Updates On Former Interns:
I am in my Junior year at the Masters College and am a liberal arts major. My ultimate goal is to become an art teacher in the inner city (maybe Tulsa?? eh? eh?) Right now I am doing a pretty awesome after school art program with some kids in the inner city through a missions organization based in Los Angeles called World Impact. It is like getAHEAD only it has none of that fancy reading stuff, just straight up arts and crafts mayhem. I am hoping to graduate and then get my teaching credential. It would be cool if you would pray for God to direct me in planning for the next few years of my life, and help me to trust him with finances. I am not sure if I can keep paying for the expensive tuition at the Masters College, and I’m trying to plan for next year in that respect. Please pray for my unsaved family and for me to find my joy and satisfaction in Christ alone. That would be lovely. also, um, I love Springs of Grace.
I am currently finishing up with an experiment with teaching at a Christian high school in Middletown, CA, which I’m not going to do again. Among careers I am considering are law, college teaching, and professional puppeteering. Pray that I’ll not fail at whichever I go with.
I am in the midst of finishing up my last semester at The Master’s College. It has been a really great year and I will really miss spending time with the students next year. But, I am very excited because I will be moving to Tulsa sometime in July (yay!). I am really looking forward to being a more permanent part of Springs of Grace.
Some ways you can pray for me:
- I finish well in my final months in California – spending time with my family, girls in the dorm, friends, etc. It is really sad knowing I will be saying good bye soon.
- All the details of moving to a place far away, such as being able to find a job, getting insurance, finding a place to live, and all the things that I don’t even know I need to do yet.
- I trust God with all the changes in my life. I tend to flip out a lot during transition times.
Thank you for praying for me! I can’t wait to see you all in the summer!
Update from Jillian Hazel (Intern Summer 2007 and Summer 2008)
i am eight weeks away from getting my teaching credential. i am in the middle of student teaching and really loved it even more than i thought i would. that was a huge answer to prayer, because i was really freaked out about such a responsibility. i will soon be applying to schools, for which i would love to have all of your prayers. there’s not a lot of jobs available right now, but i’m applying at a lot of places (including in tulsa…) and praying that the Lord will guide from there.
i am also currently leading the group of master’s students who go weekly to skid row in downtown LA to share the gospel with homeless people down there. we bring tacos and Bibles and simply desire to love them in a way that would open their eyes to the Truth. pray that God would continue to encourage me and the team as it is a wearying ministry. pray also that God would raise up students to go, especially guys. we’re not sure yet if the ministry will be able to continue next year because of all of the people who are going to be leaving master’s.
pray also that i would live for God and others, not myself. it sounds cliche and simple, but it’s so easy to use my busyness as an excuse to not use the free time that i do have well. pray that i would be so captivated by God that it would be impossible to live for myself.
Update from Joe Day (Intern/Staff at Springs of Grace from Summer 2007- Winter 2008)
God has been gracious and I just finished my first semester of three at UT Southwestern School of Medicine in the Paramedic Program which is the highest level of licensure for prehospital EMS providers in the nation. It has been very challenging, but I am hanging in there. I do most of my work on the weekends in the ER at Parkland, Baylor, and Children’s Medical Center downtown. I see and learn new things everytime I am there! I currently have applications for jobs at three seperate fire depts (Dallas Fire Rescue, Mesquite Fire, and Owasso, OK). Hopefully, I can gain some experience in the field immediately following school. I am just waiting on interviews and testing now.
I would probably say that 80-90% of the fellow firemen, paramedics, nurses, doctors, etc…I interact with everyday are not Christians and so it is a continual struggle to live “in the world,” but not “of the world.” I read a quote by a godly man named Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) this week and it encouraged me in the situation I am in:
“Whatever your heart is most set upon, that is your God. Therefore, you must know that this is the meaning of the commandment, ‘Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.” That is, you shall give Me, and nothing else, the strength of your soul. I am a God to My creature when I have its strength exercised about Me, to lift up Me as the highest good. But if there is anything else that your soul is set on as the highest good, that’s your god, and it’s worse that bowing the knee. You bow your soul to that thing.”
It really reminds me of how trivial men’s aspirations and desires are and I see it everyday. The question then becomes, “What do I need to REMOVE from my life, in order to throw myself without reserve to the great cause of the Gospel?” Please pray that I will be a minister of the gospel to those around me in such difficult situations. 1 Pet 2:12 says “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” That is my prayer for the time being and I appreciate your prayers as well. I fully intend to keep trusting in the Lord’s provision and direction in my life as I eagerly await His return!
Update from Bret Eggerth (Intern at Springs of Grace Summer 2007)
I’m finishing my last semester at the Master’s College, and will be graduating with an (oh so practical) degree in Biblical Counseling. After considering the wide field of career options that my degree opens to me, I have decided that, come post-graduation, I will be pursuing graduate work in the area of Linguistics and possibly Biblical Languages. Of course, my desire to stay in school for even longer will be tempered by a year off of pure slavish admittance to the general workforce of college grads mostly consisting of Starbucks baristas and Junior High teachers.
Please pray for job opportunities as I begin hunting for work as well as trusting God with finances as I am paying off school loans and saving money for a car. It would also be great if you could pray for God to break this stubborn selfish streak that I’ve been dueling, and that God alone would be my source of satisfaction.
Thanks a ton, Springs of Grace, I love you guys,
I am in my Junior year at The Master’s College, majoring in Biology, and planning on going on to Veterinary school at Washington State University when I graduate in 2010. I am engaged to Heather Tice, a wonderful young lady I met here at the Master’s College, and planning to get married in the summer of 2010. Heather will be graduating from Master’s in May, and then (God willing) going on to Radiology Technician school in the fall. Please pray for us to make sure our relationship with God preeminant in our lives, and to trust Him as there are many unknowns and challeges coming up for us in the next few years. Pray that we would find our ministry niche in the body of Christ that we would follow Him in faith, and love and serve Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.