In Appalachia, I was able to grow in my relationships with friends, those I encountered there, and, most importantly, with God. I worked on a construction site for most of the trip. Our group was building a roof, front porch, back porch, and two staircases for a family. We were not only able to help this family have a warm home to live in during the winter, but we were also able to build a relationship with them.

One particular God moment that I experienced while on the job site was when I was able to pray over the owner of the house. She explained to my friends and me how she had just found out that a close family friend had been fatally hit by a tow-truck. After hearing this, I felt the Lord tugging on my heart to pray over her and for the family that had just lost their daughter. I had not prayed over a lot of people, so I was not exactly sure what I should say, but as I started to pray, the Lord guided my words and thoughts.

After the prayer, we talked with the lady for about an hour and as she was talking, I thought to myself how amazing it is that God placed us in her life at that particular time so that we could comfort her as she was dealing with loss. I was in awe of just how amazing God’s timing is. We did not plan for this encounter, but God just made it happen. It struck me then of how perfect God’s plan is for me. I trust Him even more now because I know that even when I have to face valleys and mountains in my life, I know that He has that perfect plan for me.


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Katelyn Potyondy

Katelyn Potyondy, junior, has always enjoyed writing and reading. She particularly loves writing poetry for The OLu MUSE. In her spare time, Katelyn dances in Advanced Dance at Orange Lutheran and outside of school at the Elite Dance Academy of Orange County. She has danced since the age of three and practices around 25 hours a week. Katelyn can’t wait to be part of the MUSE staff for the second year. But most importantly, Katelyn always strives to work hard and put God first in her life.