Adventure for Jesus – Summer 2014 – Joshua 1:2-3
"Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses."
Throughout the school year, learning and discovering an occupation takes the forefront of students' minds. The word "summer" brings a sigh of relief as classes stop for most, and focuses shift because of the short reprieve of a summer job, family vacations, or simply enjoying the sweet, glorious leisure of being able to do absolutely nothing. Yet even in these summer breaks from school, vocation never ceases as the calling of the Lord continues. And so the adventuring of life goes on. Here we want to give you a little glimpse into some of the vocations of our students as they go out in the summer. Sometimes the calling brings adventurers to new countries, peoples, and lifestyles such as Mozambique, Jamaica, Ghana, or Los Angeles. Sometimes the adventures remain closer to home, starting simply with community. God's call to Joshua included every place his foot would tread—both near and abroad. With the urging of Christ and hearts ready to go forth we share our adventures with Him.
Adventures for Jesus
I took an internship shadowing Steve White, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Asheville, NC. Working with Mr. White I sat in on treatment team meetings; clinical staffings; as well as individual, family, and group sessions with clients. Mr. White provides court mandated therapy to adjudicated, adolescent sex-offenders through the organization, Barium Springs. In the state of North Carolina, if a sexual offense is committed under the age of 16, the court adjudicates (the adolescent equivalent of a conviction) the perpetrator as a juvenile, not an adult. The child has the option of either going to court, going to juvenile hall, or going to court mandated therapy—enter Barium Springs and Mr. White.
Adventures with Jesus: LA Dream Center
This summer I interned at the Dream Center in Los Angeles California, a large Christian non-profit multi-department ministry that seeks to serve the LA community by finding needs and filling them and finding hurts and healing them.
I knew going to a new place and culture would be challenging, but I figured I could handle it. I came in thinking I was capable, equipped and prepared to bring change. But my adventure with Jesus brought me to a place where humility was the only way to survive and complete surrender of my illusion of control to the reality of God was the only answer.
“Adventure for Jesus!”
That's what we were taught at our last UnChapel. We were challenged to throw our summer plans into the fire and say yes to Christ's plans for us instead. Just two days before this service, I found out that I was going to be a volunteer missionary at the Los Angeles Dream Center for the summer. I felt a little silly writing "internship at the Dream Center" on a piece of paper and throwing it into the fire. Hadn't I already given up my plan and taken His when I booked my flight that morning? I was going to work back home in Boston. I was going to learn how to play billiards and golf. I was going to three weddings, two graduations, and several birthday parties. I was going to have a car at my disposal, so I could go for a dunks run anytime I wanted (to those not from New England that means: get my favorite iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts). Now I would be doing none of those things; I'd be going in the opposite direction, literally, and be spending my summer in SoCal serving instead. I threw my plan in the fire; I said yes to adventure. I dropped my nets and I followed.
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