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Daylynn, what are you doing this summer?

This year I am working at Summer Projects which is a spin off of a FOCUS mission trip. I work 40 hours a week at the YMCA in the Colorado Rockies, doing whatever the YMCA needs. We have Mass and adoration every day, and I receive spiritual direction and other faith formation.

How did you hear about this opportunity?

I heard through one of the FOCUS missionaries and Justin (a student who just graduated). I also had a friend who went here last year.

Why did you decide to use your summer in this way?

Emily Albert (a FOCUS missionary at ESU the past two years) showed me what it was like to disciple others and lead Bible studies. I wanted to learn how to do that and teach others when I go back to ESU.

What have you learned?

Where do I start? I've learned surrendering to the Lord and allowing Him to fill you up is the most important thing if you want to grow. I've also learned that vulnerability and availability is important to cultivating relationships in community.

What is your favorite part? 

My favorite part is learning how to balance a 40-hour work week with faith and friendships. It is a good stepping stone to the next phase in my life.

The hiking is pretty awesome, too!

*Photo caption: Daylynn (in the orange shirt) poses with a friend in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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