Record-breaking team of young adults being equipped for ministry
Twenty-two summer interns and three year-long residents arrived at our Chicagoland ministry center last week and have already been learning what full-time ministry looks like.
This year, we celebrate our largest group of young adults ever as they work toward audacious goals like creating 100 Prayercast videos, developing a new podcast and reaching people with the gospel.
The interns live together in four different houses. Since moving in May 20, they spent three days on a retreat in Wisconsin and began full-time work alongside OneWay staff.
“God has already shown up for me in the community among the young adults and staff,” Communications Resident Claire Nyberg says. “They are willing to come alongside you and glorify God through fun, engagement, learning and worship. It’s a really beautiful and encouraging thing to be part of.”
Two interns are international students from Taiwan and Myanmar, choosing to spend their summer on mission rather than returning home to their families.
Our youngest intern is just thirteen years old, gifted in video editing and looking forward to reaching the goal of creating 100 videos.
“I am enjoying hanging out with the other interns and learning more about video editing,” Craig says.
These three plus a team of 14 others have begun editing Prayercast videos, which they will finish in the next nine weeks, Lord willing. They bring skills in audio engineering, videography and music to other projects like building new recording spaces and running worship for summer events in our ministry center.
Five have joined our Advancement Team, fundraising and writing stories about God’s work around the world and inspiring others to get involved through design, photography and other creative media. They will also launch a podcast with testimonies from young adults who are using their skills to fulfill the Great Commission.
“I am excited to be part of telling stories of how God is working around the world and encourage other young people to share the gospel with those who haven’t heard it yet,” Nyberg says.
Three other interns fill needs in marketing, writing and donor relations with ministries like Prayercast and Digital Evangelism.
“More people will know Christ at the end of the summer because of the work these interns will do,” Digital Evangelist Sparrow* predicts.
While they work, they are raising funds for their own ministry to help pay for rent, meals, activities and a stipend for 10 weeks of work. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with an intern this summer as they pursue Kingdom-advancing work?
Support one of our interns or learn more at owm.org/supportanintern.
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