When I look back at my life, I see someone who was wondering lost down a path of chaos and destruction. I had bitterness and anger in my heart. My life finally hit a crossroad. I was at the fork in the road where I had to choose between life and death. Reluctantly, I chose life and from that point my life was changed forever.
I came to the Mission as “an outlaw.” I didn’t know how God could change someone like me, but I went through the Mission’s Discipleship Program anyway. Things changed in Phase 2 and God radically changed me. After graduation, God put a calling on my heart to join the Mission’s Ministry Internship Program. I didn’t know how God could use an “outlaw” for good, but I soon found out how.
A typical day in the life of a Ministry Intern includes meeting with guests, assisting in our Intake Process (the first step for all guests coming into the Mission), case managing men who are in 1 of the Mission’s 8 programs, and more. There are many challenges that come with being a Ministry Intern, but the rewards far exceed the challenges. My favorite activities of my day include teaching the Not a Fan Class at the Mission (this is the class that changed my life and where I gave my life over to Christ) and witnessing to other men who are struggling.
I have been asked before why I decided to dedicate 1 year of my life to the Ministry Internship. It’s because these are my people, and this is my Judea. This is where I found true recovery. This is where I found a real relationship with Jesus. I didn’t know then, but I know now that God was using my life to build a testimony that would inspire other men to change their lives. There is a lot of hurt and brokenness in our cities and God is equipping me to be a part of change in our cities. When I think about how God is using me at the Mission, I often go back to a quote from Mark Twain. He said,
“The two most important days of your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why.”
I am blessed to say I have found my why and I am honored that God chose an “outlaw” to be his hands and feet.
Ministry Intern Graduate, Class of 2019