Meghan Sytsma

It’s the final countdown, what is your advice to future youth looking to apply for the internship?

You get out what you put in. This seems like a given as most things work this way. If you are diligent, disciplined and strive to work hard then you will learn more than you would if you are intent on being lazy or cutting corners. In James 4:8 it says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Just as a relationship with God is, if we aren’t hungering for more and being diligent then our discipleship will be slower.

 

What is the biggest transformation God has done in you during your time as an intern?

I think that the most impacting thing He has done is the thing that is causing everything to fall into place. That is giving me not just a greater understanding of who God is, but a greater recognition of who He is. How worthy, powerful, honorable, just and perfectly loving He is, and of how perfectly and actively He solved our problems on the cross. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

 

Jesus Hernandez

It’s the final countdown, what is your advice to future youth looking to apply for the internship?

One thing, or maybe the only thing I can share is this phrase; We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.”  (Proverbs 16:33 NLT) Within this phrase we see that we throw our dice (our plans, talents, giftings, hopes, aspirations, and everything God has given us) trying to get guidance for the future. But the direction, the disposing of the thing, comes from God. God works in our lives even when we’re not aware of it. If we’re a child of God, then God is continually working in our lives.

For example, It’s amazing how without our knowledge the Lord uses our words to speak into other’s lives. It just comes up because God prepared our hearts. The preparations of the heart are from God. In Philippians we read, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God that is working in you both to will and to do” ( Philippians 2:12-13 ). You see, God is now planting His law in the fleshly tablets of our hearts, just as He promised to Jeremiah, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33b). God plants His Word and His desires right in our hearts, and so the preparations of the heart are from the Lord.

How great it is to be a child of God and to have your life submitted to the Lord so that the Lord is directing you away from fleshly desires and towards all that He plants within you. We may have all sorts of plans and time frames of our own, but in the end God will have the last say in the matter. For we are His and He is ours. As servants of Christ our only job is to bring praise and glory to Him who sits on the throne forever. We do this through our: relationships, interactions, speech, plans, and everything we do and are.

Plainly, my advice is: don’t worry and trust God; give all that you have to God and allow Him to do the work in your life.

 

What is the biggest transformation God has done in you during your time as an intern?
During my time as a missionary here in Mexico God has spoken to me in so many ways. I now understand what it means to be second. During the course of this internship God challenged me to take a look at my heart and my life. This experience taught me the importance and what it means to come  alongside another in ministry. My job is to support those above me and to fill in the gaps where they are needed. Like clean water I must be always flexible, always moving, always filling, and never stagnant. That means taking care of the house of God and all of it’s people. I am here to serve not be served, and I often forget about that. It becomes about “me” and I forget all about the rest. When the Bible says, “With what shall I come to the LORD And bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, With yearling calves? Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:6-8). As a Servant of the Lord I cannot lose sight of what it means to serve God. I am a servant and my only aim is to serve God with all that I have. For if I wish to lead then I must serve, because no one is going to follow someone who they know is not for them.

Julia Whittaker

It’s the final countdown, what is your advice to future youth looking to apply for the internship?

The only reason I came to Mexico to serve is because God called me here. I was not aware in the beginning of how He would use this internship to grow me in so many ways. I had no expectations. God called me, and I listened. If you feel called to the internship, or anywhere, GO. God called you there for a reason and He has a greater purpose for you than you could ever imagine. No matter how afraid you may be, or unwilling, you must follow the call He has placed in your heart. God has a great work prepared for you, but He will get it done with or without you. God will use you, but you have to first give yourself to Him, and He will accomplish amazing things through and in you.

 

What is the biggest transformation God has done in you during your time as an intern?

Looking back to who I was when I first came here in September, I am overwhelmed at how powerful and awesome God is. He wholly transformed my mind and heart. He showed me how much He loves me, and taught me how to be rooted in Him always. I once had an exterior that I thought portrayed the “perfect” version of myself to the world, but God, of course, saw straight into my heart. He used the people around me here at the base to disciple me and guide me to being closer to Him. He gave me the family in Christ I had always desired and through that showed me examples of what a Godly woman looks like. God strengthened the foundation I have in Him and taught me so much about Himself and how to serve Him. This time I have spent serving in Mexico will affect the rest of my life. What I have learned here is transferable to any aspect of service God calls me to. I know that God has still a great work to do in me, but that will be forever continuous.