Thank you for training New Generation Leaders
This summer we had several Interns serving with Global Encounter. They were truly some of the greatest young Christian leaders in our Nation. The following are some sound bites of what God taught them while here this summer. How I wish we had the space for you to hear their entire experience. Please pray for these young lives!
Jared Bone - This summer, God taught me and showed me so much. God used opportunities, people, and Biblical truth to bring me to a state of brokenness. Through this time, God showed me so much about community and openness whenever I was physically and emotionally drained. God brought me to that place so that I would simply rely on Him. Worship, fellowship, and service flowed so naturally from this new reliance on Christ.
Sarah Rapp - It has really been a blessing to be part of an internship this summer at FBCA. Through it, God has taught me that my life is not mine. It is not about me, it is not mine to rule over, and I have no rights. My life is God's; it belongs to Him alone. It is all about Him, it is His to have total rule over, and everything given to me is not deserved but strictly an act of mercy by Him. I want to live in total reverence to God, giving up all of my rights and control in order to bring Him glory and give Him what is already His. He can have me today and every day because He is all I want now and forever.
Tayler Terry - I have been blessed to have the opportunity to serve with amazing interns led by incredible staff. Everyone has taught me different things that will be applicable in other times in my life and not just on the mission field. I feel blessed to have been a part of First Baptist Church of Arnold this summer. From Pastor Kenny's sermons to the willingness of letting the Global Encounter Mission Trip use their wonderful facility. I learned the great importance of being flexible with everything, including being flexible when it comes to working with different personalities. I believe this summer has been vital for growing in my walk with Christ and being reminded of no matter how many mistakes I make or how obedient I am, Christ loves me the same - not for that to be an excuse but just a reminder of Christ's unconditional love for me.
Charles Rapp - This summer God showed me how I need his help to overcome the things in my life. I know that if I try things in my own power, it will be out of pride and selfishness. I need to do it God's way and if I don't, it's because I'm not wanting to submit something to Him. Also, I've learned that His way really is best. As a follower of Christ, I will be closer to God the more I am submissive. Otherwise, my disobedience will keep me from being usable to advance God's kingdom.
Ethan Anderson - This summer, God has really wrecked me with my sin. During the project, I had only the ability to rely on God because of how drained I was in every area. When I put all trust in Christ and I found my strength in Him, I saw an unbelievable amount of sin in my life. So, I have taken multiple steps in ridding myself of the sin in which I was stuck. I let go of a relationship that wasn't God glorifying. I also have realized I need to be satisfied in my first love, Christ, before I find another relationship. When it came down in deciding whether to stay at Hannibal, I realized it is all worth coming back and giving a year of my life in a discipleship process that has already happened. In short, God has really rocked my life and I could not be any more stoked and blessed to be a part of this ministry!
Tyler farmer - Through this summer of my internship, I have learned a lot. We had the opportunity to spend time with many different people through Super Summer, The Project, and various other things. After having the opportunity to interact with these people, I have realized that I need to be intentional in the way I spend my time. God wants me to spend time with the lost, but He's not necessarily going to make it easy and fun. I just need to be obedient, patient, and dedicated to the people that He has put in my life.
Brett Jones - It is amazing how awesome our God is! This summer, He taught me what it really looks like to abide in Him. I thought that doing things for Christ would help me please the Father. I believed that the more I did for Him the more He would love me, but that is not true.. God's love is unconditional and He loves me the same. WOW, that is incredible! Lord, please help me to love others like you have loved. When I learn to grow closer to Him and abide in Him, then my natural response of thanksgiving is to share His great name. Thank you, Lord, for revealing your word and truth to me during this internship.
Bobby Dean - This summer God has taught me so much. Before the internship this summer, I had been a leader in our youth group throughout the year leading seventh grade boys in a small group. I have been constantly encouraging them to share the gospel with their friends. But after this summer, I realize that I wasn't doing as great a job that I could have. Seeing students give up a week of their summer to sweat and get dirty for God is really encouraging. Seeing and being involved in that showed me that there is no reason for me to be ashamed of the Gospel. If Paul while in prison was able to still share the gospel through Timothy, what gives me the right to give up when situations get tough? This summer, I constantly reminded myself Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." I've been greatly blessed this summer to have the opportunity to serve with Global Encounter and can't wait to do it again.