This summer was simple. This summer was abundant. We had everything from eating with no hands, lots of soccer, prayer, youth group, steubenville, and just sharing in ordinary life together. Most days weren't huge. They were simple, and consisted of just hanging out on the sidelines of the soccer field. I remember feeling frustrated during soccer and thinking I wasn't doing enough as I sat and tried to strike up conversations. These conversations were short and sometimes a little awkward, and I struggled to see see how this could be ministry. Yet there was something special in seeing someone almost every day and just sharing in life together. In kicking a soccer ball around, in hearing about their siblings, eating raspas, and creating random handshakes, we formed friendships. Most days were small, most days were simple, yet the relationships formed were special. This summer I've found that consistency matters. Consistency matters in our own lives and in the lives of others. Consistency matters in prayer. The Father's love is constant. Let us also be constant. #lifeofjoy

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adminThis summer was simple. This summer was abundant. We had everything from eating with no hands, lots of soccer, prayer, youth group, steubenville, and just sharing in ordinary life together. Most days weren't huge. They were simple, and consisted of just hanging out on the sidelines of the soccer field. I remember feeling frustrated during soccer and thinking I wasn't doing enough as I sat and tried to strike up conversations. These conversations were short and sometimes a little awkward, and I struggled to see see how this could be ministry. Yet there was something special in seeing someone almost every day and just sharing in life together. In kicking a soccer ball around, in hearing about their siblings, eating raspas, and creating random handshakes, we formed friendships. Most days were small, most days were simple, yet the relationships formed were special. This summer I've found that consistency matters. Consistency matters in our own lives and in the lives of others. Consistency matters in prayer. The Father's love is constant. Let us also be constant. #lifeofjoy

Are you apart of an organization that would be a beneficial resource to young adults? Looking for solid candidates to fill a job opening at your company? We'd love to have you at @encounterhou! Email info@encounterhouston.com for sponsorship opportunities.

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adminAre you apart of an organization that would be a beneficial resource to young adults? Looking for solid candidates to fill a job opening at your company? We'd love to have you at @encounterhou! Email info@encounterhouston.com for sponsorship opportunities.

Today I spent the day riding roller coasters with teens, being made fun of on said roller coasters, and hanging out on the beach. It was a day full of community, joy, and laughter. I can't imagine a better way to start wrapping up the summer with these wild teens in this #lifeofjoy

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adminToday I spent the day riding roller coasters with teens, being made fun of on said roller coasters, and hanging out on the beach. It was a day full of community, joy, and laughter. I can't imagine a better way to start wrapping up the summer with these wild teens in this #lifeofjoy

The dream team dreaming big. Sharing life and working alongside these 5 incredible humans: Hawk, Brittany, Kiki, Gordon & Ava made everyday an adventure. Everything from soccer, youth group, formation, or Don Rey was always so joyful. Having people who called you higher in both ministry and your own personal growth, but also attacked you with dodge balls is something really special and I couldn't imagine it any other way. They truly were gifts in this #lifeofjoy

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adminThe dream team dreaming big. Sharing life and working alongside these 5 incredible humans: Hawk, Brittany, Kiki, Gordon & Ava made everyday an adventure. Everything from soccer, youth group, formation, or Don Rey was always so joyful. Having people who called you higher in both ministry and your own personal growth, but also attacked you with dodge balls is something really special and I couldn't imagine it any other way. They truly were gifts in this #lifeofjoy

These people. This life. When the internship ended last summer, and I had to go back to school, I was bummed. I couldn't help but feel this constant longing to be back here, living this life of joy I had gotten to be a part of. Today, we had our last summer formation with all the missionaries. We prayed, we laughed, we shared life. As this summer is coming to an end, I don't feel that same fear and sorrow I experienced last summer upon leaving. Instead I'm leaving with hope, conviction, growth, and lots of memories. Getting to intern again was a huge gift. It was hard, it was different, it was joyful. This summer may have been different, but this life was still so good. This summer showed me how real, how messy, how joyful, and how authentic this life is. This life wasn't just meant to be lived here, as I await my next visit, but it was meant to be lived everywhere. This life is good, this life is full of joy, and I can't wait to keep living it as I go back home.

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adminThese people. This life. When the internship ended last summer, and I had to go back to school, I was bummed. I couldn't help but feel this constant longing to be back here, living this life of joy I had gotten to be a part of. Today, we had our last summer formation with all the missionaries. We prayed, we laughed, we shared life. As this summer is coming to an end, I don't feel that same fear and sorrow I experienced last summer upon leaving. Instead I'm leaving with hope, conviction, growth, and lots of memories. Getting to intern again was a huge gift. It was hard, it was different, it was joyful. This summer may have been different, but this life was still so good. This summer showed me how real, how messy, how joyful, and how authentic this life is. This life wasn't just meant to be lived here, as I await my next visit, but it was meant to be lived everywhere. This life is good, this life is full of joy, and I can't wait to keep living it as I go back home.

Guess who's back, back again. Hey guys, I'm Annie! I'm a taco loving girly from Arlington, who spends most days in College Station where I'm starting my junior year, but has also found a home in Houston. I came back for a second year of interning, and have loved all of the new adventures, challenges, raspas, craziness, and friendships made. It's been a huge gift to be with some of the same teens, like Johny in this picture, and share life with them in such a familiar yet new way. I can't wait to share my #lifeofjoy with you this week!

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adminGuess who's back, back again. Hey guys, I'm Annie! I'm a taco loving girly from Arlington, who spends most days in College Station where I'm starting my junior year, but has also found a home in Houston. I came back for a second year of interning, and have loved all of the new adventures, challenges, raspas, craziness, and friendships made. It's been a huge gift to be with some of the same teens, like Johny in this picture, and share life with them in such a familiar yet new way. I can't wait to share my #lifeofjoy with you this week!

You may recognize this gem of an intern because you got to meet her last year during her first summer with us. We are so glad she came back for another round. @annie.ledezma will be sharing her #lifeofjoy with us as we say goodbye to this incredible class of interns this week.

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adminYou may recognize this gem of an intern because you got to meet her last year during her first summer with us. We are so glad she came back for another round. @annie.ledezma will be sharing her #lifeofjoy with us as we say goodbye to this incredible class of interns this week.

My experience this summer if anything has taught me to rely on Christ . It's hard to do things on your own, it's hard to choose joy, it's difficult to find strength when you are trying to rely on yourself. Joy comes from realizing that there is strength, joy, peace, and love itself waiting to give himself to you in each and every moment. Seek Him first #lifeofjoy

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adminMy experience this summer if anything has taught me to rely on Christ . It's hard to do things on your own, it's hard to choose joy, it's difficult to find strength when you are trying to rely on yourself. Joy comes from realizing that there is strength, joy, peace, and love itself waiting to give himself to you in each and every moment. Seek Him first #lifeofjoy