A Place In My Heart

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Erin as Care Leader for LOG #92 along with CoLeaders Ashley & Theresa and Spirit Leader Andrew.

Hey guys! My name is Erin Bendy, I recently graduated from Culver Community High School in Culver, IN, and my LOG participant was #85 (*clap*). I’ve also had the privilege of serving as the Care Leader for LOG #91 (*clap*). In the fall, I’ll be attending Valparaiso University and double-majoring in English and Secondary Education.

I came into the LOG program pretty late as a junior, but it was at a time I needed it the most. I was close to my breaking point at the end of my junior year. The excessive amount of schoolwork completely threw me for a loop. I stayed up too late finishing assignments, I cried constantly, and I was extremely unhappy. I began developing severe anxiety and depression that remained undiagnosed for a long time. I felt like I was everyone’s second choice. And worst of all, God stopped being a priority in my life without me even realizing it. I stopped attending the church I’d gone to since I was six years old to do homework I’d procrastinated, and because I felt like I didn’t fit in with the people there. I desperately needed someone to reach out to me.

That person ended up being my cousin, Josh. He invited me to attend LOG with him, and even though I wouldn’t know anybody since I live an hour away, I decided to try it to prepare myself for making new friends in college.

It’s hard to explain the roller coaster of emotions I felt during my participant weekend, but I can say that for the first time in a long time, I felt loved. I felt the love of about fifty strangers, and felt like I truly belonged somewhere. I felt God’s presence letting me know that all the obstacles He was placing in my life were apart of a bigger plan and that I was never alone. I felt overwhelmed with love and cried constantly throughout the weekend because I realized I finally had a place where I truly belonged.

That’s why I keep coming back. That’s why I make an hour drive for Team meetings each week. With every hug and every LOG song, I feel the same sense of purpose I felt during my participant weekend, and I want to help other participants feel the same way I did at mine. I’ve even been able to share this program with my younger sister, cousin, and my mom (as an adult leader), and we’ve grown closer as a result.

Before LOG, I let my own fears (and other people) dictate who I thought I should be. I molded myself to fit what I thought others expected me to be so I wouldn’t be left behind. I didn’t know anyone else who believed in God, so I hid my faith from them. But now I have a place to go where I won’t be judged and can be the person God has always wanted me to be. God has blessed me with a second family that will be there for me whenever I need them. I’m more confident and less shy when I’m at LOG. God called me to serve as a Care Leader to show me how I’m capable of leading.

Each weekend I’ve attended has had a theme that was what I needed to hear at that time. Because of God, I have been Drawn to Redemption, Brought Back time and time again, and Set Free of my burdens. As I approach my final LOG weekend (#92 at Bashor), I know I will be Standing in God’s Love wherever I go. Without this foundation, I don’t think I could survive college next year. And even though I’m sad to be parting from LOG and all the friends I’ve made, LOG will always have a place in my heart.

 

Nelson’s Chicken Fundraiser
Saturday, June 17
10:30am – 1:30pm or 11:30am – 2:30pm

We need LOTS of people to make this event successful.  Please offer to serve for one of the shifts (or both!) and help us raise $1500+ in support of LOG.

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Agape for LOG #92
Saturday, June 24
Set up begins at 6:45pm / Agape begins at 8:00pm

Come help us surround the new participants with the love of God.  I know it’s a 45 minute drive, but work out a carpool and come share the Agape love.  Note the time is earlier than a regular LOG.

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The Next Step: L•4•G #20
July 28-30, 2017 (note change of date)

L•4•G is the next step beyond a LOG weekend.

Saturday’s focus is on growing in your Love•4•God.  We experience God’s love for us in our LOG weekends.  L•4•G is when we try to learn how to love God back – through prayer, quiet times, Bible study etc.  This year, our leaders will be our very own McKevor (McKenna & Trevor Killion).

Sunday’s focus is on putting our love into action as we learn to Lead•4•God in our homes, schools, clubs, churches and friend groups.  This year’s leader will be Katie Mulligan who attended LOG #1 in California and until just recently led LOG in New Jersey.

PS from Terry – if you are currently a high school junior, take this piece of advice.  The things we learn and experience during L•4•G are not just important life lessons.  These are good tools for anyone who has hopes of serving as a CoLeader during their senior year.  Just saying …

Important dates – mark your calendars:
– June 17 – – Nelson’s Chicken Fundraiser
– June 23-25  – – LOG #92 at Bashor Home
– June 29 – July 2 – – SOS at Bethel College
– July 22 – – 20 Year LOG Reunion
– July 28-30 – – The Next Step: L•4•G #20 (please note change of date)

Check out the LOG Photo Page for photos from recent LOG team meetings.

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