Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Intern Training 2017 brought so much joy to my heart that it is a little difficult to express it to you here. I’m sure that at some point in your life you have had that shocking sense of how BIG God is. It feels like he peels back a little corner of a curtain and gives you a tiny peek at how He moves in lives and circumstances and it just about knocks you over. Just a tiny look knocks me over. I wonder sometimes about heaven when we will know fully- just as we are known in full. When I think about mom, I wonder what she now knows about God that the rest of us only see tiny glimpses of. Makes me smile.
My last update left you awaiting the intern’s arrival at our headquarters in Malenovice. I spent the day helping my friend Martina get organized with arrival packets, room assignments, name tags etc.
The interns arrived in a downpour, after dark, completely exhausted but exhilarated by the Amazing Race. Team Estonia took the win (by a few seconds over one of the Czech teams!) for the second year in a row! We got them settled, had snacks together, and all went to sleep to the sounds of the most gloriously LOUD thunderstorm.
The week was full of worship, and learning about Josiah Venture- it’s history, mission, vision and method of disciple-making. It was full of training in team building, teaching English, working with a translator, sharing your testimony, sharing the gospel in Eastern and Central Europe, spiritual warfare…etc.
Each team had time to meet independently of the large group. I was adopted by team Poland and learned SO much about the ministries of JV in this country. I loved it.
I had the joy of spending one-on-one time with some of the interns and lots of the Intern Directors that I work with from each JV country. This time was so valuable to me. I got an email yesterday morning from one of our Intern Directors, Katka, in Latvia. It said this:
Hi Ruthanne! I have to tell you, writing you emails now is way more fun because I have fun memories with you 🙂 Can’t wait for the next time we get to hang out! I LOVED our day together!!