This past summer, Michelle Moultrie, a senior studying public relations at Auburn University, stepped out of her comfort zone and traveled out West with one goal in mind; to learn how to be a better spiritual leader on campus.
Moultrie attended a leadership training and personal growth trip in Jackson Hole, Wyo. this past summer. “I originally heard about the trip through Passion, a Christian conference held annually in Atlanta,” Moultrie said. She then realized that she had no summer plans and that the trip would be through Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization Moultrie is very involved in on campus. “So, I took a risk and signed up not knowing anyone,” Moultrie said
The purpose of this trip was to teach students from all across the country how to be better leaders on campus in whichever organization they are involved in.
Everyday Moultrie learned something new about being a leader and how to grow as a person. Each morning consisted of teachings for a couple of hours on different ways to be a spiritual leader on a college campus.
Each afternoon, the program had different activities and outings planned. Some of these activities consisted of hiking, sightseeing around the Jackson Hole area and horse back riding.
Two of her favorite places to visit were Yellowstone National Park and a ski resort in Idaho. “Yellowstone National Park was a special trip because it happened to be on my birthday. It was special to spend my birthday in such an incredible place with my new friends,” Moultrie said.
Other activities on the trip consisted of small group bible studies lead by staff members.
During the course of the trip, the group read a book and reviewed it once a week in small groups.
The trip started on June 5 and lasted for three weeks. There were 30 students from all over the Southeast region on the trip. The students stayed in the Rocky Mountain Lodge, which is family owned and operated.
The hardest part of the trip for Moultrie was staying in one cabin with 22 girls. “It was very crowded, but I learned how to deal with living with that many girls and it ended up being a humbling experience,” Moultrie said.
“I grew in my walk with the Lord and I am more equipped in my faith because of my experience in Jackson Hole. I definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to become a better spiritual leader,” Moultrie concluded.