"Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith" - Philippians 1:25
Here we stand again, half way through the summer finding it hard to believe how fast the past six weeks have flown by. Over the course of the past month and half we as a staff have celebrated every holiday of the year all in one day, cheered "U-S-A" more than a half million times on the 4th of July alone, done more than our fair share of belly flops, and grown to become a family in every sense of the word.
This place is truly unlike any other. I know that phrase is easily and often tossed around, and just as often quite cliché; and while it still may be cliché, it is nothing short of true in this case. This place, K-Kountry, the Kountryside, the Happiest Place on Earth, is a testament to God's grace and unbelievable love. To take a group of college kids from each corner of the country, bring them to this little corner of Missouri, and use them all in their own individual ways in order to come together as a family to glorify Him, is beyond all measures.
The Lord has blessed this place in incomprehensible ways, one of them being the unbelievable staff we enjoy every year and easily take for granted. A group of selfless men and women, who put everything before themselves for the Glory of God, so that every kid that walks through K-Kountry's gates may know who Jesus is and understand what an incredible sacrifice he made for us. These men and women, who absolutely never will ask for the thanks they so rightfully deserve, who pour out every bit of their heart with no intent of any reward in return.
So while they may never seek any praise, hopefully this post can stand as somewhat of a "thank you". A thank you for being so faithful in everything that you did, for never slowing down, for giving everything you have, for never cutting corners, for the love you poured out and for the sacrifices you made when no one was watching...thank you!
First session staff, words will never be able to describe the blessing you were. You were special in ways that you will never be able to understand, and you were everything and more that this place could ever ask for. A simple thank you does not feel like enough for the job you did, but when I sit and think, I know that there is nothing on this Earth that could ever match the reward you all deserve. Your treasure is not of this world or for this world, but instead it is waiting in heaven for you. Waiting for that day, waiting for that celebration for you all. First session you have run an incredible race, you have laid everything out and made no reservations. To say that everyone here at K-Kountry is proud of you would be a disservice for the esteem you are held in. Thank you again first session staff for all that you have done. Forever a family, know that from the bottom of our hearts, we love you all!