121 Stories - Pouring Back

One Young Adult Shares Her Real Life Story Of Being A Servant Leader

Ryleigh Adams
Aug 13, 2023    2m
Join us as Ryleigh shares her story of growing up in the church youth ministry and how she has come full circle and is now pouring into others as a servant leader to the youth that have come after her. Video recorded at Grapevine, Texas.

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Ryleigh Adams: [00:00:06] My name is Ryleigh; I have been going to 121 since I've been in kindergarten. Me and my two older sisters have also been going here with my mom and my dad, so I've been through each program here at 121. This week we are here in Colorado to have our students camp and something really cool is that some of the students that are here who are in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, I actually was their leader for active camp. So it's been really cool to watch those students like come from third grade all the way up and just really just see them grow.

Ryleigh Adams: [00:00:06] Hi, y'all, I'm Riley, I've been one of your dancers. Hi. So God tells us in Matthew 7:24, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." So I started in 121 Kids, and I went to all the church camps, and I got to participate in active camp when it first started. And just Miss Diana really made it very intentional for us as students to learn the basics of what the Gospel is.

Ryleigh Adams: [00:01:11] So actually, when I was in third grade, I accepted Jesus into my heart. And I started from a young age seeing my parents lead out, my mom was also a teacher there, so it was fun to like go with her and she would do all the Bible studies that we would do. And my dad was a greeter, so that was really cool. When I entered middle school, I was actually Jermaine's first year, so he started when I was in sixth grade. And he had such a massive impact on my life, my life was not my own, it was the Lord's, and I just wanted to be a servant leader for him.

Ryleigh Adams: [00:01:40] And so I started helping out in students, so full circle, I went back to first grade to help out those students. And so that was a really cool experience for me to help those students out when I was a freshman in high school. And so I did graduate in 2022, and so I went to Dallas Baptist University, so now I am the student intern for the students, sixth grade through twelfth grade. So through that I found that the Lord had just put it on my heart to just really be a light to those middle schoolers. Because when I was in middle school, I had a really hard time in life. So just being able to pour back into that, and the Lord has brought me this in such a unique way.

Ryleigh Adams: [00:02:21] Come on, come on, come on. You got it. You got it. You got it, good. You know, the Lord has definitely been using me in that way, but He's also been teaching me in that way too, so it's been amazing to be just the intern. And God is your firm foundation and it's not going to be like sand where it just collapses, you will have that firm foundation and he's never going to leave you.

Recorded in Grapevine, Texas.
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