Topsail, NC 2014 Summer Staff
A TEAMeffort summer consists of witnessing the work of God in your own life and the lives of others. Being a TEAMeffort staff member, I was consistently challenged and encouraged through interactions with fellow staff members/directors, campers, and homeowners. Throughout the summer, you are surrounded by others who pour into you spiritually, and you have the opportunity to share the gospel with youth and homeowners. I have realized the importance of praying consistently. TEAMeffort's motto 'Pray As You Go' is vital to survive a summer and life (1 Thess. 5:17). Practicing consistent prayer allows us to communicate with God and recognize opportunities to serve others. Thank you TEAMeffort for allowing me to meet amazing people who portray the love of Jesus and for pushing me out of my comfort zone!
New Orleans, LA Staff 2016 & Gatlinburg, TN Staff 2015
When I look back on the last couple of years, I can see that being a staff member with TEAMeffort Missions has definitely changed my life! Getting to know homeowners, my fellow staff members, and kids from around the country has had such an impact on me, and I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without these experiences I've had these last few summers! I became more sure of myself and more willing to step out of my comfort zone, as well as learning how to fully rely on God during tough and stressful situations. It was amazing to see God work in the youth groups that came during the summers, and how their faith helped the homeowners come to know Jesus. I wouldn't have believed it if somebody came up to me three years ago and told me I would be comfortable leading teenagers on a worksite or that I would lead worship in front of young people from around the country. My experiences with TEAMeffort are something I will always look back on with great joy, not only for the challenges, but also for the relationships I've made with youth groups, homeowners and my fellow staff members that will last a lifetime!
Jacksonville, FL Camp Director 2016; Tahlequah OK Staff 2015; Blue Knob PA Staff 2014
I've spent 3 summers with TEAMeffort Missions, and each summer has been the source of exponential spiritual growth. When I first began as a staffer three years ago, I worked with a staff that truly showed me what Christian community was all about - years later, they are still some of the most constant prayer partners and friends throughout my college career. As a staffer, I had the opportunity to meet groups from across the country, work with homeowners who captured my heart, and make life-long connections. I learned everything from construction to public speaking through my time with TE. I'm so grateful for the experience I had in each place I have served. As a staffer, you have the opportunity to connect directly with groups and serve them on-site and through chapel each night. As a director, you work with each of the staff members and do more behind-the-scenes coordination and camp organization. Both roles are incredibly rewarding and worthwhile. Take a chance - make your summer meaningful!
Blue Knob, PA Camp Director 2016
My Co-director and I met Leroy, a potential home owner the first week we were there. My heart immediately broke for him. He was a 70 year old Vietnam vet who did not appear to have anyone. However, I was really really intimidated by the amount of work that needed to be done at his house. However, we both felt led to go and obeyed the call. In the end, we built a fence for him, put down flooring in 3 rooms, and put drywall on a ceiling, among various other projects. We spent most of the summer there. God always, always provided the right groups with the right skills to get the job done. Leroy ended up bonding really well with everyone who went to his house. His spirits were lifted in obvious ways, and it all was just confirmation to the fact that God had called us to that home.
Golden Isles Staff 2016
Working on staff in Golden Isles, GA was such a moving experience. Only a few of the camps have a Vacation Bible School program and being able to lead one was so awesome. Every day for eight weeks I was with children who wanted to know the love of Jesus. Each day they would come running and smiling awaiting what God had in store. These children taught me more than I taught them and being able to share my story and the love of Christ with them all summer was truly amazing.
TEAMeffort Camper 2006-2011
Sautee Staff 2012
Copperhill Staff 2013
Sautee Camp Director 2014
One of the beautiful things about working at TEAMeffort missions is actually being on a worksite and getting the opportunity to work alongside different youth groups, all with the goal of serving our God by trying to improve the lives of the people we are serving. As staff we get really close to the home owners, especially if blessed with being on the same worksite for the entire summer. The home owners I had this past summer became my family and although I was there to serve them, my life was impacted and touched because of their love, kindness and gratitude. All the youth groups I was privileged to work with fell in love with the home owners as well, and some of the students and leaders keep in contact with them to this day. TEAMeffort allowed me to encounter and experience God in a way that brought forth a stronger passion to serve others and truly be the salt and light of this world. God moved in amazing ways, lives were transformed, and the joy of The Lord was evident. The relationships and friendships formed because of TEAMeffort will forever remain dear to me and will always remind me of why it is that I serve.
Tampa Camp Director 2010; Sautee Camp Director 2011; New Orleans Camp Director 2012; New Orleans/Tampa Camp Director 2013;
Gatlinburg Camp Director 2014; 2015 New Orleans Camp Director; & 2016 Copperhill Camp Director
I can honestly say TEAMeffort has changed my life. As a camper I gave my life to Christ and now being on staff has led me to some of the greatest moments in my life. The summer is hard, there's is no doubt about it; however as hard as it is, it's worth it. To see the change that can occur within a community, a staff, or a youth group is so rewarding. As a staff member you will learn more about yourself and will also grow in your faith. For the past three summers I've met some truly incredible people that are like family to me and I owe it all to God and TEAMeffort.
Puerto Rico Staff 2014, 2015
Puerto Rico 2015 As a TEAMeffort staff member, I grew in my walk with Christ more than I would have ever imagined in one summer. Being challenged physically and spiritually, I learned how to rely on God in difficult situations, and above all, how He is faithful and truly worthy of ALL of our praise. Working in Belgica, a neighborhood in Ponce, I worked with anywhere from ten to twenty campers a week, and one of the most rewarding parts of the summer was seeing how both the youth and homeowners became more and more receptive to each other over the course of each week. Despite the language barrier in some circumstances, the Holy Spirit was (and is) at work in the lives of these people. One homeowner was not very welcoming the first couple weeks (and in previous summers), but over the course of the week my group of youth decided to gift her with a hand-knitted quilt they had spent last year making. Without using many words (as the homeowner only spoke Spanish), they exchanged the gift with her, and received an emotional response full of JOY and LOVE. We are called to love everyone, and in doing so we are the hands and feet of Christ. Witnessing change each week is such a powerful thing, and makes all the hard work meaningful, as it is for the Lord's glory.
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