Intern Reflection Series // Post written by Gabe Sullivan
Hey everyone, Gabe here!
I’m so excited to be able to share with everyone how the Lord has worked and what He has taught me over this absolutely amazing summer He’s blessed me with.
First, this entire summer has been one of the best that I've ever had the pleasure of living. The Lord blessed me with so many new experiences and the opportunity to meet so many new people this summer. I can never praise Him enough for it! This internship as a whole kind of came on unexpectedly in the spring; when my youth pastor asked me if I would consider being an intern it surprised me very much. I prayed for a little bit on the subject but quickly jumped into it and decided to apply, even if I was somewhat skeptical. I felt the Lord calling and was ready to see where it went. Praise Him that I was able to hear the call!
From day one, the Lord began to teach me many things. I learned how to be part of true Christian community.
So much has happened with them: dance parties at 1 AM, the South Church basement flooding, the “Internmission” talent show, many late nights of work or Anomia, failing at laser tag, trying and LIKING coffee for the first time ever. So many great stories and that’s not even talking about Team D yet.
On the second outreach week, I had the pleasure of being a participant while still being an intern. The huge amount of work aside, I was blessed to be part of the best team ever - shoutout to Team D!
As soon as the week started, my team and I bonded instantly, and every experience made us grow even closer. From volunteering at Youth Challenge and Kinsella to dinner at the Torres-Serranos’ home to eating out at Banana Brazil Grill to Love Wins to worship every night - a family formed that week - and still to this day we keep in touch. Before this summer I had 3 or 4 friends I kept in contact with, but now I keep in touch with over 20 and it’s awesome!
Being a part of both the Interns and Team D has brought me into new places of wonder and awe of God. God desires for us to be in community and He has brought me into that this summer. As it says in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12,
Another thing that the Lord has taught me this summer has been to live my life by prayer, one day at a time.
Up front, this seems like something so obvious, but how many of us actually do it? No, we freak out and forget that the God of the universe is with us and is always there to lead, help, and protect us. All we have to do is humble ourselves and ask Him for help. He will always answer. As it says in Matthew 7:7-8,
The Lord taught me so much over this summer. But perhaps the biggest thing he did was cause my faith to come alive for the first time.
I’ve had faith for a while and the Lord has been at work within me, but this summer my faith came alive fully for the first time. With that came so many new opportunities to do work for His kingdom - opportunities that I never would have had before. Just in these past couple weeks, I’ve had numerous chances to serve and pray with others, whether people I knew or complete strangers! And the chances to pray with others only continues to grow as time goes on! The Lord fulfilled His promise as He says in Ezekiel 37:5,
A life in Christ is fully realized when we let the Lord do His work, when we are in community with each other, constantly seeking Him in prayer, and being ready to obey His calling upon our lives.
I can happily say that this summer all these things happened because the Lord allowed them to, and I pray that it continues onward.
Praise Him for everything! Lord, continue to guide us as we go about the next year into the entire future! Let your spirit fall upon us and hold back attacks of the enemy at all points.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Thanks everyone for reading!
Have a great year!!!
Intern Reflection Series // Post written by Gabrielle Ger
Hey, I’m Gabby. A lot of you might not know me, since I wasn’t originally part of the internship team here at The Hartford Project, but that’s honestly just a testament to God’s great power and His awesome, unexpected plans.
Anyway, here’s a quick rundown of who I am:
My name is Gabrielle Ger, or Gabby, and I’m from Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford (CBCGH) in Bloomfield, CT. This summer, I participated as a leader for CBCGH during the first outreach week, and then subsequently - and surprisingly - became the kitchen intern for The Hartford Project! I’m currently studying music and psychology at UConn, and I love making music and baked goods (sometimes at the same time).
Now that intros are over, let me tell you about how God has done amazing things this summer to bring me back to The Hartford Project over and over again.
First, I volunteered as one of the four leaders that went with my church, and that was a really cool experience. However, it all really started when I signed up to help in the kitchen during THP’s second outreach week, right after getting back from the first outreach week, because I wanted to do more with The Hartford Project.
Then God just took my action and desire to help and absolutely ran away with it. Before I knew it, I had dedicated the rest of my summer to doing what I could to help the THP staff, and I’ve honestly loved every second of it!
During the outreach week, God just poured incredible amounts of strength and peace on me, and I got to experience the joy of the Lord all week. Despite the sparse hours of rest I got during the week, I was energetic and ready to serve all week. I found an amazing, loving community in the kitchen team - full of genuine conversation and witty banter alike. It felt like I belonged exactly there and there was a sense of rightness that I hadn’t really felt elsewhere with such intensity.
This summer, God has shown me how intentional and unexpected His plans are, and how powerfully He can work in anyone who is willing to answer His call and act in faith for His glory.
God has been bringing up this particular verse to me:
This verse has been a great reminder all summer that I should not only learn about God and His place in my life, but also act on His directions and follow wherever He leads me.
Even more so, God encouraged and spoke to me through some of the people I met during the week, both in and out of the kitchen. For example, He’s shown me how much a person can do when they take action for the Lord and His kingdom. During the second outreach week, the interns had the opportunity to have dinner in the home of a woman who lives in Hartford and attends House of Praise and Worship for church. Through this woman’s testimony, I learned how God has done incredible things in her life and the lives of her children and grandchildren as a result of her acts of faith and way of living in accordance to His doctrine. In this way, God showed me how much a person can impact the lives of the people around them when they take action for God’s sake.
Finally, I want to end with a verse to encourage you all. It served as another great reminder for me throughout the outreach week and most of this summer:
Jonathan is the last member of our intern team I will be introducing you to. He is serving as our Admin and Discipleship Intern this summer.
He participated in The Hartford Project for the first time in 2016 with Poquonock Community Church. During this summer's July outreach week, Jonathan will also be participating as a student as well as working as an intern.
Jonathan enjoys hanging out with friends in his free time and playing lacrosse.
During our June summer outreach week, Jonathan enjoyed working with THP staff and participants and singing along during worship. He can’t wait for another week!
When you see him at THP you can address him as: Jonathan, Jonny, Jon, or J J Ron.
We hope you loved meeting all of our incredible 2018 interns!
Written by Christina Perreault
Next I will be introducing you to Natsalla!
Natsalla is the discipleship and worksites intern for summer 2018. She graduated from New Britain High School in 2017 and is now studying Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University.
Natsalla first participated in The Hartford Project in 2015 with her church, Glory Chapel International Cathedral. Natsalla always loved serving at worksites and interacting with the people of Hartford.
Natsalla's favorite color is yellow. When she has free time she enjoys singing with friends and family. She even helps lead worship with her church.
Natsalla is a hard-worker and joyous person. We love having her on our team!
She loved visiting worksites on week one and she cannot wait to meet more of you during our second summer outreach week!
Written by Christina Perreault
Gabe is serving this summer as the Worksites and Life in the City intern. He has been participating in The Hartford Project since 2013. “I’ve been able to meet new people in the city and new brothers and sisters in Christ."
Gabe (back row, second from the right) with his team after their restaurant dinner // 2016
His favorite verse is Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.”
A couple fun facts about Gabe are that he loves anime and creating new stories.
“Any new experience that THP brings is an exciting one to have. Meeting new people, going to new places, eating new foods, doing new jobs.” Gabe is looking forward to participating again and serving in his new intern position.
Gabe (far left) at THP during Love Wins // 2017
Wave to Gabe if you see him during the week!
Written by Christina Perreault
Lydia is back! This year she will be serving as the Love Wins and Life in the City intern! She attended THP for the first time in 2014, and this is her second year interning. We are so excited to have her back and cant wait for you to learn more about her!
Lydia (far left) on THP // 2014
Lydia is about to graduate from Southington High School as valedictorian and will be attending MIT in the fall.
Lydia // 2017
She loves worship jam sessions with her friends and baking yummy treats to share and eat.
Lydia baking with her friend
Lydia loved being able to intern last year while still participating with her team and is excited to do the same thing this summer!
Lydia (holding umbrella) with her team at Love Wins last year // 2017
Say “hi” to Lydia if you see her during the outreach weeks!
Written by Christina Perreault
Next I will be introducing myself!
My name is Christina Perreault, and as this summer’s communications intern, I have the chance to introduce you to all our interns through this blog series! This is my second year interning with The Hartford Project and my seventh year involved with the summer outreach weeks.
Christina advertising a free car wash during her first year of THP // 2012
I just graduated from The Master’s School this year and will be attending the University of Connecticut in the fall. I am excited to see what God has planned for my future.
Christina // 2017
I cannot wait to see what this summer entails!
Written by Christina Perreault
In this blog post series, I will introduce you to this summer’s interns. We’re excited to welcome back two returning interns and three new interns! Each of these hard-working interns will be managed by our incredible intern supervisor.
The interns are so excited for the summer!
This year Alexa Carlson will serve in this important supervisor position. Alexa grew up in Wintonbury Church and has had a devout love for God from a young age. She just graduated from Liberty University this past May with a degree in Business Admin with a focus in International Business! One day, she hopes to start her own humanitarian aid business.
Alexa first participated in The Hartford Project in 2010, the summer before her freshman year of high school. She loved her experience. “It really opened my eyes to the city of Hartford, that there is need in Hartford. It pulled me out of my comfort zone,” said Alexa.
Alexa serving during her first Summer Outreach Week in 2010.
Alexa’s favorite color is purple. She loves to eat cheez-it crackers and drink coffee with friends.
Alexa (left) enjoying some coffee with her friend.
As a former student and leader, Alexa is excited about helping THP this summer in a new role. She cannot wait to meet you all during the summer outreach weeks!
Alexa (middle row, second from to right), with her team, serving at THP as a leader in 2016.
You can support Alexa's position by choosing "summer staff" in the below link and donating!
Post written by Christina Perreault
2017 has been a year of great blessings and growth at The Hartford Project (THP).
We ran two Summer Outreach Weeks and our third annual FallServe Weekend Outreach. During these events, we served 390 participants from 27 different churches – including ten new churches! Students from these churches partnered together to serve with over 20 local non-profits and ministries, engaged questions of social injustice, prayed over our city, and grew in their relationships with God and one another.
This year, THP hired Jacquelyn Perreault as the organization’s first full-time Program Director and filed as a non-profit organization. Having a full-time Program Director has enabled us to reach out to new churches, inviting them to experience and share God’s love in Hartford!
We also implemented smaller Sub-Committees within our Planning Team – better valuing everyone’s time and talents and doubling the size of our Planning Team from fifteen to thirty members. This allowed our teams to provide better programs for our students and increased church collaboration - with sixteen churches represented on our 2017 Planning Team.
As we reflect on this year, we are overwhelmed by God’s goodness and faithfulness in this season. And as we look towards 2018, we are excited for all God will accomplish as His Church continues to unite together to experience and share God’s love in Hartford!
As THP continues to grow, we also face new challenges and increased costs. Your end-of-year donation will help us finish the year strong, and allow for even greater ministry opportunities in 2018.
As someone who has witnessed the impact of THP in your family, church, or community, would you consider partnering with THP by making a one-time donation, setting up a recurring donation, or joining our prayer team?
We are excited to see how your increased partnership will enable The Hartford Project to further inspire unity in the Church while blessing the Hartford community! Thank you!
HARTFORD CITY MISSION CHRISTMAS STORE: NEW & UNWRAPPED TOYS
Wondering how you can give more than a toy this season? Through Hartford City Mission (HCM)'s Christmas Store you can give the gift of joy and dignity to the whole family!
So how's it work? You donate new, unwrapped gifts and HCM sets up a huge Christmas store - with a variety of toys - all marked at tag sale prices! Parents have the opportunity to choose gifts their kids will love AND proceeds help subsidize the students' overnight summer camp. Last year, there were 1,500 toys in the Christmas Store, and the store raised $2,000 for overnight camp!
Where: Glory Chapel, 221 Greenfield Street, Hartford
When: Monday-Friday, through December 4th*
*Call Danielle (860.246.0132) to schedule a drop-off time.
The Model: Re-Thinking Christmas Giving
We think the Christmas store model is pretty great, and worth sharing. As HCM will tell you, they borrowed the idea from Bob Lupton at Focused Community Strategies in Atlanta, GA. Check out the video below to learn why - and how - they re-thought Christmas giving.
Check Back Next Week For #GIvingTuesday
Written by the many voices of The Hartford Project!