What have you found to be the biggest factors in making a positive impact in other people? Over the years it has become quite clear to Jason and me (Jalina) that ministry and spiritual discipleship in others takes time. In our busy and independent American culture it can be difficult to get extended amounts of time with other people… even our closest friends. So after returning from Uganda we decided to look for a house where we can house other people in our basement as a ministry outreach allowing us more time and interaction with people, specifically with EMI college-aged interns.
After visiting 56 different houses in 2016 we finally found one that we liked, but sadly the basement was unfinished. Jason, with significant help from our family, finished constructing the basement over the next year. Finally, at the beginning of this year we had our first two guy interns live in our basement- Jared and Jordan. Drew, Blake, and Cole loved having them stay with us. Our boys would hug Jared and Jordan’s legs as soon as they walked in the door telling the interns every detail of their day. Hopefully this was good training for Jordan and Jared for what it is like to be a dad – being attacked with love coming home from work every day and not being able to take off a coat or put bags down!
During our weekly dinners with Jared and Jordan we were especially able to share life with one another. Sometimes that meant talking about one of the interns engagement plans, navigating God’s calling in their lives, processing their first overseas missions experience together, or debating how best to evangelize.
They just wrapped up their internship and we said goodbye as they head off to the next season of God’s calling in their life. In their closing comments, Jordan said how he was touched by our family and especially in Cole’s tremendous excitement to see him every time he walked by- it was a picture of how God is so pleased with us and cherishes every moment we spend with Him. Jared left in his goodbye note, “Thank you for the talks, the advice, and the fun! God is doing special things with you and your family.”
The EMI internship term is often times a very impactful experience for these next generation leaders and we were excited that we had the opportunity to be a small part of their transformational time.
“For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
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