Saturday, June 21, 2014

I don't want to be the same when I leave...

Jamie, Emily, and Mallory working at Ms. Dorothy's
One of the many blessings of my role with the ministry is getting to walk alongside and mentor the interns who give up their time, move to Louisiana, and serve with us!

This summer I have the privilege of being surrounded by three young women who are seeking the LORD and desiring to serve Him.  Their names are Emily, Mallory, and Jamie. 

When I asked them the question "Where do you see yourself at the end of the summer?" The general consensus was: "I don't want to be the same when I leave..."  What did they mean by that?  They want to strengthen their personal walk with the LORD, they want to be stretched out of their comfort zone, they want to experience God in new ways, and they want to show the love of Christ to those in need.  They want to be forever changed by this summer experience that when they go back home, people see a noticeable difference.

Please join me in praying for them.  We have taken time to get to know each other, explore our strengths and wiring so we understand each other better, and served as a team on Ms. Dorothy's home.   We were able to move Ms. Dorothy into her bedroom after sleeping on a couch for a year and a half.  Praise the LORD.  They have been able to meet two of the local church planters and hear how God called them into ministry.

Me, Mallory, Jamie, and Emily experiencing a Louisiana swamp tour
Another God praise: The girls have found a weekly church sand volleyball league where they have made friends with other young adults.  This week we have volunteers so they will be immersed in meeting volunteers and seeing how the ministry focuses on transforming volunteers while they serve.  God is doing great things and we have to give Him all the glory, honor, and praise for what He will do this summer!

Our memory verse:

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners..." Isaiah 61:1