Relying on God in Everything
Post written by Rachel Cook.
This summer I became an intern at THP, and I am so glad I did! My name is Rachel and I am one of the Worksites interns. Originally, I was planning on spending my summer with friends at the beach and preparing for college, but God had other plans. He led me to The Hartford Project internship and said that he was going to use this to bring me closer to him.
After the first two meetings with all the interns, I had only one thought in my mind - why did God choose me for this internship? This thought ran through my mind each day as our intern team put in all our energy, time, and effort to prepare for the first week of THP, adjusting to all the updates regarding Covid-19.
The last night of the first outreach week, I asked God why he wanted me to do this internship because I was tired; I put in all my effort and energy to get things done and help in any way I could, but I didn’t see how it was helping Hartford or helping me grow closer to God. That night he told me that each morning and night I prayed for him to give me the strength and motivation to do what needed to be done and to keep me calm when things shifted. He also reminded me that in the quiet time I spent sitting and reading his word, he took the burdens that were on my heart and showed me that while there are a lot of uncertainties, he is constant and knows that everything will work according to his plan.
Throughout this internship I have made friends with the other interns, developed communication and time management skills, and more importantly grown closer with God. During this internship, God has already reminded me that he loves me and that he has great plans for me.
Whenever I was stressed during the internship or feeling like I could not do anything else late at night, I would put on worship songs and they would motivate me to keep going. A song that I often listened to throughout THP was Even Me by I AM THEY. The chorus says-
Yes, Jesus loves me
Even me, even me
I stand forgiven and free
Even me, even me
Even me, Yes, even me
Another song I listened to was Here’s My Heart by I AM THEY. The chorus is-
Here's my heart Lord
Here's my heart Lord
Here's my heart Lord
Speak what is true
Both these songs reminded me that Jesus loves me and that I don’t have to be perfect because he has forgiven me. Each song also reminded me that even though things are rough and uncertain, God has me in the palm of his hand. By remembering these things, my future in general and the rest of the internship don’t seem so scary and I can’t wait to see what God does!
seeing the unexpected
Post written by Grace Hadden.
Hey y’all! My name is Grace and I am one of the interns this year! Even though it is nothing like I was expecting due to COVID going around, I am having so much fun with all these wonderful people!
I am going to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting to see God move as much as I usually do as a student. With everything going on I thought, “Oh I’ll see him in some ways but not as strong as when we are all together,” but I was so wrong! Not being with all of the students throughout the week was very difficult, but as much as I wish we could all be together, I am so glad we could still have THP in some form.
I was amazed at how all the students didn’t really seem to mind the changes this year, even though they may have been hard. I saw God working through them and saw participants and fellow interns serving Hartford in the best way we were able. God was answering prayers in seconds and helping us make people’s days with hygiene kits, cards and posters to brighten everyone’s days.
I am so excited to see how God works in the next two weeks of THP and I am so happy that all these students are willing to join us in serving him during these difficult times!
Post written by Jaydah Tinker.
Hello! My name is Jaydah, and this is my first year interning with The Hartford Project. It’s crazy to think that it’s already been an interesting journey, and we’re only past the first week. When I was originally interested in being an intern, I was super excited, not only to work alongside an awesome team of interns, but also to see more of the city of Hartford and encourage others to follow their faith through worksites and interactions with the Hartford community.
I crossed off each day on my calendar counting down until I was an official intern. Then BOOM! It was March 13th. Schools were shut down, but that was just the start. From schools it went to entertainment centers, to sporting activities, and even churches. Becoming a THP intern soon seemed far off and unrealistic. When I got the text that THP was still on, I was overcome with joy. It was something to look forward to even in the state of sadness and shock everyone was in from covid and quarantine.
Little by little I got to know the intern team through group chats and zoom calls. The first week of THP came faster than we thought. I spent the week before training to be an intern and working with other interns to update documents for students and leaders to use in the upcoming week. The first THP outreach week consisted of zooming with the churches and praising Jesus through worship and devotionals. It was amazing seeing students and leaders on fire for God and open for new discussions even through a different way of doing things.
My time of being an intern is far from over and my excitement is unexplainable. This internship may be different from what I expected, but one thing for sure is that I have met an amazing group of people who push me to serve God and think deeper about my relationship with him. They have motivated me when it seems like we've hit a dead end, and I’m happy to call them my friends. This is just the start of our summer, and although I may not know what is going to happen next, I’m excited for the weeks to come and the positive change that will be brought to Hartford not only for this summer but forever.
Written by the many voices of The Hartford Project!