Wednesday, May 4, 2016

This Summer

While the majority of high school seniors have the luxury of finishing up senior year and graduation while looking to a long summer of tanning, pool parties, and goodbyes...I am preparing to leave home in less than a month.

This summer, I am serving at Catholic Youth Summer Camp as a member of the Program Mission Staff.

Last summer, I attended CYSC for the first time and it was beyond anything that I could have ever imagined. Despite loving my faith, I was hesitant to go. I'm not about that whole rugged-rough-and-tumble-shower-with-spiders life. I wear dresses every day of the summer and high heels to go grocery shopping. 

But I went with an open heart. And God worked some mighty wonders in my life.

The thing that struck me the most about CYSC was the community. The staff members were so genuine, so loving, so giving...they seriously poured themselves out for everyone around them. They were so uplifting and encouraging. 

I had never been a part of a community that was so on fire for Christ. Jesus used those young adults to just love on me and lead me closer to Him, to ignite a passion in my heart to live for Him.

Because of the great impact the incredible staff members had on my life, I wanted to give back and serve as they serve. I felt God tugging on my heart to go beyond my comfort zone (ahh! no heels!) and get my hands dirty, bringing His heart to middle and high schoolers.

I am beyond excited to be serving the young church in this way. I am so looking forward to just loving on kids, to sharing my heart and my testimony. I am pumped to be spending the summer introducing kids to a deeper relationship with Jesus, and to growing in my own relationship with my Beloved.

God has been reminding me all of this year that what He calls me to, He'll provide for. So I keep reminding myself of that, even as spiders and bugs freak the heck out of me. Even as I'm the least athletic person in the world. Even as I won't be getting the most sleep. Even as I'll be living with other flawed (yet beautiful) human beings.

I don't understand why God is calling me to be at CYSC this summer. But I want to be used for His glory. I want to bring souls to heaven. I want to comfort the heart of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that God has a plan and my deepest desire is to do His will. 

God is calling me out of my comfort zone. He is bringing me forth from my home and my family...and He has given me wings to fly. 

I would love to pray for you this summer. Please let me know how I specifically can do that!

Lastly, unfortunately, I will be unable to blog over the summer (end of May to the beginning of August). However, fear not, for I am planning on keeping a detailed prayer journal, so I will definitely be posting how God is glorified this summer upon my return. 

Praying for you always. And, seriously, hit me up with prayer requests!

CYSC is a high adventure summer camp for middle and high school students that seeks to foster a faith that is “deep, contagious, and joy-filled” and helps young people to live the adventure of their Catholic faith through an encounter with Jesus and his Church. If you would like to help financially support me in this mission, please prayerfully consider donating in one of two ways:
  1. Visit and make an online donation
  2. Mail a check payable to “Catholic Youth Summer Camp” with my name in the memo line.
Mail to: Catholic Youth Summer Camp
7881 Bluefield Street
Canal Winchester, OH. 43110
Missionary Support For: Annie Schlueter


  1. Prayers that all goes well for you this summer!! It sounds like something you'll be amazing at. :)

    This summer I'll (hopefully) be getting my first job, and also perhaps making some decisions about college. I have absolutely no plans as of right now-- where, when or what I want to go to college for, just that I know I want to. I'm pretty at peace right now, even though the future's kind of a blur, just praying and trusting God to lead me in the right direction at the right time. Prayers for that and that I'll do well with my first job would be amazing. <3

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  3. Hello Anne Marie,
    I just wanted to say I found your blog a few days ago and it has blessed my heart so much reading your words. Thank you for sharing so openly, especially your A-Z posts. Your greatly encouraged my heart and spoke truth into my life. I hope you have a blessed time as a youth leader. And when you return, I do hope you'll write many posts about the things you learned. Thank you! God Bless, Lexi

  4. What exciting plans! It's so encouraging and inspiring to hear of a young person on fire for sharing Jesus, especially with other young people. I hope the summer goes really well, and I'll be looking forward to hearing all about it! :)

    P.s I also totally relate to not being the rough-tough type, and camp showers are something I avoid when I can!

  5. Such an amazing opportunity! I'm so excited for you and I will definitely be praying :) I guess my prayer request would be that I would continue to go where the Lord leads me. I have an open year ahead of writing, blogging, and working at a variety of places as far as I can tell. But it could change ;)

    Also, random question. How did you get your nifty Twitter feed in your sidebar? I may have to Google a tutorial on that now that I have Twitter.

    Again, God bless and have a wonderful summer :D

  6. "...even as spiders and bugs freak the heck out of me. Even as I'm the least athletic person in the world." <- I FEEL that. You're definitely not alone there. X)

    It's amazing that God's called you to step beyond your comfort zone this summer. Both of us, actually, as I ALSO will be serving at a camp! Only for a week, but it's much different than anything I'll have experienced so far. Anyway, I hope you manage to have fun over there with the bugs! :D