This is Anna, one of the Heaven fest 2012 Interns. Here is her story.
“It’s like clinging to the back of a speeding truck. I mean, when God moves…He moves.
I had summer 2012 planned out since last fall of 2011; a “Summer Project” trip through Campus Crusade for Christ. From November when I filled out the application until late January, I assumed I would be going to Charleston, South Carolina for ten weeks. So when my participation in the project fell through, it left me spinning around hoping for a stationary object I could re-focus myself on.
Despite the advice from some wonderful mentors to grieve and pray, I rushed my way into another “Godly’’ project. This time, I began to pour myself into a trip to Uganda through my church. Support letters were sent out within a week, and I had talked myself into feeling passionate about taking this huge leap of faith. Leaps of faith, especially the scary ones, are necessary for growth. You see, I’ve only been walking with the Lord for about sixteen months. I know that the rest of my life will be filled with pruning and growth, but I have total confidence that in these past sixteen months, the Lord has not just changed the temporary in my life, but the eternal.
This trip I was so set on to Uganda scared me so deeply, but my pride never would have let me fess up to that. I so badly wanted to prove myself to the religious community around me that I was willing to go on a trip I knew I wasn’t ready for. Always faithful, the Lord worked in the heart of my mission leader and showed her that someday this trip would be good for me, but that it was not the right season for it. He lead her to the conclusion I was too terrified to utter, and for the second time in two months, I was left with no idea how I was going to spend my summer.
Facebook, albeit a terrible time-waster, is what I can thank for my involvement with Heaven Fest. I had volunteered with Heaven Fest in 2011, and was truly touched by the vision.
That day sticks in my head for two reasons: it was unbelievably hot and the Holy Spirit grabbed my heart. For those of you who may not have attended the festival, at the end of the night they close down all the stages except for one. Un-named and backlit so you can’t see the musicians faces, the masses are lead in hours’ worth of worship in Jesus’ name. It was a ridiculously “juicy” experience (that’s for you, Dave Powers).
The Heaven Fest 2012 page put an ad up for internships, and that little whisper-voice we all like to ignore very distinctly said “Go. Run. All-in.” And since the day Jeanie Rhoades (festival director) e-mailed me offering the position, that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Thanks, Anna! We like that you volunteered last year and God hi-jacked you this year. -The Staff