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July 30, 2018

Built on the Rock


The date is April 21st, 2014 and a shy, insecure 15-year-old boy is riding in the backseat of a minivan as it pulls into the parking lot. Turning around from the driver’s seat, his dad gives some final encouragement. “Make the most of your week here. You guys might make some lifelong friendships,” he says. […]

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May 10, 2018

When Losing Hurts


TeenPact National Elections are right around the corner. This has given me nearly a year to reflect on my own experience with the election process.   Wow. What a journey. Over a year ago, I had decided that running for President would be an adventure and a challenge that God wanted me to boldly embrace. […]

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April 27, 2018

A Judicial Journal


It’s finally summer! My friends are sunburnt and applying for seasonal jobs, and today I finished my Judicial homework. My mom gave me this notebook and suggested I jot down some thoughts at the end of each day.   Day 1 – Sunday Today I flew by myself for the first time. At the Richmond […]

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April 19, 2018

The Stories of National Convention


There’s nothing quite like arriving at National Convention.   After surviving those last few minutes of driving (which are the longest part of the trip), you swing your car door open, and you’re greeted by a hot Tennessee breeze and hundreds of excited strangers. Even for the most extroverted of us, this sea of faces […]

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October 25, 2017

Why Am I Here?


Two weeks ago, 100 students, parents, and TeenPact staff arrived in our nation’s Capital. Students came by planes and trains, short car rides and multi-day caravans. We had early mornings and late nights, lots of D.C. METRO rides and hours and hours of training sessions, tours, and small group campaign exercises. We gathered for Back to D.C., an event chock full of […]

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October 11, 2017

Inspiring and Equipping


Endeavor exists to inspire and equip young women to glorify and enjoy God.   Over a year ago, when I was invited to step up as the Program Director for TeenPact’s Endeavor programs, I already knew that I loved the vision of Endeavor. The catechistic language was appealing, but, even more than that, such a […]

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September 27, 2017

Inspiring the Next Generation


This year I was introduced to TeenPact for the first time.   When I arrived at the New York State Capitol for my first Four Day Class, I really had no idea what to think. Would these be a bunch of strict people who only use thee’s and thou’s? Was I going to listen to stodgy […]

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September 20, 2017

TeenPact is Like a Deck of Cards


It was only last week that I drove away from TeenPact Survival Northwest.   Survival was absolutely amazing, and I’m coming to realize that words don’t quite express the things you experience at TeenPact. As I was thinking over what happened at this event, a sort of story started to form in my mind. Maybe you’ll appreciate reading it.   […]

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July 10, 2017

Entering a New Season


I’m struck with a loss for words. How do you describe the blessing and the impact something like TeenPact has been and has made? I entered this organization at thirteen, and now five years later, the time has come to enter a new stage of life. I honestly cannot even express how thankful I am […]

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April 19, 2017

A Vibrant Community


Last summer, I had the opportunity to attend Judicial, my first TeenPact Alumni Event. It was such a full week––spiritually, intellectually, and relationally. Throughout the program, we were all stretched in different ways, and it was incredible to see people excel as they stepped further and further out of their comfort zones.   I have […]

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April 10, 2017

Undone in the Presence


I have never been able to say this truthfully until tonight. I am undone in the presence of Christ. The other two TeenPact classes I staffed left me changed because of things God did to me and in me. This class left me changed because of things I watched God do in others. I saw […]

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April 06, 2017

Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel


Jesus never said that living a life worthy of the Gospel was easy––rather, He reminds us again and again in scripture to consider the cost of such discipleship. He has promised though that it is worth it  and that He will be the one to do all the work in our lives––we simply need to be willing […]

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December 05, 2016

Hearing God’s Voice Over the Noise


There’s something beautiful and insightful about spending time in the wilderness, surrounded by God’s beautiful creation; I can’t think of a better way to appreciate God’s majesty. That’s exactly what ASAP is about, spending the week completely shut off from the rest of the world and surrounded on all sides by beautiful mountains, by trees […]

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November 30, 2016

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone


This week’s installment of the TeenPact Blog is written by Brent Buterbaugh (OH). Brent participated as a student at TeenPact’s Advanced Survival Adventure Program (“ASAP”), held October 24-29 in Del Rio, Tennessee.     One of the central tenants of a TeenPact program is the dreaded phrase: “Get out of your comfort zone”.   In a State […]

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November 15, 2016

The Foundation of My Faith


This week’s installment of the TeenPact Blog comes from Danny Pearson (FL). Danny attended TeenPact Venture 2016, held October 16-21 in Dayton, Tennessee.     I came into the week with big expectations, and still they were exceeded.  I had never attended Venture before this year, but I had heard from several friends that it was great.  […]

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October 24, 2016

With My God I Can Scale a Wall


This week’s installment of the TeenPact blog comes from Abby Brumbaugh (WY). Abby attended TeenPact Survival Northwest 2016, September 11-16, in Keystone, South Dakota.     While attending my first Four Day State Class this spring, I realized how amazing TeenPact is. Why? I learned that the way I lived that week didn’t matter as much as […]

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