The Finish Line
The signs are noticeable all over the park. The temperature is already beginning to drop. The leaves on the trees are falling to the ground. Fewer kids running around. School is starting. Summer is coming to a close. ACMNP only has two weeks of services left and the team in Yosemite has already lost several members to early college start dates. So what are we going to take from this summer in the park? What have we learned? How have we grown? Remember, it is important to reflect in order that we may understand how far we truly have come.
Early in the summer our team was pretty scattered. A few of us knew each other prior to arrival but we tended to stick in those groups. Probably because that was comfortable and familiar. We struggled through those first few weeks. Struggled to find our way around the park, get settled into our jobs, and to become accustomed to the surrounding culture. We felt lost and in need of a leader. Eventually we settled into a rhythm and things began to click for our services. Team members were enjoying success in relational ministry and we thought we were doing pretty well.
After Spencer visited, our team realized how far we had yet to come. He reminded us of some responsibility that we were still neglecting. We were still not truly one team, one body. We remained in our small groups, still neglecting to reach out to each other on the team. Many of us experienced some extremely difficult, dark, and lonely moments about this time, during mid-summer. We felt alone. We were frustrated by the demands of work and the ministry on top of simply trying to live contrary to the culture here. We needed someone to take action and God sent Spencer. Soon after his departure our team really came together. We began throwing our energy into investing in each other and the ministry God could do when we operate as one unit. Thank you, Spencer. And thanks to all who faithfully kept us in prayer during these times. God heard the cries of our earnest hearts, felt the desperation in our souls, and responded with compassion, showering his children with grace. Sometimes it takes a point of desperation to move us to where we need to be.
Goodbye for now and God Bless,
PS. Thanks to all who have read any or all of these entries. I hope you found them helpful in providing a glimpse into life in Yosemite and the ministry here. Furthermore, a special thank you to all who kept us in prayer this summer. We really appreciate the support and your prayers were answered. God showed up big time for our team when we needed it the most.
PPS. You may have heard about something called the Hantavirus here in Yosemite. Several cases of it have been reported and two people have died from the virus so far. Luckily it cannot be spread from person to person, but please continue to remember our team and those who live and work here in prayer as we continue to deal with this situation.