One thing that has really surprised me about my internship is how many people are willing to give up their time for the sake of the kingdom of God. I’ve met many students who are paying to go to school at Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in order to become missionaries. I have also met many volunteers and interns who are choosing to go unpaid for the summer so they can invest their time as kingdom resources. Not only are there students and volunteers here, but many highly educated people who could have any job they want. These people are choosing to serve on staff or around the world as Bible translators, teachers and in many other roles.
They are not only willing to serve, but do it joyfully and heartily as for the Lord. The people here work harder and are much happier than the people in any other work environment that I’ve experienced. Many of them are stepping out in faith and trusting God to provide for not only themselves, but also their families as they serve the kingdom. What humility and sacrifice has been shown through these servants!
So often, I have taken the privilege of stability in working a nine to five job for granted. I’ve been humbled to see how God has provided for me during this internship and, because of his provisions, it has been easier to work without pay than I ever thought it would be. How rewarding and joyful it is to work for the Lord! I hope to join Wycliffe with my soon-to-be wife, Amy and pray that we might display the same faith in the Lord’s provisions as I saw in others throughout this internship.
M.S. Computer Science
SIL Language Software Development
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