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Though TJ succesfully transitioned into young adulthood, he didn’t feel a sense of fulfillment when he got there. As he prayed through this season, he found a CEM business card on the floor of his car. Though TJ had visited CEM a couple of years prior, he resisted God’s invitation to internship. This time around, still disillusioned with life, TJ prayed that only if someone was to reach out to him regarding internship would he come. Two people contacted him in the same day.
Despite his initial resistance to God’s call, TJ is leaving CEM more impacted from the past eight months than he could have anticipated from such a short window of time.
“I’ve allowed God to use me in ways I wouldn’t have expected God to use me. I wasn’t just brought here to be a body; I was brought here to be a part of the body. I’ve been privileged to live with the people here.
I love the students. I love the interns. I love the staff. There hasn’t been a day here where I haven’t seen God move in some way. There hasn’t been a day when I’ve thought the sacrifice of my time was not worth it.”
*CEM’s annual 15-day backpacking trip serves as an opportunity for our students and interns to unplug from the responsibilities and distractions of daily life and experience the great outdoors. CEM has been leading wilderness backpacking trips since its inception over 40 years ago.
Our participants learned the importance of these phrases as they took turns ascending the rock face, some more than once. But rock climbing was only a small portion of their 15 day trip. On the first day of the trip, they completed some team initiatives that gave them a taste of what was ahead. During the remainder of the trip, our lean and mean group of eight learned the importance of communication, perseverance, and trust as they took turns navigating unfamiliar terrain to get to their camping spot each night. And though they unwittingly left their spice kit in their last resupply, they ate pretty well, too.
In my physical and emotional challenges, it was important to trust God and know that He wasn’t going to give up on me, so I shouldn’t give up on me either.