Two months ago I was living what I would call a pretty comfortable life. I had a job that paid well, a great house to live in, friends that most could only dream of having, and I was okay with it all. Never did the thought cross my mind that three short weeks later I would be moving five-and-a-half hours west to be a part of an internship that I never in a million years expected to be blessed with.
I have never been more convinced that God has a fantastic sense of humor.
Here I sit, balancing somewhere between reality and what I am sure could only be a dream.
I arrived the evening before my internship with the Red Bus Project started. Although I felt completely unprepared, I felt this excitement that I still can’t fully explain. I don’t think I can fully communicate how AMAZING this team is. These interns are world changers. I’ve never been a part of such a solid team that still has more fun than anyone could describe in words. I’ve laughed harder in the past few weeks with the four other interns and Chris Wheeler than I have in the past few years combined. I pray these relationships only grow stronger over the next few months and will continue for years to come.
The first few weeks in the Show Hope office consisted of processing donations, brainstorming new ideas, shooting promo videos, writing emails, and trying to prepare for a tour that most of us had never experienced. It was a great time to learn where we fit in the team. It was a great preparation for the first week of tour.
On March 5th, we arrived in Asheville, NC at 5am for the first day of the Spring 2013 tour. We had only slept two hours on the overnight trip. We had never set up the bus as a team. But somehow we rallied, set up and opened the bus, and had a fantastic day. I’m still not entirely sure how we pulled it off so well. The day involved a cold start, some dancing, a little bit of limbo, tree climbing, and multiple cornhole competitions. It was a great start to what turned into a challenging but successful first week of tour.
Three days, a monsoon, a mountain trek, a snowfall, amazing volunteers, and a broken-down bus (thanks to Hemphill Brothers for getting us fixed up for next week!) later, we completed our first week of tour. We arrived back in Franklin as a colder, but stronger team.
This brings us to sometime around today. We’re digesting everything that happened last week, tweaking things for the next tour leg, and preparing to hit the road again next Monday. We’re thankful for the week off from tour, but at the same time we’re completely anxious to get back out on the road with the Red Bus Project as we journey to Indiana for a five days.
Please keep our Red Bus team in your prayers. While we adore what we are doing, we are quickly discovering that we aren’t as invincible as we thought. We leave a lot on the road, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Upcoming Red Bus Project Tour dates:
3.18 University of Evansville – Evansville, IN
3.21 Taylor University – Upland, IN
3.26 Furman University – Greenville, SC
3.27 Brevard College – Brevard, NC
4.4 Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA
4.9 Lipscomb University – Nashville, TN
4.11 Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green, KY