My name is Kacie Serrault. As you may know, over this past summer I have been working with Vanessa as her intern. I attend Manhattan Christian College, and will be a senior next year. When I graduate I will receive a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. This internship has been quite the unforgettable journey! From the first time I met with Vanessa to the end of the summer, I have seen the Holy Spirit working through this ministry. We have had our high points with a thriving night of Campus Life in the park without any rain, and our not-so-high points of getting rained out. This experience has been one that will shape me in my future ministry, and equip me with knowledge you simply cannot learn in a classroom. The three greatest lessons I learned over the course of my internship are:    

  • Never expect anything in ministry to go as planned.  It is that simple. You can plan as much as you want, but ultimately, when you areliving for God, the Holy Spirit is going to lead in ways you would never imagine. This was evident to me the first week that I led Campus Life. I planned my lesson all out, got everything ready, and behold, only three students showed up. At first I felt discouraged, but by the end of the night God made it clear why there were only three students at the program. The three boys that showed up needed more personal attention; they needed to talk to me and one of our male leaders and ask questions. Later on, one of those boys brought up that lesson to me during camp after he dedicated his life to Christ, saying that it was then that he really started taking interest in the Bible. 
  • Stay calm and let the little things go.  When working with teenagers sometimes it is easy for me to get caught up in everything they tell me, but I realized this summer that I cannot let every piece of drama that I hear stress me out. The truth is, teenagers change every five minutes; so that “huge issue” probably will turn out to be only a half truth or it will blow over in less than 24 hours. Teens really just need someone to listen to them, but unless it is a damaging issue it’s better to be a shoulder to cry on than try to fix every problem in their life.
  • Be slow to speak and quick to listen.  This is probably the greatest lesson God has placed on my heart this summer. This is something that not only impacts my ministry but also impacts so many other areas of my life. By listening before I speak or even just listening and keeping my thoughts to myself, I can learn and grow far more than doing all the talking myself. At the beginning of my internship I could feel God telling me I needed to be more humble in conversation; because of that, we put this idea in the expectations of the internship. I was able to practice this multiple times a day at camp and during one-on-ones throughout the summer, because, like I said before, teenagers really just need someone to listen to them; you don’t have to have all of the answers.

There are so many more lessons that I have learned over this summer, but it would take an entire book to write them all down! I am so thankful that God blessed me with the opportunity to work in this ministry! Thank you all for supporting this ministry. Believe me, I have seen God working through this ministry all summer by transforming kids’ lives, and me for my future ministry.

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