My internship with LeaderTreks is quickly coming to a close – exactly a month from today I will be arriving back in Wheaton and then a day after that I will be heading up to Bethel for RA training. Our last group arrives next Saturday and they will be here for our last two weeks in the Dominican Republic; as for this week, we have the opportunity to rest up and prepare for the next trip.
As I look forward to being an RA at Bethel, I am extremely excited for the position but I know that it will be challenging. Looking back I can’t help but praise God for how He has provided by opening so many doors for me. One night I felt urged to randomly apply to be an RA (mind you, this was way past the deadline to apply) in a senior hall where my roommates and I were going to live. I interviewed with a couple Resident Directors and they offered me an RA position in a freshman hall; I prayed about it and felt like God was pushing me to be a freshman RA instead of an upperclassman RA. The only problem was that my roommates and I had already picked a room in the nicest dorm, a senior hall, and essentially we would be living next to all of our friends. Well when I told them about the position I was offered, they backed me by agreeing to move into the freshman hall with me; the fact that my roommates were so supportive and excited about moving into a freshman hall that doesn’t have AC and isn’t next to all of our friends is just another reason to praise God.
I can tell that God has been preparing me for this position by giving me this internship at LeaderTreks. As an intern, I develop deep relationships with students, study Scripture with them, and challenge them to apply it to their lives back home. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to prepare for this upcoming school year, I’m thankful that God has given me this opportunity.
This summer aside, God has surrounded me with an excellent staff and group of friends to support me in being an RA. My roommates are excited for the opportunity to serve God by mentoring and hanging out with freshmen, it’s refreshing to know that I have a group of solid Christian guys living with me. The other Resident Assistants are excellent examples of students who wholeheartedly pursue the Lord and finally my shift leaders (they lead a weekly Bible study with my floor) are Godly Christian men.
All in all, God has blessed me with so much and I absolutely can’t wait to take what I’ve learned during this internship and apply it to my job as an RA. A few weeks ago I got a list of my residents and I’ve been praying that God would prepare them for Bethel. Below are pictures of 2 of my 4 roommates and one of my shift leaders.