Hello Midwest CY!
My name is Derek Adams, I am running for Vice President! Just a little bit about myself, I am currently living in Arvada, Colorado and attending the Salt and Light RPC in Longmont! I am a senior in high school planning to study Forensic Sciences at the University of Washburn in Topeka this fall! Anyhow, maybe two years ago, many CYers approached me encouraging me to pursue leadership within the CY. At the time, I didn’t think much of it, but the more I got to know people at retreats and see how much the officers did to make four weekends a year some of the most enjoyable days made me realize how much I value the CY and the people committed to its success. Being presented with the ability to lead the CY for the next two years would be an opportunity for me to continue the legacy of amazing teaching and Godly friendships. I’m not very good at planned speaking or even writing speeches all around, but I truly have a passion for the people and the CY and what it does to strengthen the spiritual lives of the young people. Retreats are a ministry to the youth, and how awesome a ministry it is!!
My name is Emma Kwasiborski and I'm an 18 year old member of the Shawnee RP church. I was super excited when I heard the office of secretary was soon to be vacant and after talking with my elders and praying, I truly felt that the Lord was calling me to run for this position. I absolutely love coming to retreats and I am coming to realize how hard the officers work to put them together. I would love to help assist with these endeavors and I feel that it would grow my leadership abilities to take this position. I love public speaking, organizing events, and notetaking, so I feel that I could benefit the CY officers. I can't wait to see how the Lord grows the covenant youth in the Midwest and I sincerely hope to be an officer soon!
Hello! I'm Laurel Stewart. I know some of you know me, but some do not. I'm 18 and am graduating from high school this May. I'm from Manhattan Kansas.
I've been going to retreats ever since I could once I turned 14. I remember being overwhelmed at my first retreat but then feeling like I had joined a huge family. I love these retreats and value the time spent, the people I've met, and the things I've learned at them. I’ve realized how impactful they have been in my life and my walk with Christ, and I want it to be for others. I have a huge appreciation and respect for the officers and people who set up these retreats and keep them going, and I would love to be a part of them. I see being in office as a big responsibility. I see this election for new officers as a great opportunity to serve our youth, our churches, the Midwest presbytery, and the kingdom of God. I would love to grow and serve in a greater way as an officer if given the chance. Thank you for your consideration.
Any officer position is going to be some big shoes to fill. All our officer’s work hard to pull off retreats 4 times a year. Even though being an officer will not always be easy, I have a deep passion for retreats!
6 years ago, at Camp Curry I had no idea how much of an impact Midwest CY Retreats would have on my life. Because of these retreats I began to see lots of other Christians my age, I began to become comfortable praying in front of people, I learned to talk about my faith and to start sharing it with others. Partly because of influences of people here, I have done things to the glory of God. I was convinced to attend TFY and Life Focus, and I took a gap year which enabled me to go to Australia on a mission trip. I was greatly encouraged to do those things by people at retreats.
God has given me a passion to see Midwest CY Retreats keep going. I am getting a degree in Business Marketing and enjoy planning things. I have attended many meetings from youth group, congressional meetings, and camp meetings just to name a few. I know how meetings are to be run. That knowledge will help me to know what is going on in our Officer meetings.
I find joy in working with people. Some things I love are, smiling faces, giving hugs, meeting new people, trying new things, playing lots of indoor and outdoor, games and drinking coffee!
My name is Lois Skubal, I am a member of the Washington Iowa RP Church, and I would be honored to serve as your next secretary.
Hello Midwest CY!
My name is April Mann and I am running for treasurer. I am going to start by reading 1 Peter 4:10-11, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies- in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen." So in light of this verse, I thought about coming up and speaking an oracle but decided probably not. Actually though, we are called to serve one another with gifts that we have been granted by God for the advancement of his kingdom and ultimately for his glory. As have many of you, I have seen numerous CY officers serve and do it very well using their various gifts in this way, and I would like to do the same.
So, I will tell you some things that I think would make me qualified for this office. I am generally organized. I am more motivated when I am trying to get things done right for the sake of other people. I've been told that I am responsible-thanks, Mom! And I learned how to do math! All that being said, you will find and many of you already know (if not, surprise!), I have many weaknesses as well. However, "Whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God provides...". Even the few strengths that I have are given by him, and it is by his strength that I will be able to serve you well. With that, I will conclude. Thank you for your consideration. You can consider your other options if you want to...hm. Anyways, yes, thank you!