This month we wanted to highlight another story of one of our past leaders who through our Expedition, Leadership Experience and Remedy Leadership Institute has shown and reflected God's call on his life. Here is his story in his own words.
The summer before I went into the 10th grade, I made the decision to sign up a missions trip to Philadelphia that my youth group was going on. I had no expectations going into the week, however after the week my expectations were set high for how missions and evangelism can be done. I was stretched spiritually, and I gained an understanding of the fact that Jesus loved lost people and He wants us to love them also. This week was my first encounter with the One 18 Movement, and if left an impact. So much of an impact, that after I graduated high school, I decided without hesitation to intern with One 18 for the entire summer. I was once again stretched spiritually in this experience, however I also grew as a leader. I was given tasks in which I had to lead a group of students to achieve. This was my first step up the pipeline of leadership, and my next step was taken two summers later when I spend another summer with One 18 as a part of their summer leadership staff. What differed in this summer was that instead of leading students, I was leading leaders. I had to learn how to empower others to lead, which at first is a daunting task. The learning curve was grueling, but the reward was great as we saw teenagers, on fire for God, minister to people of all ages.