Greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee! I went with these five hilarious friends to recruit in the Volunteer state:

As an Oklahoma native, it’s been great to see what the Southeast is all about. And what can I tell you that I’ve learned? The Southeast REALLY is as pretty as everyone says it is. Cue pretty scenery.

Tennessee Road Trip

Part of what I love about recruiting is that we get to see and do a lot of fun things. When we arrived to Knoxville on Saturday, we got to go to what became an epic matchup between Tennessee and Georgia. What a nail-biter it was! Tennessee didn’t pull out the win…but valiant effort, Vols, valiant effort.

What is also awesome is travelling with these goofballs. I can’t remember a time when I laughed as much or as often as I have on this trip. I mean, just look at them:

Tennessee Recruiting Friends

Recruiting trips are always guaranteed to be fun and funny, but more importantly, we get to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We get to meet lots of people, hear their stories, discuss the Gospel, and tell people about the ministry that we are so whole-heartedly passionate about.

I read this Proverb today: “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (11:25).” I was struck by the idea that in working full time at camp, I have the practical opportunity every single day to refresh others. I work at a place that others come to literally be refreshed. How awesome it is that a huge part of my job is to give my life and my time and my efforts to others! What a tremendous honor and blessing to be used by God in this way.

Through conducting interviews, we got so many opportunities to refresh others. Sometimes this meant just simply listening to them. Other times that meant sharing the Gospel, or challenging them to dig deeper, or be more disciplined. Whatever it was, the Lord used us, and we are grateful. Today, go give your life away. It’s Biblical. It’s worth it.

Tennessee, it’s been real and I hope to see you again soon.

Oh, and of course, we made a video showing our sadness that this trip is coming to an end…