This past weekend I had the random and incredible blessing of traveling to my favorite place in the world: Beulah Beach. Through some favorable circumstances I was asked to go on a recruiting trip to Ohio as part of the admission’s teams efforts to promote for Nyack. Beulah and the college have close ties as they are both part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and there are many overlapping alumni, or former students, and staff. So as I was planning a quiet and boring weekend at my apartment that was quickly disrupted by the news of going away for the weekend. It was less than 24 hours later and we were loading up and heading to the beautiful state of Ohio in our rental car and trunk loaded with promotional material. After a beautiful drive with really great weather we arrived to the gorgeous, frozen tundra that is Beulah Beach in the winter time. We were greeted by many hugs and welcomes from the weekend staff who we had served with all summer long. A couple hours later and junior and senior high campers would arrive for a weekend of community, Christ, and tons of fun! The sessions were full of wild games, skits (which I even got to be a part of), sermons, and great times of worship. The staff served hard and fun and growth was experienced by all.
As I was there as part of the recruiting team we got to spend much time promoting Nyack College for these students from my home state. We did get to give a lot of Nyack merch away and tell all the kids to come, but it was the one on one conversations that we were able to have with students which was the most valuable. It made me reminiscent of when I was in their exact point of life and searching for what was next. We got to remind so many that God is in control of their futures, and to prayerfully consider Nyack as we could see it as a wonderful fit for them. During these talks with campers we lent encouragements to each other and reminders that God did bring me to Nyack specifically, and how blessed I have been because of that decision. It was a unique experience for me to have the opportunity to combine pretty much all of the things I love into one short weekend. It was honestly a giant blessing and I am very grateful to Nyack for giving the opportunity to have been a part of this trip.