promise. 


Donor-Friend-Advocate

The way I see it, you are one of these three things, at least when it comes to Campus Life. I’m so glad you’re involved, but I’m asking you to step up! If you are donor, become a friend. Call me up and let’s get lunch. If you’re a friend, share the story. Tell those in your life about Campus Life and see if they would like to start being a donor.  

Let the countdown begin!

 Jump Right In...

Jump Right In...

The countdown to YFC Camp has reached the point where we are less than two weeks from boarding buses and heading south! Students are excited, leaders are excited, and God is already at work changing the hearts and lives of those who show up at YFC Camp.

We are bringing 175 students and leaders from the Peoria area to Brevard, NC for a life-changing week. Once again, we have more students than ever before coming to camp. God is truly amazing.

Aside from zip-lining through the woods for three quarters of a mile, blobbing into a beautiful lake, and climbing to the top of an incredible mountain, students will hear about the redeeming love of Jesus and the plan He has for their life. This is good news. Oh yeah, and that is just high school camp. We’re also taking a crew of middle school students to SunStream Camp in Iowa for a similar week away.  

Will you pray for us? Leaders and students need your prayers. This is an emotionally heavy week where fears and scars from the past resurface - but the amazing thing is it’s also a week where those scars are healed by the overwhelming love of Christ.

God loves each student stepping into those buses and vans more than they could possibly imagine. Thank you for loving them as well.


We’re not done yet!

We have spent the summer raising money to help send students to camp who can’t afford it. We still have gaps that need filled to fully fund this trip. Would you consider giving a special gift to help us fill in some of those gaps. Your gift could mean a lifetime of difference for a student who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend YFC Camp. Thanks!

Wear a hole in it…

I was at a conference in Denver in January.  There was a young man leading worship music. His guitar had a hole worn through it (pictured above). I thought it was so interesting that I asked him about the guitar.  He said he saved up for it for a long time until he could finally afford it.  Then, he used that guitar to worship God. Over and over and over he played it - until there was a hole worn through it. Then, he kept playing.  You see, playing music is his God-given gift - and he is using that gift until he wears a hole in his expensive guitar.  

That is what God calls us to do - wear a hole in it.  If loving is your gift, love until you wear a hole in it - then love some more. If leading is your gift, lead until you wear a hole in it, then lead some more. If giving financially is your gift, give until you wear a hole in it - then give some more. 

On March 8th, nearly 150 Limestone Campus Life friends came together for a meal and an update on the ministry for our BEYOND Banquet.  It was an amazing night of fun and fellowship.  If you weren’t there, we missed you!

We heard how God is moving in the lives of teens and we challenged everyone in attendance to go BEYOND with their gifts.  2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God doesn’t want us to be shy with our gifts, but bold and loving.” While this banquet was a success - we are not done! Let’s go BEYOND.