Building Character

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I am on week 9 of my internship and it has been an adventure to say the least.  For the past 3 weeks, I have been very busy and faced some challenges as well.

The construction of the orphanage for Kids Alive Zambia is coming along nicely and we will start to put up the roof soon.  I have been learning a ton and am fortunate to be with a great crew.  Recently, the pastor from the church that I have been attending asked me to give two Sunday sermons.  I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to speak on the topic of faith at the first service and the second on Jesus Christ.  They both went well and overall it was a great experience for me. I got to dig into Christ and attack my fear of public speaking.

God has been good and He has been teaching me a lot.  Two other experiences I would like to share are the following:

   My faith was tested; to see whether I built my Biblical foundation on rock or sand.  The waves came and a majority of my house fell to ruins but God, forever faithful, has used this for His good.  He revealed weaknesses in me and is guiding my steps as I begin to rebuild.

   God has gifted me with a servant hearted roommate. Right before I was heading out the door my roommate stopped me, grabbed a cloth, bent down and wiped the dust of my shoes.  My shoes were on my feet!  It was very moving and showed me that actions speak louder than words.  God has blessed me tremendously and I feel very lucky to be here in Zambia, Africa.  Thank you all, again, for your love and support.

Blessings,                                                                                                                                      Chris Hagel                                                                                                                                    May 2011 Leadership DTS Class

From the Field: Internship in Action

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YWAM Destination Paradise offers a 16-week internship phase following the lecture and outreach phases.  The purpose of the Internship Phase is to continue to put to use the principles and themes encountered during the lecture and outreach phases in settings that will allow the students to grow and develop even further.  DP is equipped with a full-time staff member who prayerfully and selectively matches students with various organizations for internship, based upon the students’ individual giftings and passions.  Stephani Young, a DTS student from the April 2010 school, is interning with Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Denver Colorado.  Read on for a glimpse into her life during internship!

“I’ve now been volunteering full time at Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Denver, CO for just over a month! I must say that each day I spend serving here makes me think of how impossible it will eventually be to leave. Our Father knows his children and he’s most surely placed me smack in the middle of a ministry that’s made for me. My hearts desire is to see this ministry flourish for God’s glory!

In the past month I have been loaded up with new skills, opportunities, and responsibilities in the Alternatives office. I work with a team of 15 incredible women, countless counselor volunteers, and 1 cool guy. We are located in the main office of Alternatives in downtown Denver. We see so many beautiful clients and serve them with the highest quality of service; everything we offer our clients is completely free and confidential! Because of this high standard I have been immersed in training to prepare me in serving here. I have completed over 40 hours of training on topics including Post Abortion, Whole Person Health, Equipped to Serve Counseling, Observing/Role Playing and our 24 Help-line. Upcoming training will cover STD/STI Training, Evangelism in the Counsel Room, Counseling Ethics, and Adoption Counseling. I am also enrolled in A Promising Future Trainer- Training, which is the education side of Alternatives. APF is an extension of Alternatives and teaches courses on Healthy Lifestyle, Success Development, Achieving Goals and Dreams, and Making Positive Decisions. This teaching is often geared toward teens and young adults in classroom settings. So as you can see my brain is taking on sponge-like characteristics and I still have much more to learn. My direction has been to delve into this ministry by learning as much as possible. In the midst of much training I’m also available to staff as support… I am included in staff meetings & events, I assist our Director of Volunteers by training our new office volunteers (I’ve trained 5 so far), I have helped represent Alternatives at community events: Project Homeless Connect, I have also supported other staff in various projects, tasks and meetings. Every morning in the Alternatives office staff begin at 8:30am with prayer. We see clients from 10am to 4pm and the entire staff alternately participates in meet and greets, presentations, and display tables around the community. In looking ahead at my future with Alternatives in 2011 my hope is to branch out as a Post Abortion Group Counselor in the early New Year! The commitment is a 15-week program where group members meet outside of the office one evening a week to embark on a journey towards healing.

I am so blessed to be here. The Lord has been so faithful to me and I have done my best to be obedient and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit…I hope you hear my heart and passion for what Alternatives is doing in this area and my hope to continue serving!”