To: My Wednesday Night Weirdos – #OpenLetterOctober

My Epic Weirdos,

Most of you know part of my story, but that’s just the surface of what led me to this ministry.

I was in a terrible place when I first started going to Epic. I had just moved back home and was looking for any reason to get out of the house, even if it was just to see some of my old friends for a few hours every Wednesday night. At this point, I felt like I was stuck in a hole that kept getting deeper as the days passed. Little did I know, going to Epic would be the first step that would help me to get out of my rut.

Leading up to my move back home, I distanced myself from church and from God because of all the unresolved anger I held onto so tightly. I was angry with God, but I was even more angry with myself for letting things happen the way they did. I never planned to go back to church or to become a leader in youth ministry, but that was a part of God’s plan for me.

Meeting and fellowshipping with all of you, leaders and students alike, changed my life for the better. Seeing what God was doing through all of you and how so many of you love and worship Him unashamed, made me realize that God was still working in my life – even though I was in the midst of what I only saw as bad situations.

Each time I see you all worship, each camp or other event I get to volunteer at, each time I hear you share your testimonies, each time I get to speak life into any of you, each time I see you pray for each other or speak life into each other, I’m reminded of how great our God is.

Over the past year, I’ve seen all of you grow in your faith and I couldn’t be more proud to say that I’m a part of this ministry. I am so blessed to have found a ministry that I can pour into, where I feel at home, and is filled with people who have become my family. I’m so excited to see what God will continue to do in this next generation.

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