PAST: I recently finished my first year as a student at Rosedale Bible College, where I plan to complete an associate’s degree in Biblical Studies/Youth Ministry. With taking a year between graduating high school and jumping into college, it was a bit of a rocky start to get back into the swing of school. God proved Himself faithful and I managed to find my rhythm again. It was a great year of meeting new friends, connecting with a new community and most importantly diving into God’s Word like never before. I took classes focusing on biblical interpretation, Christian history, and surveying the New Testament. Hours upon hours were spent reading through Scripture and books that would better help me to form my personal relationship to and stance on important topics. Rosedale is so much more than simply a college campus, it’s a place that nurtures finding answers to big questions. Professors feel like family, and truly invest in each of their students. I was honored to be a part of such a close-knit community.
PRESENT: After serving with REACH in Ecuador for six months in 2017, I felt God calling me to further explore ministry. I want to familiarize myself with what a life of ministry looks like in the States. This summer I will be an intern here at Evermore, with community outreach being my focus. I’ll cover various tasks such as; answering phones, writing midweeks, attending meetings and anything else the pastors decide to throw my way. My larger projects will include; working with the Hartville Migrant Ministry, coordinating a few weeks of the Community Summer Meals, helping with VBS both here and at a church plant, as well as chaperoning the Ambassadors (junior high) trip to ALIVE. I am looking forward to this opportunity of being exposed to all areas of ministry, and discerning where God is calling me to use my gifts.
FUTURE: Starting in September I will be back with Rosedale Bible College, as a member of their Bridge Program. Bridge was designed to pair study and reflection with ministry experience and vocational exploration. I will be taking classes part-time, living in Columbus and interning with Victory Ministries. Victory is a non-profit organization with the vision of reducing poverty through providing immediate needs; food, clothing, and health care. They believe in moving people from instability to stability with employment, life skills and job training. I will serve as an on-site Spanish translator, be a part of their tutoring program for inter-city schools and overseeing the growth of their food pantry.
I know that God is going to use my time at Rosedale and the things I learned while there to further enrich my experience as an intern here at Evermore. I also look forward to the ways that being an intern here, will prepare me for my internship with Victory. Thank you all for this opportunity to serve the church and have exposure to ministry. I ask for your prayers as I continue to seek what God has for me.