Preparation for Internship Program

What is the internship program?  This internship program is an opportunity to get a feel for missions, dive deeper into God’s Word, create life-long friendships, and learn more about God’s plan for you.

What is TEAMeffort?  TEAMeffort is a missions organization that reaches out to people in the United States by helping rebuild homes for communities who are in need.  They provide opportunities for youth groups all around the nation to help out in places and in situations that are unique and, in some cases, life-changing.  TEAMeffort shows God’s love through works, through faith, through worship, through teaching, through encouragement, and through community.

Why do you want to do the program?  Missions are what I want to do for the rest of my life, and have been what I felt God was calling me to do since I was 11.  I have had several amazing opportunities to go on mission trips all over the world, and TEAMeffort is an organization that I’ve loved working with in the past.  I feel that God is calling me out of a season of rest, back into the mission field, and I felt like an internship with this organization would be a good step for me as I head back into longer-term missions.  

What are you hoping to get out of the program?  I am hoping to become more confident in my abilities and gifts that God has given me, that I am pushed out of my comfort zone, that I am able to learn new things about myself, God, and the call He has placed on my life, and that I can learn to continually lean on God through all trials and tribulations.  I also hope that I will learn new skills that will help me in the future, as I pursue becoming a medical missionary.

What are you nervous about regarding the program?  I am nervous that I will try to push myself physically in ways that I am unable to do anymore, and that I will disappoint myself and others when it comes to doing a lot physically.  I want to be the best I can be, and I’m nervous I won’t live up to my expectations.

How have you been preparing for the program (spiritually, mentally, packing, etc.)?  Well, I’ve figured out most of what I’m packing!  I love packing for trips like this, and I am looking forward to finishing up packing everything; it’s the best feeling!  Mentally, I am trying to plan ahead of how my schedule will look for the internship and my schoolwork because if I don’t have an idea of what I need to do when I will fall behind!  I’m making a detailed list of my classes and the assignment deadlines, so I know I will be prepared! Spiritually, I have been spending more time with God, asking the Holy Spirit to guide me in this season, and just spending time worshipping God every chance I get.  It never ceases to amaze me how refreshed and energized and happy I am after spending time with my Father!  

Starting the Internship Program

I’m so happy to have finally started the internship program!  It has been so nice to get to know everyone and begin working on what we will be doing on spring break!  I’m really hoping that I become a better planner this season, as I am not the best at making sure that I have enough time to do everything.  I’m worried that I won’t be able to have enough time to stay on top of my school work and still have the experiences of being an intern with TEAMeffort.  I’ve worked with TEAMeffort for a few summers now, but I haven’t been here for a couple of years, so getting to walk around the camp and seeing all the new things that have been added has been awesome!  Getting to know everyone has been so fun, and we’ve already had some adventures to Wal-Mart, learning how to make chicken-noodle soup, and playing games!  The office staff have been so welcoming and so ready to put us all to work!  It’s been so nice catching up with some of the office staff I know from my previous summers.  I am super excited for what this season has in store, and I can’t wait to see how God moves through everything we’re doing over these next few months!

West Virginia Retreat

Well, I don’t think it was really a mission trip, but it definitely was a lot of fun!  We went to West Virginia for two days, to take a break from all the Spring Break prep we’ve been doing, and to become closer together as a community!  I really loved learning how to ski, but I have to say my favorite moments were when we were all chilling together in the cabin and worshiping in the evenings.  I love being with a group of people who loves God as much as I do and more!  Getting to know new sides of each other was quite fun, like who was the most willing to go up the highest slopes, or who was the best at writing random songs on the spot, or who was the one who would just sit and watch the snow falling outside the windows!  It was a fantastic, eye-opening experience, and I feel like I learned that the other interns are more than willing to work hard and have fun every day!  I personally loved skiing the bunny slopes while it was snowing on us on our second day, and I was just in awe of God’s imagination the entire trip!  I loved singing silly songs and having deep theological discussions at midnight, and I also loved those quiet moments where I could just sit and appreciate the community around me!  God has been teaching me some things that I have sort of pushed into the back corner of my mind, things I haven’t really thought about for the past year or so, like how my identity is in Him, that He has chosen me for a purpose, and that His plan is so much greater than my own!  It was a trip that was a little bit difficult for me as I have had a lot of struggles with my health over the past two years, and having to depend on others was really hard for me.  But God is showing me that my strength is not what defines me and that I am not a burden when I ask for help; instead, I am helping others grow in the gifts He has given to them when I admit I need help, and I am growing closer and closer to Him the more I need His strength to get through the day!  It was a truly fantastic trip, and I can’t wait for all the other experiences we will have as a staff as this internship continues!

Preparing for Spring Break

I have been practicing my guitar playing and singing a lot to prepare for Spring Break!  Relearning how to play with a keyboardist, djembe player, and other singers has been so much fun, and I am super excited for chapel during Spring Break!  I am a little bit nervous about going onto the mission sites, especially on days that I have class in the morning, as I am worried that I will let myself and the group I’m working with down, but at the same time, I am so hyped to be going back onto mission sites!  I love working with youth and teaching them new skills, and having them teach me new things every week!  I am so ready to meet everyone who is coming for our Spring Break weeks and work with them to impact the community!  As far as I know, right now I am the lead guitar player for worship every night, and I will be leading a mission site.  I have seen myself grow more in being vulnerable with my community, and I’ve grown in my dependency on God’s strength rather than my own!  God is also working with me about growing in my faith and trust in Him as I face some challenges with school and my health in this season, and finding joy in the little things!  I am praying that the campers who come grow closer to God during their week with us, that they can return home more confident in their faith, and that they learn they can show God’s love and Truth wherever they are, not just on a mission trip.