We said farewell to Hilton Head a couple weeks ago, but neglected to share them with you here on the blog! So meet the (mostly girl) crowd of the Hilton Head teens:
They were crazy and fun and completely enjoyable to be with! But really it was pretty awesome to end our summer with people as sincere and in pursuit of Jesus as they are! Teens came to know the Lord for the first time, grew in their current walk with the Him and found encouragement for the next step in their journey whether it is college, high school or whatever!
Hilton Head, we are thankful for how God worked out your coming to us this summer and we are excited for the things He is doing in and through you! Keep letting Him color your world with His presence! Whisper Mountain loves you!
More pictures from their week can be found on our Facebook page or using their hashtag on instagram!
Author >> Cassi || Photo Creds: Tom, Kinsley, Cassi
Are you feeling the need for a little Awesomeness today?! Why, then, welcome Tom to Awesomeness Takes the Stage!
Tom is one of our GITs (Guide In Training) this summer! GITs have a lot of grunt work to see to, but they are also given opportunities to shine in their area of interest and talent!
For Tom that ended up being photography! He’s a pretty fun guy and is really natural at connecting with people! He did a super job helping to carry the workload of photography and making sure to GIT his other duties taken care of!
Although Tom knows how to have fun, I’ve seen a pretty great heart poured out from him all summer! He pays attention to people in a way that helps him to be caring and encouraging, He’s open to God’s work of leading and shaping him and allowing others to be used in that role as well, and Tom serves with a smile (or looks for a Tootsie Roll to help him make it through!)
Tom, thanks for choosing to spend your summer serving with us! Wouldn’t have been the same without you!
Author + Photo Creds >> Cassi
You guys know Chelsea Starr, right? (see her on the 2012, 2013 stages) Well, if you don’t know her, she’s on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!
Chelsea has served with us for so many years that when she decides she needs to move on, it’s gonna hurt kinda big — in the best of ways — because we love her so! She has grown from someone afraid to pray out loud with others to Lead Guide and shepherdess of many young women, speaking into their lives on a regular basis! Amazing what God can do with an open heart, right?
She spends her life pouring into others through intentional relationships. Her effect speaks to the intimate walk she has with Christ. She is so full of love! And joy! and really all the other fruit of the Spirit!
When she’s not giggling, listening to someone, praying with someone, or encouraging someone, she’s serving in whatever way is needed! With the best attitude. Always.
Okay, you’re thinking she’s perfect right?! No, she’s totally human. But Chelsea does walk a beautiful example of someone intimately acquainted with Jesus and living life on mission for Him!
You can read some of Chelsea’s encouraging posts on our blog here, here and here!
Also, did you know Cheslea is one of the founders of BIC Flawless? If you are female, you can find great encouragement visiting their site or following them on Instagram and/or Facebook. Here’s an interview I did with them last year so you can learn a bit more about them! (also, be looking for new #bicflawless apparel in our online store soon!)
Author >> Cassi || Photography >> Tom + Cassi
In trying to squeeze in the remaining staffers for this summer (because, well, I’m a slacker and waiting to the last minute!), please welcome Angelette to the Awesomeness Takes the Stage today!
Angelette (pronounced On-ge-lette) is one of those people that make you feel instantly at home with her. She’s very welcoming and friendly and treats you as if you’ve known her your whole life!
From the time her little bug rolled up our road, until we said goodbye to her (a little early), she has been a delight to have on our summer staff team!
Her love for adventure made her a go getter for whatever needed to get done, her open heart made her available to those who needed love and encouragement the most, and her fluency in Spanish allowed her to share the love of Jesus with a Spanish exchange student!
Her walk with Jesus if fairly new, but the road He has been redeeming for her is a beautiful one being used for His glory! We couldn’t be more thankful for the time, energy and heart she has invested in this summer at Whisper Mountain! We are excited for her as she begins the next chapter of life as a Spanish teacher!
We love you, Angelette! Thank you for following Jesus with us this summer and for loving others so well!
Author >> Cassi || Photo Creds >> Cassi + Kinsley
Hey, friends! Please allow me to bring up on the Awesomeness Takes the Stage stage…Aaron Carpenter…the Program Director Intern!Aaron, who is on track to be in full time camp ministry, was in need of an internship for college! We were praying for someone to help carry the program director load for this summer. God sent Aaron!
I believe it’s safe to say he’s been stretched to do things outside of his norm, having experienced camp at Whisper Mountain to look differently than his camp experience prior to us! But when God is preparing us for something, He tends to stretch us and grow us! And that’s what internships are all about right?!
Aaron is willing to be taught and directed, even though he possesses strong leadership qualities. This is important for any leader on the rise!
We are thankful for Aaron’s commitment to us this summer, for the ways he has helped to bring some relief in the program directorship this summer and for the ways he’s using his gifts and talents to help us Proclaim Christ this summer!
We are thankful for his experience in leading worship, leading camp, and adding theatrics when necessary (skits, etc –he’s really good!)!
Aaron, as you start heading toward a more permanent place in the camp ministry world, may you discover all God has for you and may He use you to bring His name glory! Thank you for serving with us this summer!
Last week we enjoyed four different groups and 2 international teens with us to form what we called #mixedcompanyatwm on Instagram! I was super impressed with how welcoming and interactive they were with each other throughout the week!
We saw God quietly woo hearts to Him throughout the week and were encouraged by those who made room for Him in their hearts! Here’s just a few pictures from their time with us!
Thank you for being with us this summer! May you continue to see God personally working in your lives!
There’s a few more pictures over on our Facebook page if you’re interested!
Author >> Cassi // Photo Creds >> Tom, Kinsley, Cassi
Last week we enjoyed a group from the Charlotte area! A group that was supposed to be small but that God grew into a filled up kinda week! Which is awesome for their youth ministry! (We like that too!)
Collision Youth Group spent their week talking about Pause, but they sure did enjoy fast + furious days/nights on site! Here are just a few phone pics from their time with us!
Thank you for coming this summer Collision teens and leaders! May God continue to work in your midst!
Photo Creds | Tom + Cassi
Our week with Calvary and the Robbinsville Locals was refreshing!
Building relationships with youth pastors and their campers is something special. The partnership of helping teens know God and make Him known, spread out over successive years, is one of the best ships that sails these open waters through life! And God is most definitely working in this group of people! Here are a few pictures from their week:
Thank you for joining us this summer Calvary + Locals! You are a delight…keep pursuing Jesus!
See a few more from their week on our instagram feed!
Author >> Cassi | Photo Creds: Tom + Cassi
A couple weeks ago we had part two of the Five Stones Crowd from the Charlotte Area (see part one here!)! They are a dynamic bunch of people!
These are just a few highlights from their week captured by the iPhone!
Much like their church’s first round of camp, they indulged in the crazy, fun and gross throughout the week! One thing that was kinda awesome was having a part of their group go finish a work project in our community that the Gateway Group wasn’t able to finish! Talk about the body of Christ pulling together! It’s a beautiful thing!
We saw nine people receive Christ, one a leader, another a spanish speaking foreign exchange student! Getting to see God work in such personal ways, intricately timing the crossing of certain paths and times just never gets old and serves to build our faith and trust in Him in greater ways! You guys, GOD IS INCREDIBLE! Dwell on that, would ya?!
We had a great week with you Fives Stones High Schoolers! Keep pursuing Christ!
See more on the Five Stones insta feed or the WM Insta feed!
Today you are in for a treat! Morgs-Morgs is on the stage today! The Awesomeness Takes the Stage, that is!
What began as a camper relationship has transformed into a Guide relationship with us at Whisper Mountain!
If you were to judge a book by its cover, you would decide Morgan is tall, quiet and beautiful! But behind that cover, if you’d spend time perusing the beautiful story that is Morgan, you’d come to know she has a knack for speaking deep truths into ordinary conversations quite unexpectedly and she graciously welcomes people into her moments, making them feel connected and at ease with her!
Like many quiet people, there’s a wild side to look out for! She knows how to pull out the cray-cray (in the best way) and get you laughing and joining in on all the fun! Which comes in handy here at camp!
I have really enjoyed watching Morgan jump into all that camp requires of her! Her team-player mentality helps strengthen us for sure, but it’s her willing and teachable heart that I most love to see in action! She’s all on board with what needs to be done, and always with a great attitude — because she’s just that awesome!
Whether she becomes the professor she’s contemplating becoming or the Lord leads her in a different direction, Morgan is sure to impact her corner of the world through the light she is bravely and more confidently learning to shine! She helps us reach new heights here at Whisper Mountain — ahahahaha! I had to put a cheesy height joke in there — because she doesn’t like that she’s so tall! And she can dish out the sass just as naturally! And because I love her!
We are thankful the Lord brought her to us this summer! We are glad you are part of the fam, Morgs!
Author >> Cassi || Photo Creds >> Tom + Cassi