Even as you read this, students are wrapping up their Christmas break and making final plans to head back to campus. We expect to see several new faces this semester, both new full-time and part-time students. We’ll also see a few who have chosen to rejoin us after a time away from campus.
We won’t be seeing 18 of our fourth-year students. They are scattered across North America and overseas, engaged in a full semester of supervised ministry. They’ll be missed here, but welcomed where they are.
This internship program, the gold standard for student ministry experience, allows students to experience their chosen vocation first-hand. They will be able to test drive the theory and theology they learned in the classroom. They will get to sharpen their skills, whether in worship leading, preaching, counseling, or teaching. Most importantly, they will experience God’s transforming grace in the midst of on-the-job learning.
Please join me in praying for these students. Ask the Father to keep them safe in travel, whether to Calgary, South Carolina, or elsewhere. Pray that God will use them in the lives of those with whom they minister, whether helping to lead a recovery program in a New England hospital, a pregnancy center in New Brunswick, a program for autistic children in Pennsylvania, a discipleship ministry in Wisconsin, or one of several other opportunities.
Ask God to further shape these interns into the image of His Son. They will face new challenges, whatever their specific ministry. As we’ve all experienced, challenges can be great but can be opportunities to grow. Pray that they will hang in there through the challenges, so they can experience the fruit that waits on the other side.
Finally, pray that God will prepare and guide them for the next chapter of their lives. After their internship comes graduation, and then what? Most are still seeking the Lord’s guidance; will you join them in prayer?
Thanks for all the ways you partner with us in the wonderful things God is doing in and through some of the finest students you’ll meet anywhere.