This blog will now be the place for my newsletters concerning my time with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) for The University of Alabama.
I, and my fellow 86 (!) first-year interns concluded our time in Atlanta, GA in early June. We stayed in Atlanta for our orientation as new RUF staff. It was great to meet all of the people that I will be with for the next two years, even if we will be separated by geographical distance. God showed me His grace during this week in allowing me to see glimmers of beauty and hope in these other first-year interns. It is easy for me to pass by these glimpses into heaven. Thankfully though, I saw God’s face in the faces of these fellow interns, in the faces of these new friends.
This is Mary Hannah, my co-intern. We will begin working together at The University of Alabama in August. We had been introduced over the phone prior to the first week of June, but it was so good to meet her in person for the first time. She is from Nashville, TN and went to school at Birmingham Southern College. We are both so excited to work with Stewart Swain, our campus minister, in order to bless the city of Tuscaloosa.
I would love to invite you to pray for me. I have plenty to do before moving to campus, and plenty of change awaits me. Pray that I have the confidence and ability to show others the full vision of what this ministry is doing by God’s grace. Pray that I can relinquish all of my independence and pride as I am called to raise funds, that I can be humbled and grateful before God and others. Pray that I Ama able to adjust to all of the change included in this next step. Pray that I am able to cultivate friendships with my fellow interns and find friends in Tuscaloosa. Pray for my move to a new place, and pray that I am able to do well for my campus, my fellow staff, my students, and my God.
I have raised around $14,000 of the $35,000 I have been asked to raised for my first year. This means that I have raised $1,115 / month of the $2,900 / month of the money I need to raise. This puts me at just over 40%. I would love for you to consider supporting me, first, through prayer, and, second, through financial support. You would be joining me in this mission, and therefore you yourself would be doing ministry.
HOW TO GIVE
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A STORY FROM ORIENTATION
I wanted to invite you into the narrative of the week I spent in Atlanta. One part of our time there stands out in my head. After 6-8 hours of classes, we closed one of our days in prayer over each other. 90 people earnestly came before their Father, whom we all are dependent on, in supplication. We, then, proceeded to sing the doxology, all of us together.
Praise God fro whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
This moment – all of us singing with one voice – presented to me a clear image of the Church. I was thankful that God would have placed me in that singular moment.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:5-6 (ESV)
THE STUDY PROGRAM
For the internship program, I have just finished Knowing God by J.I. Packer, Counterfeit God’s by Tim Keller, and The Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen. I am currently reading Side by Side by Edward T. Welch and The Book of Mark.