This month we’re wrapping up an encouraging blog series on our fantastic 2016 ENGAGE interns! We are still praising God for what He did in the hearts of those on the Precept campus this summer. The ENGAGE interns are such a gift from the Lord; we just want to keep praising Him for working in and through their stories!
Our desire is that these words:
— encourage faith in the person of Christ
— give insight about the ENGAGE internship
— stir excitement for God’s heart-shaping response when humans seek Him
— show snippets of transformation and life change (that the interns experienced through Scripture and community)
When introducing David’s story as a member of the 2016 ENGAGE internship, he talked about his journey of faith growing up, some of the stressors and challenges to his faith, and how God used EQUIP Boot Camp to “radically change” how he views God and to give him a love for Scripture. But what was David’s summer in the ENGAGE internship like?
When I arrived on campus in May, I was already so excited about what I was going to get to do. I felt like I had a decent grasp on everything that would be expected of me and was excited to start the training that I had been looking forward to. I had no idea how much I would enjoy this summer and what an impact it would have upon my life.
Over the course of this summer, my fellow interns and I had the opportunity to use almost every Bible study material that Precept has to offer. We were trained to use them and to teach others how to use them. I recognized many of the book series they put before me, but that did not lessen in the slightest the excitement of getting to use these studies so often. What I learned gave me a desire to use the studies in ways that I hadn’t thought to try before.
For Precept, our goal in training the interns to use all of the different inductive Bible study materials is NOT to market ourselves and what the ministry has to offer. Our goal is to train young people how to study the Word of God so they can teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2).
We’re not just teaching these interns for a summer; we’re teaching them for a lifetime. It’s not always possible to do five hours of Bible study homework a week in college, and different studies can minister to different people across all stages of life. So our approach is to give the ENGAGE interns exposure, personal experience, and leadership training in all the Precept study series so they won’t be limited to a particular one, and are free to listen to the Holy Spirit and minister to people where they are!
As early as the first week, we were exposed to parts of the ministry I did not even know existed. I got to meet people that have been working so hard to provide quality products and a great experience for visitors since long before I began coming to Chattanooga a few summers ago. Even with this experience and maturity, many of these people are willing to work behind the scenes so the mission and vision of Precept can be pursued more effectively. I learned a lot about the ins and outs of the ministry but still don’t feel like I have even scratched the surface of the depth that PMI has here in the U.S. and globally and I am so excited to get more involved wherever I can.
David’s desire is exactly what we would both expect and be encouraged by. We have built service and practical ministry into the ENGAGE internship.
After about 3 weeks of training and study we were also given the opportunity to teach and lead training at EQUIP Boot Camp, where we taught teenagers how to use the inductive Bible study method while studying the book of Ephesians. Getting the chance to pour into high school students with the tools given to me during this internship really brought the purpose of what I was doing to life. I loved getting to see the impact that it had on so many young people’s lives.
David got the chance to serve in the very place that the Lord used so strongly in his own heart when he was a teenager. Not only is that cool, it’s biblical!
In 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 Paul writes,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
David walked this out during the summer, and he is seeking to walk through that now also.
I could continue to talk about the things that I learned for pages, but I also want to take a moment and tell you about how excited I am to return home and back to school where I will get to use these talents to lead others. We spent some time at the very end of the internship writing up plans for when we return to our normal spheres of influence and I can tell you that getting to practically apply this training to everyday life was so cool. Often I look at Bible study as something for me, but I realize, after this training, that there is so much more the Lord desires for me to do with the love of His Word that He has given me.
Are you interested in the ENGAGE internship? Know someone who is? Join us in praying for the continuing of the gospel through the vulnerable and intentional study of God’s Word with Precept Ministries international!
In His hope,
David & The Transform Team