Internship Opportunities With Our Asia-Based Teams
An internship with Servants is probably quite different to any other short term mission exposure you have experienced before. This is because the emphasis is not so much on what you DO but on what you LEARN. The intention is that for a few weeks or months, living with a local family in a poor community, you will make a deep connection with the urban poor and allow God to open up a space in you to hear him afresh. This will occur not in a quiet garden or at the beach, but in a noisy, vibrant, cramped slum. The focus needs to be on coming as a learner. This can sound indulgent because you want to be able to “give” to the people who have great need and being a learner seems to be only “taking”! However, simply being with people and showing them the respect of learning from them is giving them a huge amount.
Also, through the experience you can learn so much about God, suffering, poverty, discipleship, compassion, powerlessness, and faith. All of these things are essential to your life as a follower of Jesus no matter where you are. Living in the midst of poverty helps you see the world through God’s eyes even when you are only there for a short time. It is important to know that this new “way of seeing” is as much your objective as “doing things” while here. The focus is on being as well as doing.
It is an irony, but true nonetheless, that God is most often found in the places where we would least expect him. And when he wants to make himself visible, it is invariably in something “powerless” or weak or poor: like a baby in a stinking stable, or amongst the naked, the prisoners, the hungry and thirsty (Matt 25:31‑46).
Being in a foreign environment, you will sometimes not understand a lot of what is going on within you and around you. Your emotions may erupt in ways that call into question what you have never questioned before. You may face things surfacing in you that frighten the hell out of you and make you to want to escape. But the wonderful promise of these wilderness experiences which we must all face from time to time, is that if you endure, you will begin to see God sustaining you (Lk 4: 4) and you will discover yourself to be “a beloved child of God” (Matt 3:17).