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This past weekend, Knoxville took 600+ people to Sharp Top Cove in Jasper Georgia. More than the camp had ever housed during weekend shenanigans! No one really anticipated school sign-ups blowing up like they did which resulted in cramming camp to … Continue reading

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May means celebration. May means sunshine. May means summer is here. Everyone is always happy to see May.

May also means you close up shop on alot of things. Sometimes permanently; sometimes just for a little while.

In this case, it’s “see-ya-in-August” to Young Life Club at the Ragsdale’s. It’s been such a blessing to have a place we could call “home” every Thursday night, rather than b-boppin’ from house-to-house each week. Becky Ragsdale is an angel. She never fails to have six different flavors of ice-cream to choose from for dessert…and for us indecisive folk, this is a blessing in and of itself! More than that, she opens her home to us each week in order that we might welcome kids from Webb in hopes of sharing the Gospel with them. No matter if there are fifteen or fifty kids there, that basement is always filled to the brim with laughter and absolute chaos…(unless we sing “Drops of Jupiter” and then the boys suddenly cooperate.) I’m so thankful for the way the Lord went before us and met us there each week. To top it all off, I am beyond thankful for my teammates that walk along side of me. They constantly blow me away with their encouragement, their wisdom, and their passion to share Life with students at Webb.

Last weekend, Young Life leaders from across Knoxville gathered together at Two Rivers Pavilion where we got to celebrate by playing and eating and praising the Lord for his endless faithfulness and provision this year.

our new leader, Katie!

the senior girls lookin’ fly.

babes

Oh prom pictures, you just gotta love ’em. On Saturday, I got to play “mom” and take pictures of some sophomore girls that went to Webb’s prom! It was so fun to be excited with them. They all were complete knock-outs! I definitely did not look that hott when I went to prom. Total babes, I tell ya. I love that they wanted me there with them. I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else!

Macy, Gabby, Mary Heyward, and Katherine posing with me…

Sweet Katherine was absolutely beautiful!

Babe-Alert: Gabby and her funny-boy date, Dillon.

Presenting: My fave high school couple… Katherine and Lewis

Macy hurt her foot playing volleyball, but was still wearing her high heels like a rock-star. Definitely a braver woman than I.

Love these girls alot alot.

And I’m extra pumped that Gabby and Mary Heyward will be going to Frontier with me at the end of May!

sharptop

This past weekend, West-Knoxville Young Life ventured to Sharptop Cove in Jasper, Georgia. After several weeks of gathering money and permission forms, 500 kids from Webb, Bearden (go dawgs), Farragut, Karns, West, CAK, and Hardin Valley hopped on a fleet of buses in the West Town Mall parking lot and we were off. Praise the Lord!

I’ve been to Sharptop and other Young Life camps multiple times since my Freshman year of highschool, but this was very different from every other trip. This was the first time I brought girls that I’m friends with from Webb: Mary Heyward, Gabby, Katherine, Kelly, Macy, Shelby, Emily, and Meg. I was able to spend the weekend with some girls that I’ve been praying for and getting to know over the past year. I loved every minute of it. I loved knowing that God went before us–He is previous. He is the one who is drawing people to himself. I loved the constant reminders that I am not in control–this is His story that he graciously invites me into. I loved falling for Jesus all over again as I saw girls starting to get a picture of the life that He offers.

all weekend, we laughed so hard…

we hugged each other…

we were adventurous…

we enjoyed beautiful weather…

we sang with Drew and Ellie…

we ate yummy food…

we played like little kids…

we danced like champs.

Praying that kids this past weekend got a glimpse of what being in relationship with the God of the universe looks like.

Ultimately, I want kids at Webb and all over Knoxville to know Jesus–to step into the abundant life that he graciously gives us. So this was my big prayer before camp and will continue to be my big-picture, beyond-me prayer…

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Shout out to Generous-Cheetah, Jessie Hoaglin, for letting me borrow her camera for the weekend!!