Intern Reflection Series // Post written by Lydia Yu
Interning for THP again this summer has been filled with unexpected blessings and lessons, and the experience was completely different from last year in the best way. There are always new things to learn about God and serving, and God certainly did not disappoint in showing how He moves this summer!
During THP Week One, I was a participant with Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford in addition to being an intern. It was such a joy to serve alongside the members of my youth group, become closer with them, and watch all of us grow in our relationships with God. That week, I didn’t realize how much shame I had carried beforehand and the constricting boxes I had put around God’s love until I fully experienced the depths of His love during Week One. I was weighed down by sin and the way I had pushed God to the background during my senior year of high school, and I felt as if I was not worthy of all of God’s love. However, as we sang “You Are Good” on Monday night, I could feel God emphasizing to me that his love is boundless and infinite; it doesn’t matter how much we’ve sinned or how far away we feel from Him because He still wants us and loves us.
As the Life in the City and Love Wins intern, there was a lot of work to do, and it was especially stressful during the June Outreach Week when I was a participant in addition to being an intern. Combined with the anxieties of beginning college in a setting that was very new to me and the work I had to do in preparation for that, I became overwhelmed with stress at times and would doubt my decision in becoming an intern. The Enemy discouraged me as I grew frustrated with myself because I knew that I had been able to handle higher workloads throughout high school, and I felt very incapable of serving God. But God is faithful; throughout the summer I learned to surrender all of my worries and stresses to Him, and I discovered a peace and joy that can only come from God. He reminded me that I didn’t have to be perfect to serve Him and that He could give me strength for anything as long as I depended faithfully on Him.
THP has been such an immense blessing in my life, and the internship has helped me build a strong foundation in my faith that will be crucial to college life and beyond. This life is one that I live with the sole purpose of bringing glory to God through the gifts that He has given me, and though it may be difficult and filled with trials, I have confidence that God is with me through everything and He will never leave me.
Everyone ran for shelter (the interns found shelter under the tables) while it rained. When it started pouring a number of people rushed into the church, while others crowded under tents. And then, it started hailing, and just about everyone ran into the church! We all were in there drying off and bonding over our soaking, squishing sneakers, when outside, the hail cleared up, and a beautiful double rainbow appeared.
running for shelter, and since we were stuck inside, we all got to talk and meet new people.
Isn’t it true that when we go through “storms” in our own lives, God uses them to bring us closer to those around us? God can use the “storms” in our lives to bring people to us that we can lean on. We can quickly bond with those around us when we are going through something difficult. It helps us recognize our need for each other. That’s what happened that night in the storm.
The coolest part, was that when all was said and done, God had placed a double rainbow in the sky. Everybody loves a rainbow, but isn’t it amazing that as Christians we can look at rainbows as a promise from God? After the storm, there’s a rainbow. A promise. How beautiful is that?
So maybe our block party was rained out, but God still used it to move in incredible ways! We got to make new relationships, bless others, and be blessed, all the same. And even in the storm, we got to see a beautiful double rainbow afterwards, and it made for some pretty good stories!
Post written by Jenna Adendorff.
The host family was extremely welcoming and conversation flowed naturally, so naturally in fact, that we got caught up in discussing life in Hartford and were late back to the general meeting! I had the opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day life in Hartford, and to get to know some of the people that lived there. I came to realize that people in Hartford are just like me, they have the same hopes and dreams as I do, and I developed a deeper love for the city and its people.
She is excited to serve as an intern this year because she will be able to experience even more of THP and Hartford than in prior years.
Being able to serve in the city that I love has always been something I look forward to every year, and as an intern I believe I can take it a step further than I have in past years and really get to spend time in the city helping others. I hope to gain a deeper love and knowledge of the city. Every year I have gone, I have been blessed to meet amazing people, hear stories, and be pushed far outside my comfort zone. I hope that I will be able to serve and bless the people of Hartford through this internship.
Being the Community Events Intern will be perfect for Jaymee! She will be able to impact those around her as she spends the summer preparing for Love Wins in a city that she is so passionate about.
I love getting immersed in the city life, through living in South Church, working at work sites, helping at Love Wins . . . It is incredibly exciting for me to fully engage in serving Hartford for a week.
Fun Fact // Jaymee is bilingual - she can speak Afrikaans fluently.
Favorite Verse // Isaiah 40:28-31 // “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Post written by Jenna Adendorff.
Jacquelyn here, Program Director for The Hartford Project!
I'm excited to introduce you to THP's new blog! Here you can receive updates about THP, find fun things to do in Hartford, and hear from the many people who make THP possible!
For this first post I'd like to share an exciting *sneak peek* at this year's WINNING design from THP's T-Shirt Design Competition. You ready??
Artwork by THP Participant, Emily.
Congratulations to the artist, Emily of Chinese Baptist Church of Greater Hartford!
You'll have to wait till THP to see the finalized design on our Love Wins shirts!
Next Up: Meet Our Interns!
Post written by Jacquelyn Perreault.
Written by the many voices of The Hartford Project!