Two years ago, I sat in anxious anticipation… anticipation of what was to come from The Experience. As I prayed for God’s will to come amidst the expectancy, and I found myself diving deeper into His word, John 6:38 was spoken over me.
“I have come not to do my will but to do the will of He who SENT me.”
God was sending me out into a great adventure. An adventure that brought a lot of freedom. As I pray for everyone coming this summer, I pray that God is beginning to work on those chains that are holding you captive. God is sending YOU out on the greatest adventure. An adventure with Him.
As an Experience alumni, I’ll give you a lowdown of what to expect and what you need to bring. In preparing for this summer, the one thing I encourage you to do first and foremost is to be in diligent prayer. He has made a way for you to come to The Experience, so be prayerful about what your next steps need to be. I prayed a lot for the courage to be vulnerable.
Vulnerability is one of the most important things for a team to have with each other. It makes or it breaks your team. If you’re willing to go deep, the people alongside you will also be willing to take that leap of faith. You’ve raised a lot of money to be here this summer, and so I encourage you to lean on your team and the staff at Forge. We are all so for you it’s unbelievable. We’ve been praying for you daily, and for God to make a way for you to be here. We want to be a part of what God is doing, and we will push you to dive deeper. That’s the beauty of The Experience. If you fall your team will pick you up. But you have to be willing to be vulnerable to allow God into the parts of your heart that you’ve held so close for so long. I know that it does not seem like it now but I left The Experience with lifelong friends and I know that you will too.
As you prepare for this summer at Forge, I can tell you the things that I loved having, and the things I probably did not need. I loved having a million different pens and highlighters. I personally use a journaling Bible so I was able to take notes all over my Bible from that summer. Those notes I still have today and they still impact me. I did not have a hammock on my trip, but when I came home I immediately bought one. It is not a necessity but it was nice to have. If you’re a lover of cold water bring a hydroflask. I have three and I love all of them. As your arrival at Basecamp draws near, increase your water intake. Most of us do not come anywhere near the elevation that it is in Denver. I know you’ve heard this a million times but it will help you fight altitude sickness. I brought candy with me because I have quite the sweet tooth, but when you are at Basecamp Mama Klop will have snacks and delicious food all the time.
As an alum, I will leave you with one last word of wisdom. Be willing to break down the walls that you’ve had up for so long. Be willing to make friends, be willing to have hard conversations because on the other side of this summer you will be so thankful for all that God has done as a result.
The one thing I did not do, but I wish I would’ve was turn my phone off to be fully present in the summer. God has given you this gift to come out of your comfort zone. Your parents will be communicated with, your Instagram feed can wait, and ultimately God is inviting you into a deeper intimacy with Him, and I believe that sometimes a screen can get in the way of it.
Bravely go into the unknown. Bravely forgive. And Bravely let go.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I can’t wait to meet you, and see you in a few weeks Experience team! Get ready for God to do exceedingly more than you can even dream of. We love you, we’re praying for you and we are for you.
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