QuadW Missional Internship gave me a hands-on opportunity at a key developmental moment in my life. I had been serving as a campus minister through the Ole Miss Wesley Foundation, when Jean Tippitt offered our students and me the opportunity to serve communities in Mobile, AL.
I remember meeting Don Woolley (National Director of QuadW mi) and others who were all-in on reaching the unreached and serving the vulnerable in Mobile, Whistler and Pritchard. This was a defining moment for me because I was just accepted to attend Asbury Theological Seminary where Don is an alumnus and Jean was completing her coursework.
From the QuadW mi experience, I knew that I would be serving young people and the refugee community. From that summer of building relationships there are several young people from Whistler, outside of Mobile, with whom I am still FaceBook friends and check up on from time to time.
I knew serving others would be a core component of the internship, but I did NOT expect to be taught about Christology, missiology and ecclesiology—subjects that would later become very important for me in seminary. I will never forget that Christology (who Jesus is, what we believe about Jesus) should give us our missiology (our sense of what God's mission - therefore, our mission!), and the mission of God should determine what the Church looks like (our ecclesiology).
All these years later, I still try to keep that principle in the forefront of my mind, when I am serving the world. I think that QuadW mi helped me to unearth some things that I did not know were there within me.
I am proud to be a QuadW mi alumnus!