Emerge Life

Fall Recap 2016-2017 Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part series! If you want to be caught up, go check out Part 1!

The Campout

On November 5th and 6th, we went on a camping trip at the Beirbaum’s farm. The Beirbaums are members of our Lead Team for Emerge, and are crucial part in organizing events and fun outings for us students. They have access to a huge field in Defuniak Springs where we set up our tents, all of our glamping supplies, and started a giant campfire. It was a great experience overall! I am a firm believer that it doesn’t matter what you are doing, if you are doing it with friends, it will be extremely hilarious and extremely fun. At Emerge, there is a lot on our schedule and a lot of deadlines that we have to meet, so it was nice to get away from the campus and spend a day with no responsibilities. They didn’t schedule anything for us to do, so we were free to roam around the farm to do whatever we wanted. It was great!

On the farm, they had three horses and a donkey that were also free to roam around and sometimes made their way over to our tents. Everyone had fun petting the animals and getting to know them. We had a golf cart that we got to ride around, back and forth to the house and the barn and then back to our campsite. This was my first time on a golf cart, so I was excited to get to drive it. It reminded me of the safari tours at Disney. When we first got there, we spent our daylight hours throwing the football, and the Frisbee (When we weren’t petting the animals). It was really fun to be out in the open field throwing the football back and forth. In the evening we got the fire going strong. It was the biggest fire I’d ever seen and it was extremely HOT. I couldn’t stand near it too long, because the heat reached a couple feet out all around the fire. Roasting marshmallows on it was definitely an interesting task. We had sticks to roast them with, but they weren’t long enough, so we had to stand pretty close to the fire. I would go up and start to roast one, and then have to run back and let my face cool down!

For dinner, we popped out the grill and had hamburgers and hotdogs- delicious! We were definitely stocked full on food that night. We had chips and cookies for snacks. We had the s’mores, all the food from dinner and some brownies for dessert. We were also set up with hot water for hot chocolate. I can tell that the leaders really love their Emerge students. As it got later, most people sat by the fire, or sat in front of the big screen and projector we brought to watch that night’s football game. The remaining students who weren’t watching football gathered up to play a game of Man-Hunt in the dark around the field. If you have never played Man-Hunt, it is basically like hide-and-go-seek with a cooler name, and it’s even scarier in the dark. One person finds everyone else that went and hid, until the last person is found. It seems like a simple game, but we felt totally lost wandering around a pitch black field. There weren’t really that many places to hide, so eventually it just became a game of who could be the quietest and who was wearing the darkest clothing, so that they couldn’t be seen in the dark. Again, with friends anything is fun. I don’t know too much about the past Emerge classes, but I know this one is particularly comedic, so it always makes for a great time.

After the night was pretty much winding down, the football game was over, and all the food was gone, the majority of people went to bed, while a group of us stayed up around the fire. I think my favorite part of the campout was the conversations we had around the fire. I love food, and games, and sports and all of that, but I love a good conversation. It was so late, and we were so tired, that it went everywhere from deep theological talks, to funny stories about our past that you only tell your closest friends. I learned a lot about a few of the other interns that night, and I think that nights like this are what make the bond so strong among the Emerge alumni. We spend so much time together and we make so many great memories, but the best about it is learning more and more about everyone. We are only in our third month and I feel like there is so much more to learn. I hope for many more nights like the night by the fire, and many more fun adventures like that campout. We bond together in these times of fun, and we build it further in the hard times. We build each other up when it gets hard, so that we can laugh together while we take it easy. That’s what Emerge life is all about, and the Campout this year really highlighted that for me.

Fall Recap 2016-2017 Part 1

Hey guys!

Emerge 2016-2017 has been up to a lot since day one. The students have been settling into Emerge life and developing closer relationships with our church, each other, and most importantly, God. It’s November now. Destin is finally starting to get cool weather and orange leaves are appearing on the trees, and the students just got back from their first long break for Thanksgiving. They’ve been up to a lot these past few months, and today on the blog, we’re going to update all of you guys on the events and experiences that the students have had since September. Tiffany Tripp is a Year 1 Student and is passionate about writing, so she’s done us the honor of giving us her perspective on some of the key moments and events that have happened so far. Without further ado, here’s Emerge 2016-2017’s Fall Recap!

Opening Weekend

I remember that I was ready to come to Emerge the moment I applied. I am a professional procrastinator so I stayed up till 1am the night before packing. But it didn’t matter. I was too excited to sleep anyways. I didn’t think I was too nervous until I pulled up to the campus. I remember there were so many cars and so many people running around everywhere. Parents, fellow interns, leaders, and volunteers were helping us unpack our cars, and as I walked down the hall of my dorm till I saw my name on the door of my room it all hit me. This was real. My parents helped unpack some things, just to fit everything in and clean up a bit, but there were still boxes on my bed when we left for Parent Orientation. At the orientation, my parents mingled which helped me meet some of the other students, while they heard a little more about the program, and were comforted about where they were leaving me. I went for one last dinner with my folks, and my siblings later that night. When they dropped me off at the dorm, we prayed together in my room and they left. I spent the first night of Emerge alone in my room, finishing up the rest of my unpacking. I heard girls laughing in the room next to me, but I was too scared to go introduce myself. This was an ironic first night, because by the next night we were all hanging out in each other’s rooms, staying up till 1am every morning talking and getting to know each other. I remember on the third or fourth night, we ended up sitting in the floor of the hallway talking before we moved into someone’s room to sit on their bed.

The second day of opening weekend we all had breakfast together and I got to see all the students alone for the first time. We all introduced ourselves, and I was unsure what to say. I was hoping that the nervousness would pass quickly and I would be able to be myself around the people I was living with for the next 8 months. On Sunday night, we had dinner and a game night which was another chance for us all to really get to know each other. We told more fun facts about ourselves, and played some hilarious games to really break the ice.

The next morning, we had our first chapel. Our director, Ms. Heather, had written cards with a scripture on it for each of us that she had felt God wanted to share with us. The scripture I was given confirmed things God had been revealing to me in the weeks before Emerge, and confirmed that this is the place He meant for me to be. We wrote letters to ourselves to read when we finish Emerge. I don’t remember what I wrote even now, but I am sure I will have grown so much by graduation, because I have already grown so much now. Even the problems from just two months ago, seem so small now and God is continuously growing me and bringing new things up and working on me. We all had prayer time after that, and we were given the opportunity to pray with the second year interns who had already been through Emerge from the past few years. It was the afternoon when we had the infamous “Beach Olympics”. I had already read all about them on this blog, and wasn’t sure how I felt about it yet. I was nervous, but we had a great time. Our team lost almost every challenge, but I think the event did its job, because I didn’t feel a need to be shy after that day. That night we had our first dorm meeting and got to know our RA, Meagan, a little more and discuss different dorm rules and chores. I have loved every dorm meeting since then.

I’ve been here for over two months now, and there is no nervousness, or shyness left in me.

Fall Festival

At the end of October, Destiny Worship Center holds a Fall Festival every year on Halloween night. They set up booths, and rides and give out candy at all of their campuses. Since I am an Emerge Year 1 intern this year, I got to participate in this wonderful event. I was placed at the Destin campus, which is the central and largest campus of them all. We got there in the morning to set up, but our Destiny Kids ministry had been preparing for this event for weeks. During the services that led up to the event, the church had been asking for candy donations and volunteers to help out. Emerge, with the help of some awesome volunteers, put together some of the booths and got everything we needed.

The event was held in the church parking lot, so we had to move everything outside in preparation for the night. It was a lot of heavy lifting, shifting things around, and making it look great. We only had to put out the carnival booths, because the bigger rides and bouncy houses, were already set up, and we had food provided from food trucks. I personally got sent on an errand for three tubs worth of candy (we went through our first batch in about an hour!). The Destin campus had a total of eleven tubs to give out that night. Because we had so many volunteers and so many Emerge interns, set up only took a few hours. We were told that we finished the fastest out of all the previous Emerge classes (Go Team!). We were even given some time to go home and rest before coming back for the big night.

When we got back to the church, about an hour before the event started, we got all the candy set up and then went to our places. I was in charge of one of the pre-school carnival games called “Treasure Hunt”. It was fun playing with the little kids and then watching them go crazy for the candy! I was really proud of my church for putting together such an amazing event. There were so many people, the line never stopped even for my game. EVERYTHING was free at the event. All the rides, the food, and the candy just served as a blessing to our local community. And the kids looked like they were having a lot of fun. Each campus experienced the same enthusiasm and turnout for the event. All-together, it was a fun night to be had!


Thanks for reading! We had so much to post that we split it into two! Go check out Part 2 to read out our Annual Emerge Campout!