Written by Valerie, PR Intern
There are some great people here at the Mission and, as a PR intern, I got to be a part of bits and pieces of their individual stories and learn wonderful lessons from them.
Some of my favorite lessons include:
- Learning that you can find people who genuinely care everywhere, from the mom who gave me a giant, warm bear hug, with overjoyed tears in her eyes, after I told her my recent engagement story.
- Learning that very real change is possible from the sweet old man, once a solitary confinement prisoner, who entrusted me with a frame of his favorite poem, Footprints.
- Learning that Christ-like friendship is a wonderful thing from the gorgeous, wacky girls in the office who like to sing and dance to early 90’s songs I’ve never heard of (and also get work done, of course).
Here are bits and pieces of other amazing internship lessons that are going on around the Mission this summer:
Learning that it’s never too late for redemptive transformation:
“I’ve had the joy of watching men in the New Life Program who are absolutely in love with the LORD, seek Him, knowing that He is their only hope. As they invite Him into all of the messy places, only they can truly experience the transformation of His love and presence in their lives. I’ve seen the power of Christ’s presence in witnessing tangible and lasting change in these guys, which has filled me with hope that it’s not too late for any of us.”
-Eric, Mentoring Intern, from Colorado
Learning how to humbly teach others:
“It’s giving me the preparation to be a teacher. Since I want to work with underprivileged youth, this internship has provided key experiences into showing me how to interact with youth who have not grown up with the same privileges.”
-Cameron, Youth Intern, from Minnesota
Learning what community looks like:
“Living in the midst of interns, men in the New Life Program, and families at The Crossing has given me such an appreciation for community. The atmosphere at The Crossing is filled with joy and being able to be able to interact with many different individuals has shown me what Christ’s love looks like.”
-Jeremiah, Refugee Services Intern, from California
Learning how to engage with people that are different from us:
“Not only do I get to interact with both the refugee families we work with and their mentors, but I actually get to mentor some families and see their transition and growth from when they first arrive in the US to when they have become self-sufficient members of the community. As an intern I’m so glad I get to bridge that gap to those seen as “outsiders” and be among the first to accept them and befriend them as they transition into their new lives.”
-April, Refugee Services Intern, from Minnesota
Learning about working for a greater purpose:
“For me, the best part about working at the Mission has been working with people who genuinely love God and love people. Working in operations, I work less with individual people and more behind the scenes. Everyone works to serve the Lord daily in both speech and deed. People are willing to laugh, have fun and enjoy the work they are doing, because they know it is for a cause that is greater than them.”
-Caroline, Operations Intern, from Alabama