Before I get into orientation week, I just wanted to share a few things I should have mentioned in my last post. I want to make everyone reading this aware that I’m not planning to sugar coat any experiences in these posts. I want to use this blog, not only as a way to share with people what’s happening during my time with Engineering Ministries International on this internship, and share how God is working, but also as a way for me to work through these experiences. I know there will be lots of joy, but there will also be difficulty and pain, and something I feel God has really been challenging me to do in the past couple of years, is to search for the joy in every single situation, because it is there, whether present yet hidden in the moment, or whether it is revealed later through the lessons we learn through difficulties. God’s goodness can be found everywhere.
On that note, I would love to share the joy that has been present this week in our group in Colorado Springs. It was a very full week, with many presentations, workshops, small group discussions, worship, and fun. I’ve loved every minute. Being able to get to know the other interns, the new staff, and the current staff who planned such a wonderful week for us, has been a absolute joy. As our intern coordinator Molly mentioned several times this week, I truly believe that God called each of us here for a reason, during this time, with these people. From awkward cultural interactions during our culture workshop games and slippery hikes, to awesome mealtime conversations, heart-to-heart small group sessions, and beautiful personal testimonies, it has been a week to remember, and a week we have all been drawn closer to God and closer to each other.
As we fly off to our different destinations today, I pray that each and every one of my fellow interns has enjoyed this week as much as I have. I pray God will use you in incredible ways to write His story across every nation. I’ve seen His light inside all of you, and I look forward to seeing His plans unfold, if only we remain brave enough to trust and follow Him. As hard as it was to say goodbye this morning, and still again later today, I’m confident that many of the relationship built this week will be long lasting, and I am so incredibly grateful for that!
So, as I sit waiting for our flight out of Georgia to the Netherlands, and then onto Uganda, I’m praising God for His abundant gifts. He is so very good! I cannot wait to meet the rest of our team in Uganda in just a few (as in 20+) more hours and I cannot wait to see how God works over the next few months!
Thank you so much EMI, for this incredible opportunity!