I want to take this opportunity to share with you how blessed we are to have such amazing leaders. I can tell you that the character and commitment these young men and women have for Jesus is amazing. We have been fortunate to have these leaders stay and serve for years. People like Drew McMurry, Alison Sprague, and Sabrina Houser have been leading since 2009, and have proven themselves to be faithful to their calling to love and serve students. Then there are those who are professionals in their own fields who add depth to our team. For example, Jeremiah who is a PT, Emily Dunham and Ashli Kirk who are nurses...and are great to have on trips, by the way! Jess Ward who serves in the Coast Guard and Ryan Brown who is an Olympic hopeful for the pole vault. I can go on naming Scott Fillingame who works at Boeing and is at UW getting his Masters in Business, Christian Fillingame who started her own Doula business, and Mark Brown who is in Medical School.
All of our team bring a high level of maturity, leadership and friendship to our ministry. We are indeed blessed.
I would encourage you to find the time to say thank you to these leaders. Maybe even go so far as to invite them over for dinner. I remember having my small group leader over for dinner when I was a student. It changed my life forever. He became a part of our family in ways I can't even take the time to write. Thirty years later John is still my best guy friend. He was the best man in my wedding, there for all four girls' births, gives me sound financial advice, and more.
These adults who are investing into your kids are amazing!
We are blessed.