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It’s the Saddest Day In the History of the Universe

November 25th, 2016


Our favorite interns of this summer are leaving! Oh no!

I’ve got to say… these interns have been stellar. We’ve laughed at them, cried at their stupidity, and questioned God’s intentions of bringing them here, but we love them, nonetheless. They’re great men (I feel like I’m writing their eulogy).

No, they’re not dead. They’re just departing. It’s the saddest time of the history of the world. Probably.

Let them know what a blessing they’ve been to you. I was hoping some of you would jump up and give a testimony about them last Sunday… *sigh. Too chicken.

Let them know in other ways. They have certainly poured themselves into this church, and into you. Thank God for them!

I would encourage you to consider coming to a Heartland trip sometime in the future—just to see the interns again. (Maybe January? Maybe Spring break? Maybe, maybe not?? We’ll see…)

-Bro. Ryan

Bro. Michaels Note

It’s hard to believe this is my last full day in Temecula with you guys this summer. The days have come and gone so quickly! As the summer comes to a conclusion for me, I can’t help but reminisce on the “Summer O’ Adventures” as one scholarly lady described it. I’m reminded of riding horses with Bro. Si, going to Sea World with Cassi and Sarah, snorkeling with some of the Rench family, eating out with church members and eating in their homes. I think about the awesome experience it was to hear Bro. Ben, Bro. Ryan, and Pastor preach all summer. The amazing opportunity to preach to all you teens. The fun, yet spiritually challenging trips to L.A. and Camp Ironwood. All of it was better than I could have imagined. I’m even thinking about the all the times that Michael Cepeda went to give me a high-five and chose rather to shake the hand of the person next to me. I’m thinking about Ben TheuriCHHH correcting my terrible grammar. I’m thinking about Michael Loza being the long reigning champ of ping-pong. I’m thinking about the coolest handshakes EVER. I’m thinking about you guys’ beasting it up at Courtyard Cafe.

I have many sweet memories from this summer; to be totally honest, most of my sweetest memories from this summer include spending time with all of you teens. I’ve already expressed it before, but I’m so thankful that God has allowed me to be with such godly teenagers like y’all [editor’s note: y’all is weird]. Keep loving God, loving others, and doing right. You ALL have so much potential to see and do great things for God. Just stay faithful to God and watch what He does. Today is bittersweet. I’m incredibly glad that I’ll be able to visit home briefly and go back to Heartland, but I know after all the time in prayer for you and all the time I’ve spent with you guys, I’m going to miss you a lot. With all that said, thanks for being awesome. I love you guys!




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