I recently had the honor of reconnecting with John Henry. He has been a leader with YWAM for many years and now leads Converge, a YWAM ministry focused on connecting students with internships and mentors around the world. John was my leader when I traveled with YWAM in the summer of 1998 to South Korea and Mongolia for an internship focused on healthcare while I was a nursing student at Samford University.

John and I recently had a conversation about those days and the fruit of that season in my life. In preparation, I read through old journals and listened to the voice of my college self. I thought about roots: Where we are planted, what soil we dig into, what water we drink. These things seem like small choices every day. But what we eat and drink for months and years and decades will bear fruit.

My journals from those days speak so much of my longing to understand the purpose of life. I was at turns lonely and deeply connected. My struggles then were not so different from my struggles now. How do I love? What gives meaning to my days? How do I apply the teachings of Jesus to my daily life?

Through the years I have had the honor of listening to wise mentors and teachers who challenged me to eat and drink the word of God. There are countless people who listened to me and cared for me as I struggled and learned. John was one of them and I am so grateful. And above all, God is faithful.

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Psalm 1:1-3

Oh, the joys of those who do not

follow the advice of the wicked,

or stand around with sinners,

or join in with mockers.

But they delight in the law of the LORD,

meditating on it day and night.

They are like trees planted along the riverbank,

bearing fruit each season.

Their leaves never wither,

and they prosper in all they do.