It’s that time of year when college students are looking for summer jobs and internships! Which means businesses and ministries are recruiting! Power Ministries is in that process as well! Each summer we host one or more college interns to travel with and for us. The interns travel with Power Ministries to Handi-Camps where they work with the campers, teach and use their other gifts in leadership roles (crafts, music, sports, etc). Interns will also work in the Home Office learning the ins and outs of non-profits, preparing for camps and fund raising. Interns have also traveled and shared the ministry in presentations at church camps and VBS’s in a missions capacity.
David was an intern during the summer of 2014. He has worked with us for several years as a Handi-Camp volunteer since he was 14. He says it’s one of his favorite summer activities! He shares, “My first year of school (college) was coming to a close and all of the engineering internships that I had lined up fell through. So, I went home to New Albany and started looking for a job. After a week of looking with no luck, I posted on Facebook that I was in need of a job and Roy quickly commented back. I went to the office the next day to discuss the intern position and everything fell into place! The scholarship was what I needed for school, the job was fun and helped others, and I was surrounded by Christian leaders that allowed me to grow in my faith!”
Despite any nervousness he felt prior to beginning his internship, David came on board with energy and enthusiasm! He brought with him creativity and techno savvy that helped US out a great deal! Most of all he had great relationships with the campers! David said at first he was concerned that he might not be able to meet the needs of the campers in the way that he needed to, but that his fears were quickly diminished with training, leadership from the staff and leaning on other volunteers when he needed a hand. Philippians 4:13 was a constant for him throughout the internship: ‘I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.’ David says, “Looking back, I can’t help but notice that we get in the way of ourselves a lot of times. We think too much and make a situation different that it really is. I’ve learned that when it comes to camp, all you need is love. Everything else can be learned.”
When asked what his best piece of advice would be for anyone considering an internship with Power Ministries, David shared “Come prepared to love! A lot of these campers have been taught that they aren’t equal to “normal people” or that they are incapable of most things. And that’s where we step in to show them love and teach them that God’s love covers all and that they are absolutely perfect in God’s eyes. So be prepared to love and be loved.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!
If you or someone you know is interested in a Power Ministries internship for 2015, contact our home office at 812/945-4117 Registration forms can also be printed off our website HERE and send them in as soon as you can!