Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Interns

The word intern means an assistant or trainee working to gain practical experience in an occupation. I’ve come to the realization it means much more. Streams Canada has an internship program. Part of our trip was to minister to the interns (group pictured above). It was the best part of the trip. These are extraordinary young people that I fell in love with. They are passionate for God, willing to serve and open to whatever God would impart to them. They made us feel special and in the end, I was blessed more than they could know. Each of them have unique gifts and talents. By the end of the trip I wanted to see how many interns I could sneak back to Washington with me. In the short time that some of them have been there, you can plainly see the work that God has done in them. Looking at them I see them at the end of their journey. The world will be blessed when they move forward towards their destinies.

There are two houses (one for the guys and one for the girls). They were meeting in the girl’s house for prayer and worship when Tom and I arrived. We went straight there when we finally landed. Their welcome was warm. They were excited, but little did they know that I was elated to meet them as well. They come from different parts of the world. We got to share the story of how we met and impart some life’s lessons we’ve learned along the way. The time spent with them was priceless and joy for us. We left a bit of our heart there and took a bit of theirs home.

The class went well. The subject matter (strongholds, submission, forgiveness, lawlessness) is not always easy but the concepts help us to better ourselves. I enjoyed working with Tom. It amazed me that after all these years I can still learn so much from him. The couple (Eric & Joni) in charge of the intern program was both gracious and generous to us. Joni and I became fast friends. She has a great sense of humor and we laughed so much. The class ended early on Saturday night and we had an opportunity to see a bit of Vancouver. We went to a very nice restaurant for dinner called The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant. The food was great and the company even better.

We had no trouble coming home on the plane. No delays and our luggage arrived with us. Yeah! Miracles do happen with air travel.

So thank you, Lane, Ronny, Rachel, Jennifer, Cameron, Joshua, Justin, Erin, Christine, David S., Jesse, Hannah, Danielle, Ashley Tyler, Bethany, Kulbir, Anthony, Jamie, Claire, Rebecca, Noah, Sharayah, David C., Eric and Joni for a great time. Thank you for allowing us to come and spend time with all of you. Our lives are richer for the experience.

© Nadine Z. 2007

9 comments:

Art said...

That's a blessing. Working with young people must give you great hope for the future of the church.

Danni said...

I know they are blessed to know you guys as well...as are we - many times over! Love you tons!

Scarlet said...

Sounds like a fun, rewarding experience. The restaurant part would've been my favorite!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Nadine!

Keshi said...

wow thats alot of happy interns :)

Keshi.

Dawn said...

It is always so encouraging to see young people on fire for God and know that His work will continue uninterrupted, and probably even better than we have done.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

palmtreefanatic said...

What a Blessing, this is wonderful Nadine!!!

Debz said...

Wow sounds like you had a wonderful time! Isn't it a new fuel for us to be around youth who are so empowered!!
Happy Thanksgiving Nadine.

Louise said...

Sounds like a great time!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Shaunda said...

What a blessing I find working the young people...THANKS for sharing!