14 More Reasons Why You Should Become a FOCUS Missionary in 2014

So, you may have seen Chris’s post floating around the web with 14 pretty darn fantastic reasons why you should become a FOCUS missionary in 2014.  Since there is a plethora of reasons–way more than 14–why you should become a FOCUS missionary, I thought I could offer 14 more* because, why not?

Now, I know what some of you skeptics are thinking: Chris is a missionary; you are too, Jane.  You’ve both already “drank the FOCUS juice” so to speak so you obviously just want to brainwash us into thinking we should be missionaries (just like every other missionary I know who’s trying to convince me to join FOCUS staff).  

Well, of course in true Jane-fashion, I have a response to that: First, get over yourself.  (Just kidding…)  Second, would you want a list from an engineer of reasons why you should become a cosmetologist?  No, that’s silly.  You’d want a list of why you should become a cosmetologist…from a cosmetologist.  So, here’s your list of why to be a missionary…from a missionary.  Finally, I officially declare you ought not listen to those people who haven’t ever been a missionary tell you that us missionaries are crazy and you should never be a missionary… 🙂    

Without further ado I present:
14 More Reasons Why You Should Become a FOCUS Missionary in 2014

1. Say “good-bye” to that awkward mold you’ve been placed into and skip town.
It became known at my last job that I was one of the best people to go to when the copy machine broke or you needed to figure out how something logistically could work.  Maybe I don’t always want to press buttons on the copy machine until it starts working–you could do that too, you know!  Also, I was the “one who hates hugs.”  (Because used to hate hugs.)  How do you convince everyone who’s worked with you for a couple years that you don’t actually hate hugs that much anymore?  Answer: You don’t.  You pack your bags and skip town to a new exotic locale.

2. It’s the best job ever.
I can’t tell you enough times that being a missionary is the. best. job. ever.   I give you “Exhibit A” from a tweet I tweeted a couple weeks ago.  All the comments underneath are from, you guessed it, other missionaries who agree with me!

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3. MPD (a.k.a. Mission Partner Development…a.k.a. fundraising your salary) isn’t that bad.  In fact it’s pretty enjoyable.
A lot of people are held back from missionary work because the thought of fundraising your salary is too daunting. Yesterday a couple of Sisters from the School Sisters of Christ the King  were visiting campus and asked what the most surprising part of being a missionary has been.  My reply was, “Fundraising.  It’s crazy how easy it ended up being.”  I went on to discuss that, yes, I did have to work hard, but the Lord totally provided (surprise there, He did it again)!  It’s also a huge blessing and joy to share the mission of FOCUS with friends and family.  All this talk about fundraising leads me to point 4…

4. Want a raise? Okay, get one.**
So you can’t possibly be a missionary because you have a boatload of school loans and could never pay them back.  Or, you couldn’t do it because you’re just graduating and already married with a baby on the way.  If you need to raise an extra $1000 a month for all your ridiculously huge student loans, then you can!  Just go out and find more people to share the mission with and ask them to join your support team.  (I dare you to find me another job that allows that.  Imagine walking into your bosses office at your first “grown-up” job and asking for a raise right off the bat so you can afford your school loans.)

5. Attain mad-crazy skillz for future employment.
I give you some questions from the future (your first job interview after your time with FOCUS):
1) So, tell me about when you’ve had to be self-motivated in your work.  –Oh, if I wanted to get paid I had to find people to support me.
2) Do you have any experience in managing people? –Yeah, I had a “discipleship chain” which looked a bit like a family tree that I was in charge of–I had to make sure messages were communicated and making sure everything was copacetic in my “chain.”
3) Okay, do you have any sales experience?  –A little…Every week my teammates and I would go out on campus and walk up to random strangers and start conversations and try and get them to accept Jesus as the center of their lives and join a Bible study.
4) Good, how about public speaking? –Yeah, I mean I helped lead a few retreats and every month we had a gathering for everyone who was a student leader on campus and I had the opportunity to speak to a group of 50-100 a few times every year.
Need I go on?  I could.

6. Three words: New. Staff. Training.
Before I became a missionary I heard a lot of complaints from current missionaries about how much they didn’t like summer training.  What on earth were they talking about!?  Sure, it was exhausting and a lot of work.  But, it’s also the best training for young people in the New Evangelization in the U.S.  (or, more probably, the world).  And, it’s in Florida.  There’s a waterpark ON CAMPUS.  If you live anywhere near me (or, I suppose right now, anywhere in the U.S. besides Florida or the very bottom of the map) the thought of those hurricanes, heat and alligators in the canal behind the dorms is pretty. darn. appealing. right now.  I loved summer training and can hardly wait to go back!

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Your waterpark awaits!
(Pic from campavemaria.com.)

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Here’s my “college” (or small group) from New Staff Training!

7. You always have a place to stay.
So there’s a missionary from Philidelphia who’s serving in Missouri and she came up to North Dakota for a wedding last weekend.  When she went to visit some people in Grand Forks, she stayed with the missionaries.  Let me tell you… that’s not an uncommon occurrence!  (It doesn’t even matter if you know the missionaries you want to crash with!)

8.  The rest of your life can be totally purpose driven.
So we’re supposed to make disciples our whole lives.  After 2 summers (as well as continued formation and growth throughout 2 school years) of some of the best training in the business of Gospel sharing and making disciples you will know what you’re doing!  You won’t have to go Grad School, Law School, the workforce, etc. and be totally lost.  You’ll know just how to build a Bible study and lead your coworkers/classmates closer to Jesus.  It’s refreshing knowing what you’re doing.***

9. You can pretend you’re an expert blogger even though your mom is the only one who reads your blog.
I think it would be cool to have a blog that thousands of people check everyday to see what sort of wisdom you’ve posted that can inspire them.  That’s not what this blog is.  It’s more a way to keep in contact with my family and any mission partners and friends interested.  But, sometimes for fun I pretend that’s what this is!

10. You get to serve on a team.
You don’t go to summer training with hundreds of other missionaries and then get sent off somewhere by yourself to try and be a missionary.  Having a team for support is a good thing!  FOCUS also has other forms of accountability and encouragement–for example, everyone on staff has a mentor or accountability partner that they talk to every-other-week.  So, you’re not left alone on this fun, though frequently challenging, mission.

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Here’s my team. Team fun: Pictures with Santa.

11. Jesus probably wants you to.
Enough said there.  How could you say, “No, thanks.” to Jesus?

12. Live the adventure. Trust the way.
That’s the recruitment slogan for FOCUS.  Don’t you want an adventure to live?  I wanted an adventure, that’s why I became a missionary.  Last year, a missionary said to me that so many people want to be a missionary (or work for the Church) after graduation because they want to “give back.”  And, while that’s good, the reason people should want to be missionaries is because it’s a great adventure.  Now I know from personal experience, it is!

13. Infinite wedding invites…who doesn’t love a good party?
Join FOCUS staff and your friends will grow exponentially.  Between ages 24-26 the number of weddings you’re invited to grows from only-your-cousins-weddings to your-old-friends-from-high-school and maybe some college friends.  You just start getting older so you know more people getting married.  But, then you become a missionary.  Not only do you meet a ton of people who are also missionaries****, you go to a campus and form close friendships with a bunch of students on campus.  Let’s just say every day in FOCUS is a day closer to many more epic weddings.

14.There is no juice.
Yeah, can you believe it?  There isn’t actually any “juice” they make you drink to love the mission of FOCUS.  I realized that during our last class at New Staff Training last July.  The speaker was talking about staff retention (among other things) and my friend Mary leaned over and wrote, “Where else would we go?” on my notebook.  She meant, “We have the best job ever.  Why would we leave FOCUS?  I can’t imagine another place I’d rather work!”  So, happily there is no juice, just a bunch of young Catholics on fire to share their faith with students all over America!

Now that you’ve read the list, head to the website to apply!

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*If you read Chris’s list and cross-check you may, admittedly, find some some doubles (or almost doubles).  If you think that’s a copout because I couldn’t come up with 14 unique reasons to become a mish, you’re wrong.  Challenge me to it and I can give you plenty more unique reasons.  I just thought some of his reasons were so legit they were worth mentioning again.

**All the “raise” business is, of course, within reason.  There are salary caps and the like.  But, FOCUS does a good job of teaching responsibility with money (Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover is actually on the first-year reading list)!  I don’t mean to imply that FOCUS encourages greediness or selfishness with money…cause, of course, they don’t!

***Obviously there will be challenges in navigating a new situation like Med School or your new job.  But, let’s just say you’re better trained than a large majority of other young Christians who want to share their faith with their classmates/coworkers.

****Don’t worry, if you become a missionary you’re not obligated to invite the hundreds of other missionaries to your wedding.  But, you will certainly develop close friendships with plenty of other missionaries that you’ll want to invite to your wedding!

Mark My Words: I’m Beginning To Like The Cold.

So, to catch up those of you who haven’t been outside in days, don’t watch the news, haven’t been on Facebook in forever or haven’t sent your carrier pigeon outside only for it to never return because it froze to death…it is really darn cold outside.

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This is, quite frankly, what everyone all over the world (err…midwest) has been saying lately.

It’s been said that this is Fargo’s worst winter in 15 years.* Word on the globally-warmed-street is that prior to the onset of the polar bear’s greatest problem 15-or-so years-ago all Fargo winters were like this.  Let’s just say that whether or not you believe global warming is a thing, we can ALL agree to agree that you wouldn’t want to be living in Fargo back then.  (Did they even have electricity here back in the early 90s?)  I kid.

But anyway, believe it or not, the arctic temperatures are starting to grow on me.  Yes, I still sometimes say a naughty word when I turn that corner by the Administrative Building on my way to the union and enter the “wind tunnel” that rivals the wind tunnels on State Street and East Campus Mall in Madison.  Yes, last week I said to Bryan and TJ, “I don’t believe people actually willingly choose to live in Fargo.”  Yes, I spend as little time outside as possible.  But, the cold.  It’s finally okay.  Here’s the top 5 reasons why I’ve changed my outlook from hatred to toleration to a little bit of affection:

1) Solidarity, sista!
I think the fact that my beloved Wisconsin is feeling the arctic chills that I’ve been “enjoying” consistently since early December has comforted me.  Dear friends and family in Wisconsin, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for suffering with me.

2) Winning the “mental game”…and hope for sunnier days!
You know how you walk somewhere during weather that makes you think you definitely got frostbite on your nose…and probably your ears too?  But, then, 2-3 hours later you thaw and you give yourself that pep-talk: “Okay. It wasn’t that bad.  I can walk home…orrrrr I’ll just change my plans and stay at the Newman Center/Union/etc. until tomorrow when I have to be back there.”  Well, you have to leave.  Unions close.  Our office’s heat gets turned way down.  People want you to go home sometimes to, you know, shower and put clean clothes on and stuff.

Anyway, when you build up the courage to trek back to that sweet little white house you live in and you make it home for the night knowing you will not have to leave for (insert number of) hours!!!  As you can imagine all those pep talks, all those days you’re certain you’ll wind up passed out halfway home because it’s just too cold to take another step, all that time you spend adding up the minimum number of seconds you have to be outside that day… Well, it makes you stronger.  Everyday you survive is more confidence in that little brain of yours that you can, just maybe, do it again.  Plus, everyday survived is one day closer to that sweet relief named April. Or May.

3) Those sweet kids here in Fargs.
I may or may not offend some Badgers with this one.  Now, let it be known that I spend a good chunk of time on weather.com comparing temperatures between Fargo, Wisconsin Rapids, Madison and Singapore.  It’s usually a bit colder and windier here (discluding SingSing where’s its just around 100 degrees warmer everyday).  I’ve also realized that I’m the. only. one. here. who. complains. about. the. weather.  Before reading on, bear in mind that those in Madison are, generally, more outspoken and opinionated than the sweet NoDak dwellers.  But, I’ve got to tell you, lots of people on my Facebook that go to school in the great Dairy State are whining just like me:  “Why do we have school?”  “We’re all going to literally die.”  “I can’t believe they haven’t canceled school.  I’m not going to my classes.”  “Yeah, make me go outside.  I’d like to see you try.”  Anyway, for some reason no one does that here.  They’re all like, “Oh, you postponed the talent show until tomorrow night because of the frigid temperatures?  Well, I’ll stop by the Newman Center tonight anyway, even though I could safely stay in my cosy house the rest of the night.”  Or there’s that student I saw who I saw as I was approaching the union that said, “Isn’t it just great out here!”  Now, she was a little sarcastic, but was certainly not whining and I think she might have even been enjoying the weather.  Oh, and I found out when I arrived at the union that the day before she had a fever of 103 and, you know, has bronchitis.  What. The. Heck.  Anyway, they all seem to like it here (or at least aren’t vocally or Facebook-ily stating their pure hatred of the weather) so I thought I could give it a try.  Thanks to all those whiners in Madison for helping me realize this…it wasn’t until your complaints that I realized I wasn’t hearing any from the people who live here…and I was probably annoying the crap out of everyone here! 🙂

4) I know I’m alive
Last year, one of my current teammates (who was placed here in Fargo last year) decided to walk the 10 (15?) minutes home when it was -20 degrees…without a hat.  Don’t worry T.J., I won’t tell anyone it was you.  Anyway, he said he did it because he wanted to really know what it was like to be cold.  While I (or anyone, probably) wouldn’t condone his behavior, it’s kind of nice to be that cold because you just know you’re alive.

5) I’m not made for this world
The best reason I came up with for beginning to enjoy this weather is that it reminds me that I’m made for heaven.  Obviously these severe temperatures are a result of the fall (my opinion…not dogma).  I don’t believe the All-Loving God that our Creator is would willingly subject people to this brutality in the Garden of Eden.  So, when I’m outside I just replay one simple sentence in my head while I take purposeful and eager steps toward my destination: Someday I will be in heaven and will never have to suffer negative temperatures again. 

***BONUS NUMBER 6***
6) I haven’t been sick in
forever.
Usually I’m pretty consistently sick.  You know, a cold every month.  But, I haven’t been sick since September.  I attribute that solely to the fact that nothing–not even germs or bacteria or whatever else might make you sick–can survive in Fargo.**

I’d like to wrap this post up with a toast:

To Canada and everyone from the pre-turn-the-thermostat-up-to-70-whenever-you-want days, I commend you for somehow surviving.  My hat is tipped to thee.

 

 

*How official is that information?  Well, the volunteer coordinator at the Great Plains Food Bank that I went to with a bunch of students on Saturday to work at told us this info.  She is a young twenty-something who moved to Fargo in May after living most of her life in some tropic location…Florida, I think?  Anyway, you can trust my source…she has sooo much experience with Fargo winters.  (Actually, after she said that, many native Fargoans (Fargoians? Fargans? Fargonites?…) corroborated.

**Yes, I know that’s not exactly science.  In fact, all of my teammates have been sick in the past week and a half.  Here’s hoping that if I just believe hard enough the cold will continue to kill anything that threatens my health.

People Be Cray Here!

And by that title I mean people are going crazy here!

The temps hit 30 degrees and jackets are staying on the coat rack while people hit the town.

I’m not even kidding.  BLT (Beloved Leader of the Team) decided to skip the coat.  He regretted it on the way into the restaurant for brunch after Mass.  For some reason (Kelsey’s boyfriend explained it, but I didn’t listen) the warmest part of the day here is the early morning.  It gets colder around noon.  Weird.

This afternoon, I went to Hornbacher’s (grocery store) and there was a woman wearing a short sleeve t-shirt.  What?!  She’s cray!

I do have to admit I wore a spring coat instead of my it’s-twenty-below-wool-coat.  It was refreshing.

I’m off to make a carrot cake for Kelsey’s birthday, which is tomorrow!

If I Die Young…EDIT

**CHECK THE BOTTOM OF THE POST FOR AN 8:00PM EDIT (originally posted at 2:30pm)!**

…bury me in satin, lay me down on a bed of roses.  (Sorry sidetracked…)

But, there’s a chance I may die young.  Apparently if I do anything tomorrow:

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You’ll notice, of course, the part highlighted in gray that says, “THIS WILL BE A LIFE THREATENING BLIZZARD…” Followed immediately by, “TRAVEL ON THURSDAY WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES.”

I mean, I know that blizzards are bad to travel in.  But, really…  I feel like the National Weather Service pointing out that it will be “impossible” to travel will make ever 17-year-old boy hop in his car and prove the NWS wrong.*

Also, the kicker?  Hoping Bryan would contradict my thoughts, I asked him if he thinks we’ll have a snow day tomorrow.**  He thinks probably not.  My thoughts were confirmed and now I look like this:

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sad.

But, I still have hope. #hereshopingforasnowday

On a more important note, don’t forget to pray for those who have nowhere warm to stay during this hellish-cold winter!  And, do what you can to help them find shelter, food, etc!  After all, sheltering the homeless is a spiritual work of mercy!  Check out this site to find a place that’s maybe looking for volunteers.  Or, you can always find a food pantry, Dorothy Day House***, pregnancy help center, etc. to spend some time at this winter making sure the corporal needs of those less fortunate than you are met!

Also, don’t worry, mom, I have to plans of taking the Avenger (my car) out of the garage.  I won’t defy the NWS’s requests.

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*Maybe that won’t happen in North Dakota…I think most 17-year old boys here are “on the straight and narrow” as they say.  But, back where I come from…

**Not that I need a snow day.  After all, we just started working for the semester yesterday, but there’s just something about a snow day…

***Shoutout to the Dorothy Day House.  If anyone at NDSU is looking to get involved there, contact Kelsey because she’s looking into volunteering there!  (Or, shoot me a message and I’ll pass it onto Kelsey.)

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UPDATE:

I just finished Bible study and it ended with me all like this:

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Right after Bible study ended Jenna announced: “NDSU campus will be closed all day Thursday.”  My dreams came true: Bryan was wrong AND there’s a snow day tomorrow!  (Just kidding that one of my dreams is for Bryan to be wrong!)  So, if the blizzard is as bad as the NWS threatens, we’ll have a movie day with whoever is brave enough (or lives close enough to walk).  If it’s a false alarm, maybe we’ll go sledding!  Here’s to endless possibilities and staying up late because it’s a snow day!

Longbourn: A Book Review

As you know I got back from Dallas a few days ago.  It didn’t make enough sense to spend a day driving back to Wisco and a day driving back here to Fargs.  So, I decided to just hunker down here and hang out until I had to report for duty on Tuesday morning.  Want to know where I spent most of my time this week?

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I call it, The Book Nook

There’s nothing like curling up next to a fireplace (or, in this particular situation, a candle) and reading all day…or week!

Which leads me to this post.  I finished my first book of 2014 (and then my second, but more on that later), Longbourn.

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Topic: You know the Bennet family of Longbourn estate, don’t you?!  Of course, I’m talking about the Bennet’s of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  In this book, Jo Baker, delivers the story from the perspective of the servants who spend their lives in the kitchen and back stairwells of Longbourn estate.

Plot: The main character is a girl named Sarah.  She was orphaned young and Mrs. Hill (the main housekeeper and only servant mentioned by name in Pride and Predjuice) took her into Longbourn to help tend to the chores.  The book is mainly about Sarah’s love interests with many twists and turns.

My Thoughts: The idea was so, so great and I was totally excited about the book!  It turns out, in the words of my sister who also recently read the book, “I think [Baker], like the rest of the western world, is obsessed with sex…”  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  My interpretation was that the author is suggesting we are all animals and can’t control ourselves and the purpose of life is to have sex and maximize pleasure (sounds familiar…).  I think she is suggesting that the only reason the Bennet’s controlled their passions was because the world (or Hertfordshire) was watching.  I disagree.  I also think that though one may have few to no material possessions they are still capable of possessing morals and acting on more than their passions and whims…which I’m not so the book would suggest.

My Recommendation: Ah, Skip it.  This was probably a rather harsh review.  (oops!)  I really did like the idea of it!  I have read P&P more than once and never thought about the servants.  It’s good to remember that the world doesn’t revolve around us and there’s always more to the story (duh!), but I wish sweet Jo had left out all the totally inapropro (inappropriate) and unnecessary parts.  Everything I do/read doesn’t need to be Jesus-y, but I wouldn’t say this book drew me to the True, Good and Beautiful…and why would I want to do things that didn’t draw me towards the triple threat of True, Good and Beautiful!?  Answer: there is no correct answer.*

Quotes that made me think:
2) “Perhaps it was not an easy thing, to be so entirely happy.  Perhaps it was actually quite a fearful state to live in–the knowledge that one had achieved a complete success.”   Sarah thinks this in reference to Elizabeth getting everything she wants and being entirely happy (think Mr. Darcy, Pemberley, etc.).  I like that line.  It reminds me about my job.  Being a missionary is something that I (or, I’d argue, no one) will never master completely.  I will never be so entirely content and happy to think I’ve achieved complete success at mish life–or, if I am, I’m probably not doing my job right.

3) Upon seeing Pemberley (a huge estate belonging to the infamous Mr. Darcy) Sarah thinks, “t was so extraordinary: how did it all start, property and wealth and beauty like that?  Who staked out a fence, strung out lines and said, This is my land and nobody else’s; these fields are mine, these woods are mine; this water, reflecting the white moon, is mine; and all the fish that swim in the water are mine; and all the birds that fly and roost in the woods are mine; and the very air is mine while it moves over my land; and all of this will be mine, and after I am gone, it will be my son’s ; and it will never leave our hands, not while there are still sons left to inherit it.  Because there was, there must have been a time before, when the fish swam and the fowl flew and were not anybody’s at all, and the world was young, when Adam and Eve staggered out of Eden all baffled and ashamed.”  Woah.  True that, Sarah, true that.

4) Near the end of the book: “And so Mary flourished and was happy in the warm glow of her mother’s attention.  And to be flourishing, and happy, was to be a good way towards being beautiful.  And being flourishing, and happy, and beautiful, was a good way towards being beloved.”  Yes, sometimes the world seems this way.  But take heart, we are more beloved than we can imagine…even in times when we aren’t flourishing, happy, or beautiful.  We are beloved by God simply because we are; because we exist.

*I’m not saying that I analyze everything I do to see if it somehow fits into the “Good, True, Beautiful” category.  I do relax, indulge in episodes of Psych, etc.  I just don’t like things that cloud my mind or are (even in part) anti-Good, True, Beautiful.  Capiche?

Student Leadership Summit 2014 (#SLS14)

Well, I’m fresh off the bus from Dallas, Texas.  We were down there for 5 days for FOCUS’s Student Leadership Summit, better known as SLS14.  It was 5 days of intense training for over 2,000 folks around the nation (students, the whole FOCUS staff and some FOCUS alumni).  It was so great!

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The training was, as promised, better than New Staff Training.*  First, everyone was split into a small group of 8-9 students and 2 missionaries.  The main chunk of every morning was spent in a “Training Session.”  2-3 students from each small group would attend a different Training Session.  The topics of these sessions were types of prayer, things specific to the mission of FOCUS, and how to lead a Bible study.

The afternoons were spent in “Power Sessions.”  We’d split into our small groups for these Power Sessions.    2-3 people from each small group went to a different “Training Session” that morning.  In the Power Sesh, those students taught the other students what they learned.

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The Power Sesh: 2000 Catholics teaching each other about evangelization

You may wonder why everyone didn’t just go to talks and hear about how to do everything from a “professional.”  But, that’s precisely the genius of SLS!  Instead of just getting taught and lectured at the whole week, the students got to practice what they learned!  They were taught something one morning, had some time to prepare to teach it to others, and then, that afternoon, they taught their small groups what they had learned!  When these students go back to campus they will not only be able to effectively lead a Bible study, but they will be able to effectively teach others how to lead a Bible study.

In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul says to Bishop Timothy, “And what you heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well.”  St. Paul doesn’t just tell St. Timothy to teach others or to go preach.  But, he says to teach others who can, in turn, teach others.  What a great idea, St. Paul!!  How much more quickly can we evangelize the whole world if we teach teachers how to teach (instead of simply teaching others)!

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Here’s group H2!! Students from Kentucky, Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida… (And Kait, a fellow mish who’s @ SDSU.)      And, in true Jane fashion, my eyes are nearly shut. Oh well, c’est la vie.

Anyway, the evenings were spent in keynote talks and entertainment.  The keynotes featured Chris Stefanik, Dr. Edward Sri, Curtis Martin, Pat Lencioni, Helen Alvare, and more.  They were rockin’!  The entertainment featured Matt Maher, the Dallas Comedy Club, L’Angelus and Marie Miller.

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Chris Stefanick, Day 1 keynote speaker.

But, the highlight for many was Adoration and Confession on Sunday night!  Adoration was just beautiful.  I don’t remember the estimated numbers but hundreds and hundreds of people received the Sacrament of Confession.  The line was twisted around and more popular than a Disney World attraction.  I was humbled to serve on the prayer team and pray over many young men and women that night.  It was a beautiful night and I know many people encountered the Lord that night.

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The top picture is the Confession line and the bottom is the Confession room. Pretty ridiculous!

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I wish there was a picture that could do justice to how beautiful Adoration. But you’ll have to trust me.

Three final thoughts:

1) Shoutout to all those people whose pictures I stole off of Twitter and Instagram for this post.  Thank you.

2) I have seriously the best job ever.

3) I’ll leave you with a tweet that one of the regional directors tweeted three hours ago that speaks to my experience at SLS:  “God captured my heart once again.  Thank you #SLS14”

For those of you at SLS14, what was your favorite part?

*New Staff Training (or NST) is the 5 weeks of training missionaries receive in happy Ave Maria, Florida every summer.