Check out this testimony video from our interns class of 2013!
Check out this testimony video from our interns class of 2013!
When I came into interns I wanted to grow in my faith. I wanted to grow in knowledge of the Word and learn to trust the Lord while being away from my family. It was hard for me to leave my home, my parents, my sisters, my church, and my life in Ontario. But I knew it was what God was calling me to do, to lay down things, to step out, and to trust Him. Now that I’m finishing the year I can say that God has met me. I have loved studying His Word and applying His truths to my life. We serve such a faithful and good God. In reading the Word the Lord has taught me so much about Himself and what my sole purpose in life should be -to give Him glory. It’s not about me. It’s all about Him. The more time I spend with Him, the more I want to be like Him and live my life for Him. The Lord has also taught me how to rely on Him in all situations. Not having my family here to lean on, for big or little things, has allowed me to find strength and comfort in Him alone. He wants me to come to Him first. He has shown Himself to be what He says – the source of every good thing – love, comfort, peace, security…. By His grace, He is teaching me to be more and more like Him. “Teach me your ways, O Lord that I may walk in your truth. Grant me purity in heart, that I may honor you” - Psalm 86:11
My year of Interns has been an amazing journey of learning, growing and doing life with incredible people. Through the Lord leading me to do Interns, He has taught me so much about myself and the joy that comes from being obedient to Him, and walking in His will and plans. This year I have learnt to rely on the Lord as my strength and support. Not to try and do things on my own or of myself but to fully trust in the Lord. I have also had many opportunities to grow in leadership and develop the skills I have been given. I am thankful for the awesome leaders who have been supportive and encouraging during this process. I have so enjoyed serving the Church and the blessing of being in communion with people that have such zeal for the Lord and vision to see His Kingdom established on earth.
JOY. That’s the one word that comes to mind when I think of the past nine months of doing Interns. I have been filled up with an incomparable joy and my character has been changed, my mind has been renewed, and every day I am reminded of His glorious nature and of the love He has for us. I went from thinking that it was okay to live a comfortable Christian lifestyle, while slowly becoming complacent, to being filled with joy to serve and to listen to the voice of God. It’s not just about hearing what He says, but it is actually about obeying Him and seeking out what following the will of God in my life really means. I used to live with my face turned downcast to the earth, my life being consumed by meaningless things, to now living with my eyes lifted up to heaven, knowing that one day I will be there with my Lord my God for eternity. Although life is not always easy, I know that He is my refuge and strength. To the one who sits up on the throne, be blessings, and honor, and glory, and power FOREVER.
Coming into this second year of interns I felt a bit stagnant—like I was just turning my wheels without much movement. I felt the need to be ministering more and growing in faith and love. I had a lot of theory and not so much practice. I went into the second year of Interns saying, “I need to live it!”
This year has just been incredible; Jesus and his Kingdom has become so much more real to me and I’m learning what it is to live only for his glory. In the way I spend my time and my thoughts; in how I respond to others and in how I lead; my life is for the Lord’s glory. In this reality, there is no room for stagnancy as I go forward in life—for I strive to do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).
When interns began I was in a place where growth was desperately needed. Immediately after the start of this program, God revealed to me that I was nowhere close to the finish line in my Christian walk. Just a few weeks into interns, roots were being revealed, and shortly after, those roots were in the process of being ripped out. I say, “ripped” out because it wasn’t some fast paced process where I went to sleep and woke up as a different person. But rather it was massive chunks of character flaws and issues of the heart being stolen away without warning, and it hurt too. Having to recognize how sinful I really was and am is very humbling and challenging because we want to be better. God has done a work on my heart in this school year. Bitterness, anger, and insecurities had footholds on my life and the enemy wasn’t ready to let go of these without a fight, but with the guidance of the staff and other students these footholds were revealed and dealt with, properly.
Pride has always been an issue I’ve dealt with and God has so graciously continued to remind me that I have no reason to be prideful; He says this out of love, not condemnation. The Lord has saved me from my own sinfulness time and time again, and this course has consisted of a lot of, “Oh! It all makes sense now!” as God reveals to me why He let things happen the way they did. God’s sovereignty is something Christians don’t focus enough on, if we learn to recognize that God has never failed us, swallowing our pride will become a lot easier since we have no reason to think we can. “Do it better.” We can’t. God is Good, Faithful, Sovereign, and He loves Me. Sometimes, I don’t understand why. But I am ever so grateful that He does.
This year of interns has been an incredible time of growth and new experiences. I’ve been blessed to have such great fellowship with amazing people. It’s difficult to sum up all that God has done in my life this year, but I am overjoyed to say that He has renewed me and conformed me more and more into His image in response to my dedication. I’ve benefited so much from establishing required spiritual disciplines, receiving valuable, wholesome teaching, and being in an environment that spurs me on towards Godliness. Through interns God has shown me how to establish basic principles in my life to be a real man.
March 26 - Spend the day in the life of an intern! You’ll take part in classes , ministry links and much more! Did we mention you’ll get free lunch?
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Every year the Revolution Interns play a massive role in making Revolution Conference happen, and every year conference proves to be more and more incredible! 2013 was no exception - check out some of the highlights!
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