Williamsburg Christian Church,
My heart is full with gratitude for how gracious God has been these past few months. Thank you for having me as an intern with the Family Ministry. I have learned more about you as brothers and sisters in Christ than I ever would have just showing up on Sundays when school is in session. I have had the incredible opportunity to witness the work of God in your children, students, and families. I was reminded by the children of wonder and unfiltered curiosity of God and the things of God. I got to see desire just to know God more in the students, and was wonderfully surprised by the depth of maturity and vulnerability they are capable of.
As intimidated as I was by the thought of ministering to the students, I remembered that my one prayer from the onset was to see the fulfillment of 1 Corinthians 3:6 – “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth”. And God has certainly given growth to the seeds planted and watered faithfully by Garrett, Erin, Lori, Brynn, Penny and Arielle.
I have gotten to witness God through the students in coffeeshops, froyo stands, photo shoots and sessions at the recording studio. I have seen the knowledge of Him settle in the students attending a weekly discipleship group where Garrett and I sought to equip them with spiritual disciplines and how to shepherd others well. I have gotten to share about my struggles and joys of singleness and how I experience God through wonder.
As I learned more about this church, I learned more about God. 1 John 4 says: “No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us”. Because of the way you love, I see Jesus.
I see Him in the hospitality you don’t merely talk about in vain, but manifests itself in the self giving love I receive daily. I have never been without a ride, even if where I’m going is clear across town. (I really do need to get my license). You have invited me graciously into your homes and along with you on family outings. You have become the church, and the church has become my home. I am immensely grateful for it.
I praise God for your wholehearted affection for Him that does not stop in your service of each other, but continues in your love for neighbors living through homelessness, the residents of Envoy, and orphans in Kenya. I stand in awe of your obedience to His voice and the open joy with which you show compassion. I will continue to be as present as I can be for the next few years, but will always be lifting you up before the throne of God. May your hearts be captured by the relentless love of God through the blood of Jesus Christ and the knowledge of Him. And may that love overflow.