I had planned to post a lot in June because there was so much happening that I wanted to inform you about, but often the most productive and fruitful times of ministry are when we are most likely to go silent because there just isn’t time for everything. So forgive these rather late updates.
One of the highlights for Ryan and I in June was helping direct the World Team summer internship. We had three awesome ladies take part and serve during that time. It had been five years since we really got to be a part of the internship, and back then… we were the interns, so it was awesome to be on the other side. Working with young adults is honestly one of both my and Ryan’s greatest passions in ministry. I love the energy and openness they have, and getting to walk alongside them, cheering them on, often as they make key life decisions. Here are just a couple of explanations about what the internship looked like this year.
- During their time we jumped right in (literally the day one of our interns arrived, sorry Allison!), starting out with some Gospel-centered teaching sessions and mentoring times. This lasted for a couple days. We wanted to see where they were at and make sure they were feeling connected to God and were intentionally cared for by a mentor (this year since it was three ladies, it was me and two other women colleagues doing the mentoring).
- Then there was a training time on the Paris Prayer Conference, where they learned about what all their responsibilities would be before and during that week. One of the more intimidating things they had to learn was the entire public transportation system of Paris & the surrounding suburbs, because once the conference started they met people at the airport and helped the participants with basically anything they needed.
- Another key purpose of the internship was to expose the ladies as much as possible to French culture and the Christian culture here. So they got to visit several churches, hear testimonies of a few French pastors, and visit key places and museums in Paris.
They were such a fun group and very quickly became an amazing team. It was such a joy to get to help guide their experience, but mostly just to hangout with them. The World Team internship is an annual opportunity for young adults, college age and older. It looks a little different each year depending on what’s going on here, but often helping with the prayer conference is a key component. Stay tuned in case you or someone you know is interested in applying.