“Starting a new ACMNP location was intimidating from the onset. As my departure date for Bullfrog, Utah, drew closer, I kept thinking to myself, “Can I really do this?”
“Sometimes it feels like Satan sits around and hurls the occasional rock at someone’s head to amuse himself. Other times it feels like he collects an entire barrel of rocks and hurls them in one calculated attack with the intent to break that person. None of the rocks have to be all that big, but…
I love these outside worship services in the forest that I’ve experienced throughout my 67 years, which have been too few, unfortunately. One feels more with God under a canopy with pine trees, birds singing, a slight breeze blowing through the pine needles, rather than a building roof. Of course if it’s raining and cold, it might be better to be inside a nice church. There were about eleven of us singing and listening that wonderful Sunday morning last June.
I worked at Yellowstone National Park the summer of 1985. It was one of the best summers of my life.
They say that the national parks are full of “extremes,” and Big Bend is nothing short of that. Spanning across eight hundred thousand acres of desert, the park is known for its stark diversity. What appear to be miles of dust, tumbled rock, and prickly pears, quickly morph into the lush, rain-receiving Chisos Mountains where local wildlife finds respite…
There is a change coming and we cannot wait to see what God is going to do here!
God moved through me, he provided my words and I followed where I felt led. This was the verse I read at Pretty Marsh with one of my best friends, ministry team mates, roommates and soul sister. We sat next to the still, salty ocean water, we cried and sat in stillness and He restored our souls.
Even now that we have all left Acadia, this verse intertwines through my life. Especially in the last three days….
“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” -Miriam Adeny
“It has been almost a month since the chilly, sunny morning I left Swiftcurrent. I’ve thought a lot about my summer since that day…
“After three months of living in a middle of nowhere desert town on the North Dakota/Montana border, working retail, exploring a national park, and serving God and growing in my faith through my ministry team, I have returned to the beautiful, grassy, green, state of Wisconsin, and I can say with 100% confidence that I am not the same person I was when I left here 100- some days ago...”
“The world is a playground. It is meant for us to jump off the swings, run up the slides, try to monkey bars, fall off skin our knees and get back up again. Immerse yourself, discover, dream and keep exploring.”
After just graduating from business school, I craved an experience that wasn’t numbers-related, that felt more real than the “real world” my professors had talked about. I didn’t want to think about climbing a career ladder or making a profit. I needed something meaningful and fun and real. And I knew I needed to get out of my comfort zone to get there.