Internships With Our Teams In The West
Each year we accept a small number of interns to journey and learn with our Western-based intentional Christian communities. Currently most of those are hosted in inner city Vancouver, BC by the Servants Vancouver community. However, if you are interested in interning with the Southall, London community contact us to see if there are any openings coming up.
Your internship with Servants will probably be quite different to any other you have experienced before. This is because the emphasis of your time will not be so much on what you do but on what you learn. The objectives of a community exposure with us are usually as follows:
- Consider God’s heart for the poor and what it means for your life.
- Gain an understanding through participation and readings of what it means to live incarnationally amongst the urban poor in a Western context.
- Experience life within an intentional Christian community including daily and weekly rhythms of prayer, meals and fellowship
- Increase your understanding of Servants and perhaps discern together with us whether God is calling you to be a part of this movement.
The intention is that for a few weeks you make a deep connection with those who live in the forgotten corners of Western cities- people who struggle with addictions and mental health problems, who are marginalized and long-term unemployed, who have recently immigrated or are without legal status – 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 and vibrant inner city urban community. 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 new environment and living in community with others, you will sometimes have struggles and frustrations. Your emotions may erupt in ways that call into question what you have never questioned before. You may face things surfacing in you that 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).