The virtue for the month of February was uniqueness which meant anytime we went into a primary school with the Rejoice Project teams, we heard the memory verse 1 Peter 4:10. It’s a beautiful thing—hearing the voices of so many East African children shouting these rich words: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms!”
Students were learning through lessons, games, and various arts and crafts that the God of the universe created them uniquely and with specific purpose. We were all created uniquely, with different strengths and gifts. The concept of uniqueness is true for those children in the classrooms, and it’s true for the leaders in the communities we visited, and even you who is reading these words—you’re unique.
As I am reflecting on my time in East Africa it’s so evident that our Father has created my team and me uniquely. We are all so different because that is how The Lord created us—it’s how He wanted us. Our uniqueness was evident in the fact that we all had different things to bring the table. We came from different states, different backgrounds, and different stages of life. We don’t all like the same music or dress the same way, and in the same way we all have a specific purpose and assignment of where The Lord needs us in His mighty, mighty plan.
We are all so different—but have one steady, unifying thing in common: Jesus. He is radically changing and shaping our lives, and we are we are able to come together for one common purpose—to know Jesus and make Jesus known. That one commonality is enough for our team.
I am incredibly thankful for this team and the way they consistently served and loved me so well throughout Spring Internship! I’m not quite ready for this journey to be over, but I know that the Lord’s timing is perfect. I have seen Him move in incredible ways in my life and in the lives of others over the last couple months, and I know He’s not going to stop now.
Mary Catherine Clark
Spring Intern 2016