Michelle Guderyahn

Great Adventure

It takes a lot to put on the Great Adventure. With hundreds of students, children, host homes, drivers, volunteers, and events to orchestrate, there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road. But sometimes the most unplanned circumstances are where we see God move the most.

Michelle Guderyahn is the Driver Coordinator for the Great Adventure – a huge role with uncountable moving parts. When a team was inadvertently sent to a host’s home instead of their business like they had requested during Boot Camp, it could have easily been a lost day. The teams were “sent to a location where there was no host, no sign in the yard, nothing happening,” Michelle said. “As our students are trained to do, they went door to door canvassing and inviting children and trying to create a club. They were successful in getting two kiddos.”

“That man took those teenagers knocking on his door, excited to share Jesus, as a sign that God is real and God loves him,” Michelle said.

One knock on the door led to a powerful surprise. The man who answered didn’t have kids to send to the club, but he was “at the end of his rope.” Earlier that day, he asked God to prove Himself – something, anything to show He was real. One knock and a proclamation of Jesus Christ on his doorstep did just that.

“That man took those teenagers knocking on his door, excited to share Jesus, as a sign that God is real and God loves him,” Michelle said.

Michelle said she “felt terrible” when she got the call from the host whose team didn’t show up that first day, “but what I can’t wait to encourage her with is that even through this mistake on my part, her house’s front yard was used to save a man for eternity!”

God can use any of us at any time, no matter the circumstances, to bring Him glory. Michelle got to witness that firsthand, along with a whole team of students. “God is so good – Praise Him that He can work even in our mistakes and failures!”