First Year University at Circle Square Ranch
The Ranch has been a special place for Julia since, just up the hill from this lively house, she first decided to follow Jesus while at summer camp years ago. When the pandemic forced school online, she seized the opportunity to return to the place that God first encountered her, hoping to grow deeper in her faith.
Packing insulated barn boots and a math textbook, she joined a cohort of stellar ladies in the LEAD discipleship program at the Ranch. While it’s disappointing not to have the option to live on campus – to study in the library and make new friends in residence, Julia is thankful for a season to solidify her foundations of faith through worship, prayer, bible study, community life, mentorship and service.
Some of the LEAD girls and other Ranch staff enjoying a fall trail ride.
The LEAD discipleship program participants (back: Sidney; front left to right: Faith, Julia, Molly and Mack). Each participant has committed a season of their life to pursue God while living at InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake. The program includes Bible and book studies, teaching, a daily hour of prayer, mentorship and lots of barn chores.
When reflecting on how God has been changing her life, Julia shared how she is thankful that she is learning not to give up on people because of bumps in the road. God’s goodness is revealed through forgiveness, and friendship is sweeter on the other side of difficulty.
Perhaps working through things isn’t the norm, but neither is the peculiar turn of events that landed Julia and the other girls in Arden, Ontario for first year university. Yet both these things have proven to be unexpected transformative blessings.
How has God been forming you amidst the unexpected?