The last few weeks, our teams have been taking finals, buying headlamps and work pants, packing their suitcases, and saying goodbye to family and friends who they may not see for the next three months. Now they’re flying or driving to remote parts of the country, meeting new roommates, showing up for the job, and writing their first sermons.
This week and next, we have team members arriving at the ruggedly beautiful Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, at “the crown jewel of the continent” Glacier, in Yellowstone, along the flower-filled Blue Ridge Parkway, and in Maine’s coastal Acadia National Park. To borrow from Eugene Peterson, they are “moving into the neighborhood” of the national parks. They are hopeful, excited, anxious, maybe terrified, and prayerfully adjusting to these first few weeks of God’s new adventure for them!
Each Sunday from now through September, people from different states, countries, cultures, and faiths will gather in national parks across the country to worship with these ACMNP teams. And thousands of seasonal employees and residents will interact with team members throughout the summer.
To all these people, ACMNP is a ministry of hospitality. Of peace. Of breaking down walls and building up unity in the midst of so much natural beauty.
So this is our prayer for our young teams. Will you pray it with us? Will you consider joining the story of what God is doing in the parks?
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If you speak, you should do it as one who speaks the very words of God. If you serve, you should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 4:8-11