ALUMNI // CHRISTINA CALLEGARI: RETURN TO RED ROADS
I still remember it vividly, the first time I stepped off the plane and onto that runway. My heart racing in my chest as I walked towards that little airport. I had no idea what I was getting myself into at the time…no idea that my life would soon be forever changed. If only I had known then, that in four years I would return. One diploma, one world race, one job, one internship with the A21 campaign, one G42 Leadership Academy, and 30 countries later, I would be returning back to those red roads.
ALUMNI // PATTY REED: WHEN A DAY FEELS FLAT
Some days seem hollow.
In the midst of a life full of color and joy and the weirdest moments of laughter, there are also day that feel like this. Days that feel thin, instead of full. Days that contain just a few drips of water, instead of the overflow I’ve begun to enjoy as normal. Days that lay flat, instead of folding themselves into a swan. Sometimes, there are days where I simply can not make my mind latch onto anything of substance.
ALUMNI // MEG REEVE: FIND AN EXIT BUDDY
To the interns wandering around Mijas;
Though our paths didn’t cross, I guarantee we’ve sat in same places all over that white washed village. (My favorite seat in the epi was the one in the center section next to the pole closest to the office just FYI).
It doesn’t matter that we’ve never met, we are apart of the same tribe, the same family, we share something even without knowing each other’s names.
INTERN // LARISA ALEKSANDROV: DRINKING THE KOOL-AID
Sure, I can check off the “I grew up in a Christian family” box.
But that doesn’t quite encompass the Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, charismatic, Catholic, and Reformed influences that have shaped me. Over the years I’ve learned to recognize the beauty and truth in all those traditions.
And yet, even after all that exposure, I still came in suspicious of G42. Read more
This is the first time I’ve written since I’ve been in Spain. Many of you reading this probably are curious as to what it is I’ve been doing here. What have I been learning? What am I being taught? Have I sold myself to a cult and been brainwashed by a theory? Do I spend all of my time at the beach? Am I wasting my hard-earned money to be here (or yours) when I should have entered the “real world” of work and financial stability, and don’t forget marriage, when will that happen? Read more
ALUMNI // GLENALYN HUNT: THERE WILL BE DRAGONS
When I first moved to Memphis, Holy Spirit told me breakthrough comes in commitment. I said, “Yes to Memphis, yes to bread&wine, yes to actually deciding something is my inheritance. I will stick around to slay giants in the promised land.”
Four months and a hundred job applications later, with only two promising interviews that were rejections on the same sad January Monday, I was frustrated. I had no context for the why. I committed. Where is my breakthrough? Read more
INTERN // CHRISTINA KEHRES: CHRISTIANITY ISN’T ABOUT GOING TO HEAVEN
We had just started our trek through the Annapurna region of the Himalayas and I had been traveling for 8 months. Our schedules were scattered with fasting and prayer for the remaining members of my squad concerned with getting enough funding to stay on the field.
Thankfully, I had been fully funded for a couple months by this point but that didn’t stop fear from trying to creep in. While everyone was worried about going home too early I began to worry if I was going to make it home at all. I remember sitting in my little trekking cabin with my teammate and our Bibles thinking, “I can’t see the end of the road. The land I grew up in is starting to fade from my memory. What if I keep getting further and further away from it?” There’s a thing that happens when you travel from boarder crossing to boarder crossing that makes you question where you belong.
TEACHER // TED HANSON: IT IS TIME TO SHINE
As leaders in the body of Christ we set an example of people who walk in the light. This is not an example of people with a religious heart or attitude. It is simply allowing things in our life that need to be changed, to be changed. God doesn’t look to expose people’s sins for the sake of revealing sin. He wants the weak areas our lives to be made strong by the power of His grace at work in our lives.
STAFF // WHITNEY GORBETT: HOW JOSEPH BLESSED THE PRISON
It’s been a little while since I have written an update about what’s going on in the lives of the Gorbett’s. This past year as been so full, but so good.
The days here continuously stretch our hearts and minds pouring into this community. Every three months we gain more lives to mentor on a daily basis. We hear more broken stories: bad divorces, abortions, abuse and addictions. These kinds of pasts have occurred even in the lives least expected – Even at a Leadership Academy. Everyone is overcoming.
ALUMNI // PATTY REED: WHAT I HAVEN’T TOLD YOU ABOUT HOW I FELL IN LOVE IN SPAIN
Since I’ve been home, I’ve been asked a wide array of questions about the last six months. What did you learn? Are you glad you went? Do you feel any different? I’ve done my best to answer well, telling stories of the people and the classes and life in my little town. I’ve talked about the food and the beach, the cities and the weather. I’ve talked a little about what I plan to do next, some of my vision as I move forward, and changes that will be happening, but in all these questions and answers I’ve failed to talk about the most integral and transforming part of it all, the thing that made all the difference.
I’ve failed to tell you how I fell in love in Spain.