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Here's to 2019 - Desi Sweeney

Here's to 2019 - Desi Sweeney

My life changed over the past four days as I had the best experience of my entire life. we go into this camp with the #1 goal of sharing the Word with others, but it’s extra rewarding that we gain so much in the midst of the giving. 

I opened up the leadership camp application too many times without applying for it.
I applied, but didn’t think I was going to be able to go as we didn’t have enough campers signed up yet. God reminded me that I should always remember his plan and faithful promises as I received a phone call on Wednesday inviting me to be a huddle leader. I hopped in the car on Saturday morning with friends and a grateful heart. 

McDaniel fam rolled up to FCA Leadership Camp this week.
We met new brothers and sisters in Christ, we laughed, we sang, we cried, we worshipped, and we shared the Word with high schoolers. We were there to not only pour into each other, but pour into them. We ended 2018 praising the Lord in fellowship and we started 2019 praising the Lord in fellowship. After midnight, we gathered in circles and prayed and prayed and prayed. All weekend we sang. There is so much hope and reminder in a room full of singing youth who have their hands lifted to Heaven. We slept on church chairs, we barely slept at all, we stayed up late for hours for and through Christ acknowledging His power and His Word and His Message and submerging ourselves in fellowship and then went and learned line dances and laughed until we cried. We learned to let go of what we are gripping onto in order to make room to allow God to put more in our hands. We played sports a little too hard, we competed, we learned how to work for the Lord in all that we do, we shared testimonies and thoughts and we opened our Bibles: we all - staff, huddle leaders, campers - had our lives changed, and most importantly: we got to play a part in other followers (or even non-followers) stories and walks of faith. My huddle told me they learned to be positive in all circumstances in order to change perspective - which is a game changer. To be servant leaders, and to give glory to God for everything. 

God had been nudging me to seek out the FCA internship. I kept ignoring Him and listening to fear, even though I know my heart is in Him and in the FCA ministry.
This weekend, I opened my bible in a circle of girls and tried to give them as much of Jesus as I could. Growth multiples in communities or circles.
I solidified my passion for not only Him, but for this ministry and sharing his Word, even though I am new at this.
Yesterday, God allowed me to cross paths with two staff members who talked to me about the internship. They needed one more girl intern.
God couldn’t of made it any more obvious. I quickly became the newest FCA summer intern (Western Maryland) within minutes. I cannot wait to see how God uses me in that experience. 

God let’s us combine fun, competition, and fellowship. We get to learn about Him through sports, through songs, through experience, through study. I got to play soccer for hours this weekend, but I also got to spend time with like- minded Christians and become a missionary of his Truth, all in the same day, all in the same building. 

We have a platform. Leaders, athletes, followers of Christ. We learned to use our talents to speak of God’s victory. FCA unites us and changes our lives. This organization serves all. This organization glorifies Him. Let us be vessels. Let us be the salt and light.

-Desi Sweeney, McDaniel College

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