As I type this post, I am siting on the porch of the cabin I am staying at with some of the other female TL’s (Tribal Leaders), rightly named ‘Creekside’ seeing as how the front faces the creek that runs through the property, listening to Tenth Avenue North. And I have been here about a day already and I do not want to go back to Corpus anytime soon.
Unfortunately, in two days times, I will be completing the 3 hour and 45 minute drive back home. I wish I was staying through the summer out here because they do need a videographer and I was asked (am still being begged to reconsider), but with the promotion at work, I can’t quit then asked to be rehired just because this one summer gig is what I want to do.
Huh.. When I type that, it seems like worth quitting…
NO! BAD MIKAYLA!
Guys, I love my job at Schlitterbahn, don’t worry. I have amazing co-workers and one stellar boss. Besides more opportunities will come up, better ones maybe that involve traveling. Ones that'll come at the opportune moment and that’s when I’ll grab it. Besides, I don’t think I am in that right place to pack up and come out here for the entire summer yet. Maybe next summer…
Anyway! Back to the purpose of this post!
I first got connected to Still Water back in December via Carla and Ron McKee, who later both became city directors or something like that for Corpus. Basically, I had been wanting to go on some sort of trip/retreat whatever, and they said ‘Hey! There is a college retreat coming up with this cool group called Still Water… And it’s FREE.’ So I said “sure! Sounds like fun!”
Later, after having lunch with Carla and two other girls that I go to church with, she explained what exactly Still Water is, and that she thought we should apply at TLs. Again, I was all for it! So I applied, got accepted, and went to the retreat the first weekend of the new year, which I believe you can read about here. And I loved it. I met some awesome people, and fell more in love with serving Christ. February rolled around and it was time for W.O.W. (Weekend of Warriors), which you can read about here. And I knew I had found some sort of calling.
I fell in love with worshiping God and worshiping him with close friends, some I had just met that day. But I also fell in love with working with kids, teens, who either a) didn’t know Christ or b) Knew him but sometimes needed that extra momentum.
So I had waited patiently for school to be over, and for the chance to come out to Franklin Family Ranch for training to experience my first summer as a TL, and it has finally come! This property is so beautiful and I definitely feel God’s handiwork when I look at the landscape and even at the people here. I am surrounded by fellow Christians, my brothers and sisters and I can feel the love pouring out of them.
Now comes the challenge of waiting until my term in July to serve fully as a TL, and I could not be happier.
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."