SWO Staff: Catie Cloys

What is your job at SWO? How long have you been here?

I am currently the office intern here at SWO. I worked on summer staff in 2016, 2017, and 2019. I am currently a part of the 2019-2020 intern class. #SWOlfpack

Were you a camper? How did you hear about SWO?

I was a camper from 2009 to 2015. My church came here every summer I was in the youth group, and I came every year with them. Every time I came to SWO, I loved it more and more. The Lord began to call me here later in my high school years, and the staff would tell me to apply. I graduated high school, went to App State, and realized I could actually work on staff that summer. One of my old counselors from when I was in 6th grade wrote me a letter and sent me a care package to encourage me to apply. So I prayed about it a lot, applied, and got accepted to work in the summer of 2016 after my first year of college. 

What is your favorite SWO memory? 

When we all hiked up to the cell towers to watch the sunset and worship the Lord together. 

What is your favorite camp meal?

Chicken and Dumplings 

What is your favorite rec?

River/Duckies

What is the best part about being in the SWO Institute?

I really enjoy the community here. You live and work with the same people all year, so you really see your sin and other peoples’ as well. It is very sanctifying. In the SWO Institute you are also being poured into constantly while also pouring out to campers and the community. I also think one of the best parts is getting to know the full-time staff. During the summer, you can do that well if you are extra intentional, but you can really get to know full time better during the institute year. 

Your salvation story in 3-5 sentences. 

Growing up I lived to please people and my worth was found in what others thought of me, and this manifested itself in the way I sinned against God. Then, I was convicted of my sin, God revealed Himself to me, saved me of my sin, and now I have a personal relationship with Him. I now live in light of this redemption. My worth is found in Him alone, not what the world thinks of me. The Lord continues to make me more like Him everyday as he reveals more of my sin through showing me himself. 

In this season, what is the Lord teaching you?

Right now I am currently in a season of transition from being in college to going overseas. So it’s been a lot of preparation to go. Especially with everything with COVID-19, I have been learning a lot about the Lord’s sovereignty. I have learned that the Lord’s timing is better than my own. Just looking back on the past year, I am thankful the Lord called me here for this time to prepare to go overseas. There have been a lot of things that have happened during this Intern year that I needed to be here for, and God knew that. So, I have been learning a lot about God’s timing and trusting the plans he has for my life, as well as being obedient in them. Even in the little things, he is faithful. I have seen this in scripture as I have been reading through the New Testament in Deepen Discipleship everyday. 

What are you currently studying or reading?

I just finished Deepen Discipleship through the IMB. It is an intense study through the whole New Testament. But, it is required for me to be a journeyman. I am now studying Colossians with my community group this summer. 

What are your long term plans? What do you see yourself doing in the next 5 years or after you leave Snowbird?

My plan for the next two years is to go overseas with the IMB. After that time, I may stay longer and go career with the IMB or come back to the states and pursue a Masters in Public Health to eventually work for a faith-based public health non-profit. However, in whatever capacity I plan on working in ministry. 

What is one thing you want the person reading this to know? How would you want to encourage them?

I want to encourage you to be intentional with the time the Lord has given you and where he has placed you in this season you are in. Consider how you are investing in others, look for opportunities to build relationships, and to ultimately share the gospel and point others to Christ. Don’t waste the time of the season you are in, rather, look to see how you can be intentional in it. God has put you where you are for a reason, and you’ll probably never be in the same season, with the same people, or the same environment. I encourage you to invest in people, serve others well, and surround yourself with people who will encourage you in your walk with the Lord. 

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