This week, I've been overwhelmed by the people who choose to support what we do in Colorado at KIVU. I've literally taken calls from all over the world. Parents are saying things like, "You helped my kid know who they are and what they believe in." Staff e-mails started piling up touting a community of people like they've never seen before. One particular e-mail told a story of her University Religion class the the University.
Evidently there was an atheist professor at a large state school in Oklahoma who asked the class to do a paper on the most influential people in the student's development years. This particular student named Jamie Jo and I as her most influential mentors in life.
I'm telling you, if you've never read an e-mail like that before, it brings you to your knees in humility to think you can really have THAT kind of impact on someone's life.
One of the most recent e-mails I received from a former High School student was probably the biggest surprise I've heard in a long time.
Harry and Gabe came to the Colorado camp around 2005, and they quickly built a reputation of being AWESOME!! Funny, exciting, and willing to talk about any kind of issue; the boys were the type of teenagers that make the world a great place.
I got an e-mail from Harry this week and he told me he had graduated from the University, fell in love with an incredible lady, and was working on an engineering group that helped quadruple the amount of natural gas in Israel. "Andy, I'll never forget my time in Colorado, my crash course in Apologetics and Worldview, and how God met me there. My time in Colorado continues to influence the direction my life takes."
I just couldn't help but tear up and think, "Yep!! God, you do amazing things."
It's so fun to walk with teenagers who are trying to formulate their own life perspective while trying to navigate the hardest times in life.
It's a sacred honor to lead a University Staff who are also trying to polish off their goals in life as they are people who are longing to be something in the world.
And, it's such a privilege to walk with Fathers and Mothers to help lock arms and raise teenagers in their homes.
It's been a moving week for me, and I'd just like to shout out to all my friends who are saying so many wonderful things over the web.
If you'd like to learn about the community we are developing at KIVU, don't hesitate to jump over to our facebook community at http://www.facebook.com/campkivu; or you can see our newest alumni site at http://www.kivukonnect.com.
Thank you guys so much for making my life so special!! I'm honored to have been a part of yours to this point.