Today's post comes from QuadW Kansas City intern, Lexi Smith. Lexi is a sophomore at Auburn University, from Wichita, KS. I asked her to share a mid-way point reflection on her time serving in KC & living in the Mission House. Check it out...
A little more than halfway through the internship- it’s been quite the adventure.
During our week we primarily work with two organizations: Avenue of Life and The Urban Farming Guys. Tuesdays and Thursdays we are leading a kids’ camp. We are split up with different subjects and age groups- I am with about ten children aged 8-12. We eat our meals with the kids, we do projects with them, encourage them to memorize Scripture, and love on them in any way we can. The other days we are working at an urban farm. A lot of our work consists of harvesting various vegetables and fruits, weeding, planting, watering, washing, weighing, and bagging produce. We get to be outside and get our hands dirty and bless the farm manager, Anna (who is 6 months pregnant).
On the weekends, we have a group discussion about our Gospel readings for the week, and on Mondays we meet with our accountability and mentor groups, as well as reflect over our online content and week. I absolutely love that everything we do here is focused on living in community. It’s been challenging in ways I expected as well as ways I didn’t expect, but it’s pushed me to love in the face of annoyances, growth through discomfort and stretching, and closer to the heart of God. I love that I get to interact with a diverse group of people, hear different opinions, learn from other’s experiences, and do life with some awesome people who are pursuing God in ways that make me long to deepen my own relationship with Him. It’s certainly not easy or always fun, but it’s been challenging in ways that draw me into a better understanding of others and myself. I’ve learned how God feels about me, how He is at work, and what it means to pursue Him.
By this point in the internship, the glamour of my expectations for the summer have definitely worn off, but I feel like I’m in a place where though I feel incredibly challenged and oftentimes exhausted, God is working in me.
- Lexi Smith