Go Team

By Travis Hendershott, Partnership Coordinator

The second summer in Colorado Springs has just wrapped up. I remember not even 3 months ago heading to Wisconsin to meet the team of Next Step staff that were committing to serve the Colorado Springs community. At that time, I had a lot of butterflies fluttering around in my stomach. I remember thinking ‘How was God going to show up this summer?’ and ‘What did He already have planned and stored up for us?’ Amongst those butterflies was a bit of anxiety for how things would go. As a Partnership Coordinator I feel a little bit like a party planner.

Imagine sending out the invitations, planning the venue, setting up activities, setting the table, and getting everything in order – yikes, feels like a bit of pressure. But as the team arrived to Colorado Springs I realized the pressure quickly faded. The team began to seep into every nook and cranny of partnerships, gaining relationships and taking the lead. This summer was definitely a reminder that a team is vital. That saying, “many hands makes for light work” was surely my lesson.

During the last couple of weeks when projects were winding down, I remember going into the kitchen of FUMC and seeing a sprawl of banana breads being taken out of the oven. I asked the ATL what’s the occasion for stepping up our cooking game? But Etta responded that they were for some of the partnerships we had been working with. Whaaat?!? What a great idea and I had nothing to do with it.

The final week the team decided to end the summer with Ms. sweet sweet Gloria to visit with her and take care of a couple things around her home. I never imagined going back to see Gloria after the second week but what a fantastic idea and way to end the summer on a good note!

There are so many other instances and things that I don’t even know about that happened this summer. I am so thankful for the team this summer, for getting after it and taking their own initiative to lead. God will bless them in multitudes for their work. Go team.

Next Step Ministries