Ellie has been coming to Greenville Campus Life Club since she was in 4th grade. Wait a minute, isn’t that club for students in 7th-12th? Yes it is. Ellie happens to be my youngest daughter. When I started the afterschool Campus Life Club in 2009 my older two girls were the right age, so we just brought Ellie along. After all, she couldn’t stay home alone yet! She jumped right in there participating in everything she could, much to the consternation of some of the HS boys. By the time she was in 7th and 8th grade, she was a real leader. In 9th and 10th grade she helped lead small groups and had a heart to listen to many girls who needed someone to talk to. I could count on her to stick close to the shy or needy girl when we went to our annual youth conference.
Ellie had been homeschooled all long, so Greenville Campus Life was a great place for her to walk out her faith among her peers. She learned how to express her faith in confidence, and her compassion in selflessness. I am blessed to have had all those years together in ministry. Last summer she worked as a day camp counselor at a Christian camp in Pennsylvania, and in the fall began college at Roberts Wesleyan College where she was chosen to be part of a Global Honors program, geared to make a difference in the world for Christ. I’m sure she will continue to serve God in big and small ways as God shows her where he wants her to go with her life. Growing up a “Youth for Christ Kid” gave her a hands-on experience of living as a Christian and reaching out to others in a lost world. God is good.