By J.C. Cartee
Patrick Henry College
Skydiving, surfing, and campaigning in Hawaii – Patrick Henry College sophomore J.C. Cartee shares his story of working in Hawaiian politics in summer of 2010.
Sophomore J.C. Cartee in Hawaii
My contact with the Cavasso campaign was made following a speech I presented in a PHC speech competition. The recording of my speech made it into the hands of the campaign manager, and, with a lot of help from Aaron Kamakawiwoole and other PHC contacts, I was in Hawaii 48 hours after completing my last final.
God’s favor was incredible throughout my entire stay there. While I didn’t know anyone upon my arrival, God brought amazing people across my path who definitely made a lasting impact upon my life. And living on Kailua beach in a house with a swimming pool isn’t bad, in and of itself! Through church groups, people I met at various venues, soccer leagues, and people from work, I rapidly made a large network of friends.
Cartee (R) on the campaign trail for 2010 U.S. Senate candidate Cam Cavasso
However, I think my greatest adventure was the spiritual journey on which God took me during my time in Hawaii. Coming off a hard semester which had left me feeling spiritually dry, God filled me again over the summer, and I left Hawaii feeling recharged. Also, God gave me the opportunity to lead someone to Christ -- the best part of the summer, without doubt.
Working for Cam revolutionized the way I view politics. I had always viewed it as a game where the players were separated only by a different set of values. However, Cam’s heart for serving the Lord through politics changed my perspective. Though he has been in politics for almost twenty years, his purpose has not changed. He challenged Senator Inouye on a platform of free markets and Christian values.
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