Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hope Springs:
Eternal Benefits of Spring Break and Interns
 March saw various groups and potential interns descend upon the Impact campus to serve and love the people of downtown Houston.  Many visiting youngsters will come back to work during the Summers.  Some will apply to be summer interns, and among those, it is likely that some will eventually come to work with us full-time, like recent staff members, Tyler Gentry and John Carson.  Tyler has blessed our young women with special outings, cooking at members’ houses and just being in their lives.  John is Impacting the young men in the same way.  Both are refreshing ministers who bring hope into the lives of many.

Although John is a great servant, he is humble enough to be a learning disciple.  He shares what he learns from those around him in the following words. 

   “Sunday, I found myself sitting next to three or four children of ours who often misbehave. I sat with them on the second row, and I watched them play tic-tac-toe and attempted to keep them quiet, while I tried to listen to Les preach about the Beatitudes. I remember thinking, “I wonder if they’re getting anything out of this sermon.”
Of course, I’m more than happy with them sitting quietly and playing tic-tac-toe, but I also think God wanted to show me something that morning. As I listened to Les, I glanced down at the seventh grade girl next to me. She had “Blessed are the pure in heart” written on her hand. I thought of Jesus and the little children coming to him. God wanted to remind me that he is good and likes to surprise me all the time.”
When we listen and share what we learn we are like a spring that refreshes.  We are life-givers, whether we see instant results or not.  So, we continue to share and trust God to cause seeds to grow.  Consider sponsoring Impact interns who are ready to serve and learn.  See what God will grow for His kingdom!

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