Leadership Growth

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director

For some reason, I often find myself showing up at the right place at the right time. Or maybe the wrong place at the wrong time? (That would be the case if you were causing some mischief).  Perhaps this is God's guidance?  I would like to think so. It has certainly helped me as a leader. 

Saturday night was another one of these experiences. I was walking across camp looking for Marcus, expecting to find him in the Kitchen. As I entered the server lounge I quickly realized that something was going on. The students were gathered for a Bible Study and Marcus was leading it.  Not wanting to distract, I quickly turned to leave.  The students were insistent that I stay -- and who would deny a Bible Study. 

Marcus read from Joshua 1:7, "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go". He challenged the students to be courageous and make good decisions. He challenged them to avoid video games and TV.

Later that evening, Marcus shared with me how much he has grown since entering the program last year as a Junior in High School.  "I didn't do well my first two years of High School. When I was accepted into the program I knew I needed to change that. It took quite a while to turn it around, but I worked hard. I have learned a lot about leadership this year. Nate has really helped me develop as a Dining Room Host." 

And I have seen his growth. I read his Spiritual Growth Updates every month. Two years ago, Marcus was struggling to be in God's word. Now he is reading and being fed from the Word daily . . . consistently, and he is leading other 4.12 students. He has already agreed to serve as a  Senior Counselor this summer at Joy El.  

And Marcus is just one story of 100 this year! 

Nate is currently accepting applications for those who want to grow as leaders while serving as a Dining Room Host(es).  Ideally those who serve will be junior or seniors. Email him nate@joyel.org 

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