As an elementary and middle school student, my favorite part of the year was always when Coastlands visited the school. They would come for a week to spend time with the students and teach us about God through fun and exciting lessons each day. Even then, I always felt the messages challenge yet invigorate my faith. Coastland's impact on my walk with Christ has influenced me to the present day, encouraging me to continue seeking God and His plan for my life.
In later years, I have continued to participate in Coastland activities. Specifically, I became a teen helper for one of their outreaches to a school in New Hampshire. There, I not only saw the transformation in the lives of several students but was able to stay in connection with those I encountered, leading to further transformation and answered prayers. This experience has shown me just a glimpse of the immense impact Coastlands has on the schools they meet.
Coastlands has also given me personal direction, leading me to the path God has planned for my life in ministry for His kingdom in the years to come. Out of this organization grew my love for God's calling on my life, which has directly applied to the Great Commission; "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I am with you always to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:16-20). I can testify how Coastlands has practically lived this and inspired me to do the same wherever God may lead me. From personal experience, I cannot stress enough the importance of this organization to the lives of students across the Northeast.