In 5 days I will be in my favorite place on earth: Epworth by the Sea at St. Simon's Island for FCA Leadership Camp. Last year around this time I was getting ready to go stay with Coach and Jessica for a few days before and to say I was freaking out would be the understatement of the year. I didn't know anyone there and felt entirely incapable of leading high school girls. By the end of the training weekend, all worries were gone. The other Huddle Leaders (that's what counselors are called at FCA camps) were some of the greatest people I had ever met and we were already having a blast. Monday afternoon Alice, Macie, Ann, Abby, Sydney, Beth, Megan, Hope, and Victoria made Huddle 8 the greatest huddle on the island. Huddle 8, we're more than good, we're great! right girls?! They made my first FCA experience one of the best weeks of my life. I was so blessed to be welcomed in as a part of these girls' lives and watch and pray with them as 7 of them committed their life to Christ, an experience that completely changed my life. Saying goodbye to them was so incredibly hard... But not as hard as saying goodbye to all of the Huddle Leaders, some of which were staying on the island for week 2. By the middle of the week I was already regretting my decision not to apply for week 2. I cried the entire way home because I just didn't want to leave and knew that I had to work both this year. It's hard to believe that was a year ago and soon I will be making the journey back. When I think about what it will be like, I think about these girls. I imagine our cabin. I see the pink bandanas hanging on the ends of their beds and the poster on the door with all of our names with their corresponding adjective from our get-to-know-you game on the first day. I think about all the late nights I spent sitting on a towel in the bathroom floor with a flashlight and a crying, hurting teenage girl. They were the greatest group of girls, and I am going to miss them so much, but I can't wait to see what God is going to do!
just for you, girls, because I know how much you loved it: "if you ain't gettin' focused whatcha doin' in here? L.O.G.'s (that's "ladies of God" for all of you non-FCAers) in the front, all the rest in the rear. all my front line soilders say it loud and clear, we're praising God up in here, we're praising God up in here"