Emma Dyke is from Red Lion, Pennsylvania and has been a part of Arrowhead's ministry for 4 years. It was only natural that she'd join us for the Launch Initiative after graduation! She began her year here excited to use Shepherds Camp to launch her passion for service and care and was excited to learn more about camp ministry and the therapy fields.
Throughout The Launch Initiative she has learned about leadership and discipleship among a multitude of other things. She has developed a passion for leading others, which was a skill she did not realize she had. Because of TLI, she has had the opportunity to practice leadership as she learned about it in the classroom setting. She learned so much about herself throughout the program and developed a clearer understanding of both areas that need growth and focus, as well as areas of strength. She has found further clarity in her unknown future through the opportunities TLI presented, and is planning to attend Lancaster Bible College to study Leadership and Disability in 2020.
Selena Gerlach came to Arrowhead from Lancaster, PA. She graduated high school in May of 2018, and is excited to be a part of Arrowhead’s gap year program because it has given her the opportunity to gain ministry and life experience, serve and care for others, and grow in her faith. She is pursuing a nursing degree after her gap year, and is thankful for the ways Shepherds Camp and The Launch Initiative have prepared her for that; specifically how it has grown her in leadership, confidence, teamwork, and love for God and His Word. It also gave her the ability to decide on pursuing her Bachelor's in Nursing, and ignited in her the passion for nursing and how she will be able to use her knowledge to care for people in practical ways.
Karis Ritchey is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She came to Arrowhead to work towards nursing using our unique ministry framework as a catalyst. She was especially looking forward to gaining life experience and training through the programs and classes through her year. Her goal at the end of The Launch Initiative was to have a clearer picture of where and what God wants her to pursue.
After pursuing several shadowing opportunities, she discovered that nursing wasn’t the route she wanted to take. Nevertheless, she was grateful for TLI’s encouragement to chase after opportunities because they showed her how valuable experience can be. Over the course of her second TLI semester, she found a love for small business and has now begun the process of creating her own art business. TLI pushed to cultivate this interest by surrounding her with valuable resources and an abundance of learning opportunities from business to life and leadership skills. Through their unique approach to college, they allowed her to get a jump start on her budding dream and take actionable steps in the right direction.