2016 ENGAGE Interns – Megan

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We want the world to know that the biggest privilege for Transform Student Ministries is hosting young people of all ages for summer EQUIP Boot Camps and the ENGAGE Internship. We love investing in young men and women. We are humbled and excited to spend intentional time with them, and to see their hearts and lives change through the power of the Word of God. In short, we serve God by participating in discipling students through Scripture. At the moment we’re introducing each of this summer’s ENGAGE interns! If you’ve missed any of the posts, just click here and read away.

MEGAN

We’ve not had the pleasure of Megan’s participation with Transform ministries before; but we are full of peace that she is a fit for the ENGAGE internship, and excited to get to know her! Hear for yourself what specifically drew Megan to the internship, and what she hopes to gain.

I want to help equip young women and men to be able to withstand whatever comes their way by helping them become deeply rooted in the Word. With that training, they will, hopefully, be able to help others do the same. I have heard many success stories from friends and acquaintances who were greatly impacted by the training received at Precept. These friends have been clear examples, of knowing and teaching the Word well, especially within the context of their local churches. I feel the training will be beneficial to me and those around me as I hope to, Lord willing, enter the mission field soon after the summer of 2016.

Megan wasn’t always so passionate about the Lord or His Word. What was it that first attracted her to Christ?

I grew up going to church every Sunday with my family. I was not very involved in the kid’s ministry at our church, but I remember believing in God in elementary school because my parents said they did. Our pastor always talked about how all people are bad and need God to make them good. While in middle school, I noticed a change in my brother’s life. He was different, but I could not figure out what had changed. All the sudden he respected my parents more, and even challenged me to do the same. 

Has the righteous act of another person confused or upset you? How did Megan respond?

I knew he had started going to youth group with our cousin, so I decided to attend with them in order to see why he enjoyed it so much. Once there, I saw something I had never seen, people singing with all of their heart to God. I had been to church on Sundays, and sang with the congregation, but this was different. The students around me were raising their hands and I could see them being moved by the words of the song. I realized at that moment that I was an outsider, but I did not know why. 

Have you ever felt like an outsider in church or around church-people? The difference between what Megan understood from her pastor (that people are bad and need God to be good), and the genuine worship she witnessed at her cousin’s youth group is joy. The first message is true, the second is attractive. Romans 2:4 explains that it is God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. We all need His kindness to soften our hearts! Let’s see what His kindness did in Megan’s life:

I continued to go week after week. While listening to the sermon each week, I began to wonder if there was more to the Bible than just a bunch of boring rules and even tried reading it myself. The wonder grew into a deep longing that would bring me to tears each time I tried to read the Bible, because I every time I tried it did not make sense.

Have you ever felt desperate, because you didn’t know how to understand the Bible? Thankfully, our God is never far from us and desires for us to know His voice (John 10:27-30). Being desperate may look weak in the world’s eyes, but Psalms 34:18 promises that “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” So how did God’s nearness save Megan?

The summer before my freshmen year of high school I went to my church’s summer camp. At camp I started to get to know my room leader, Rebekah Lovell, and noticed she was unlike any Christian I had ever met. She cared for me and had a genuine love for the Bible. It was as if the Word was alive to her. She was always excited about studying and learning what it said. As the week went on I realized that what made me so different from her, and other believers, was that they had surrendered their lives to God. I do not remember the date, but I do remember going to the altar one night that week and begging the Lord to take control of my life. After hearing God’s word all week, I realized that He was better than anything I could try to dream up for my own life.

What a truth to bring us hope and awe – God being better than anything we can see with our eyes or create with our imaginations! But what about Megan’s relationship with Scripture?

When I came home from camp, I was hungry to know more about God, and what His word said. I had heard about mentoring, and asked Rebekah if she could mentor me. She would meet with me weekly, and would share with me about how I could apply Scripture to my life. She also let me serve with her in other ministries, and after a year of experiencing close life on life discipleship, she challenged me to start a Bible study at my school. That was when I started to take ownership of my walk and began getting in the Word regularly myself.

There’s something otherworldly about how God knows us intimately. We don’t want to underestimate the value of His goodness; He knows our fears and needs before we even open our mouth to speak (Ps 139:4, Isaiah 65:24Matt 6:8). His timing is perfect, His mercies never stop, and He continues to offer new gifts of nourishment for the hard road we walk. Megan tells us more about her continuing journey of understanding God’s Word:

Over a year ago I started using the Precept Bible studies to teach me how to study Scripture more in depth and that has completely changed my view of God and Scripture. Learning more about God’s character and promises has made me even more grateful for my salvation. I still have so much to learn, but that is why I am so grateful and excited for this internship!

If you want to support Megan financially, you can do that on her support page. If you want to join us in supporting her through prayer, please pray:

— That God will increase her faith, preserve, and sustain her
— The training she receives will bear fruit in God’s timing, and unique variety
— That the students she serves will be transformed by God’s Word

With thanksgiving,
Megan and the Transform team

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