K A L E O 2 0 1 9

Thanks for stopping by to read about my summer! I'm so excited to see how God will move.
Life Update
I want to bring you all up to date on what is happening in my life. As you know, I am a freshman at Missouri State University and it’s been a great first year! I love living in Springfield, being involved with my sorority, and working lots at my job as a social media coordinator for a local boutique! Another highlight has been growing in my faith through a campus ministry called Student Mobilization. My big, Liz, from my sorority has been mentoring and meeting with me weekly all year and it has made the biggest difference in my life and spiritual walk. I’ve learned the importance of mentorship and discipleship and that I am personally responsible for the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)– “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the ends of the age.”
And, I have an amazing opportunity this summer that I wanted to let you know about.

I plan to attend a discipleship program this summer called Kaleo. It is located in Orlando, FL and is sponsored by Student Mobilization, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry. Student Mobilization is on college campuses in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado, to help students come to know Christ in a personal way, to establish them in their faith, and to help equip them to reach others. Kaleo is designed to help train us in studying the Bible, sharing our faith with others, building strong Christian friendships, and serving the churches in the area. I hope, as a result of my training at Kaleo, I will be able to start a Bible study myself next fall with some freshmen and help them grow in Christ.

I know that after I attend Kaleo I will develop the skills needed to share my faith with the people in my life that I already have influence over including girls in my sorority, girls I work with, and even the people I connect with on my social media platforms. I am so excited for this life changing opportunity but I need some help to get there, it would bless me so much if you continue to keep me in your prayers and consider investing in me financially.

Financial Support
I am in the process of developing my Kaleo sponsorship team to help me attend this program. I would count it an honor to have you pray for me throughout the summer. In order to provide the necessary funds of $2700 by the July 5 deadline, I am also asking people to consider investing financially with gifts of $10, $50, and $100. If you would like to be apart of my sponsorship team,
1. You can donate by card on my personal fundraising page at Caitlin's Fundraising Page.
2. You can write a check to ‘Student Mobilization’ and mail it to me at
Caitlin Pannell
121 Siera lane
Branson, MO 65616
All donations are tax deductible.
Thank you so much for considering to invest!
God's Hand
To wrap up, I just wanted to share how I was able to get to the point of going to Kaleo and God's hand in this whole process because he has been so evident in this journey and I have confidence that this is his plan for my summer!
About a year ago, I went to Texas with my family for my Mom's annual checkups at MD Anderson. While my mom was in appointments, my brothers and I spent time with my aunt. She had just gotten back from a vacation to Orlando, FL and Universal Studios and was telling me about it. During the conversation, she said something along the lines of,
"Oh yeah I meant to tell you, while we were in Florida I met a group of college students from Missouri State! I think they were there with a student ministry or something but we got to talking and I told them about some of our current struggles and they actually prayed for us on the spot."
I said something like "Wow that is so crazy and random, I'm not even sure what that student ministry could be because I don't go there yet," and so on.
What I love is that when they got back from vacation, the prayer these college students prayed for with my aunt was answered.
Flash forward and I started school at Missouri State and joined a sorority the first week of school. I very quickly connected with a girl named Liz who went on to become my "Big" in my sorority as well as my mentor. She started taking me to a student ministry on campus called Stumo and meeting with me weekly to pour into my life. As I said earlier in this post, her friendship and mentorship has changed my life and spiritual walk forever. I got to go to a christian conference for college students with her and other girls in my sorority over winter break called SMC also put on by Stumo. Soon after Liz started asking me if I was interested in going to their summer discipleship program called Kaleo. I explained to her that it sounded cool but I already had my summer planned out in Missouri and wasn't interested in abandoning my plan. She continued to bring up Kaleo and encouraged me to seek out God's plan for my summer as opposed to my own, which quite honestly made me upset because I liked how my summer was looking. I started to feel what I can only describe as God kind of pushing my heart towards Kaleo and I agreed with Liz to trust him and at least see if Kaleo was a possibility for me. I basically had 4 things holding me back: my job in Springfield that I love, working at Kanakuk which I had already agreed to, my boyfriend Braydon, and I had already told a girl that I would live with her this summer. To me, they all seemed impossible to get around but I had to try. I very nervously, over the span of a few weeks, called each of these people and told them my situation, and door after door started to open. Before this post becomes pages long I'll just say that: I will be keeping my job in Springfield and working from Orlando, Kanakuk graciously found someone to cover my position, my roommate is living with someone else for the summer and we'll move in together when I get back, and my boyfriend Braydon is now also going to Kaleo. 
To say I was shocked that this worked out is an understatement and I still cannot believe this is happening but once I let God take control of my life and let go of my own plan, things worked out better than I could have imagined. Now, I am even more excited for my summer at Kaleo than I was for the summer I had planned in Missouri. My heart is so peaceful and I know that this is where I am supposed to be this summer! 
And to wrap up the first story about my aunt, the students she talked to on vacation last summer were from Kaleo.
Before I went to MSU, before I joined a sorority, before I knew Liz, before I was apart of Stumo or even knew what Kaleo was, God knew this was where my heart needed to be this summer and wow he has grown me so much through Kaleo already. 
If you have any questions about Kaleo or supporting me financially, feel free to email me at caitlinpannell@gmail.com or fill out a contact form on my wesbite.