My primary job for the summer was to work with the youth group. I planned and led Bible study for them each week, took a group of youth to Centrifuge in upstate New York, and helped with Vacation Bible School. I loved the pastor and his wife and had a wonderful summer with the families of the church and getting a taste of what it was like to work in a church.
While at Centrifuge, the Lord was speaking to my heart as I anticipated my next two years of college, trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. These verses from Jeremiah 29 became special to me that summer:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
At the end of that summer, I was really feeling the Lord calling me to full-time Christian service, but I didn't know what it would look like. At that time, I thought maybe I was supposed to work with students. The church where I was serving "sent me off" at the end of the summer, praying for me and affirming the call that I felt the Lord leading me to. It was really special, too, since my dad was able to be there that Sunday.
I went back to Belmont and started my Junior year as a Communication Arts major. I think I started working with youth at my church and continued to live my college life, still wondering what all God had in store. The following two summers, I worked on staff at Centrifuge camps, which were awesome experiences and God continued to reinforce the calling I felt in 1987. By the time I was in my Senior year at Belmont, I was seriously considering going to seminary to pursue a Master's in Christian Education.