June 24, 2013

My Life as an Intern

This year I again  have the privilege of being the Summer Children's Ministry Intern at King Road. Though the title of my job description is long, the objective is simple: help children experience who God is. With my job come very random tasks like getting crafts ready, registering and promoting our summer programs, and  recruiting volunteers (if you have not gotten a phone call from me about volunteering this summer, you will get one soon:).

This year has been a bit different than last year. I have been able to teach more regularly and have been consistently involved in the Sunday School program. I really enjoy building relationships with kids. This has mostly come by sitting next to them while singing or kneeling next to them and crafting together. I would say that the relationships are the favourite part of my job. 

Something that God teaches me over and over again is how God works through children. There is never a "too young" or "too old" to serve the Lord. One Sunday, I was sitting in the pew waiting for the service to start when I got a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to find a little girl smiling at me. She handed me an offering envelope and then ran off. This girl just wanted to give me something and the only thing she found was an offering envelope. Though this gesture was very simple, it had a big impact on me because this little girl reminded me that I needed to give to the church. How have your children or the children around taught you? If they haven't, maybe you have not been listening. 

Being able to work with children reaffirms my passion for becoming a teacher. I am very thankful that I have this opportunity to both serve the Lord and gain experience.

I have been asked to share some prayer requests. I could ask for prayer that TREK, VBS and Soccer Camp would run smoothly, but I feel that often it is when things are not perfect that God's work can truly be seen. Because of this, I want to share three praise items instead:

1. God has blessed us with an abundance of volunteers for Soccer Camp and TREK. So much so that we have had to decline some people who were very willing to help.

2. There have been many children who have registered for the Summer Programs who do not have a church history. This is the main reason for hosting these programs. Praise the Lord!

3. Lastly, earlier this month, we were uncertain if we would be able to even run the second week of TREK because there were so few children registered. I am glad to say that as of today, we have more than enough children to make TREK possible.

Thank-you very much for your support and your willingness to volunteer. Without a church to support these programs and a God who moves hearts, these programs would be fruitless. 

Vanessa Hein

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