Natalie Garcia became a student intern last spring, and her life took a whole new direction.
A junior, as part of the Vanguard University and SoCalNetwork internship, she served at Santa Paula, under Pastor Adelita Garza’s supervision, ten hours a week for ten weeks. She drove there every Friday night to rehearse with the worship team. Then Saturday morning, join in the prayer times, work on a joint outreach to the city, spend some time with Adel, and stay over to help lead the Spanish and English services on Sunday. And to watch.
She watched Adel, a female church planter/pastor, as she preached, prayed, led the growing congregation, interacted with the other pastors in town, and led helping ministries in city outreach, touching the needs of the town.
She thought: “What a wonderful way to live, and to impact people!”
And then she thought: “I’d like to do that. I think I could do that!”
Then came the day, and the new assignment from Adel:
“Don’t just lead worship. Next time, you do the teaching!”
She did. And the congregation affirmed God’s touch on her speaking.
She has been going there every weekend ever since, long after the internship program ended, and has become part of the congregation. Her focus, and relationships, have changed.
Now she is preparing for the pastoral life she saw modeled, close up. Internship does good things for interns.
In February, a new group of interns will go to some of our churches. Let us pray for divine appointments as they go.
Ministry is still more caught than taught.
Contact Adel at agarzaMGS@msn.com for more information.
To learn more about the VU and SoCal Network internships, contact Dave Gable at firstname.lastname@example.org.