We'll have a new edition of the QuadW mi Newsletter rolling out in just a few days! In the meantime here's an interview conversation Tony had w/ QuadW mi Dallas Intern - Braxton Bush. Check it out...
T: Share a story of an interaction or conversation that has stuck with you.
B: Getting to know the kids over the summer, I gave them nick-names based on the best parts of their character and the potential I saw in them. I wanted to help them to see that in themselves and to know how God saw them and loved them. Seeing the way this made them so happy - this really sticks with me, how I can make a difference.
T: What would you say was the hardest but most rewarding part of the QuadW mi experience?
B: Coming together and living together with interns from all over with different backgrounds and experiences and having to learn how to let the mission and gaol of sharing God’s love with the kids. That was challenging, but really powerful to get to see how we could come together.
T: During the summer that you were together we witnessed the shooting of several African American men across the country and the shooting of police officers right there in Dallas. What was it like for you to experience that together as an intern team?
B: For me personally - as an African American, and as a human being, it was something where I felt like, even though I wasn’t there for the civil rights movement, it was like we continue to experience the strife of that and I feel how important it is for me and for all of us.
T: How has QuadW mi helped to shape your understanding of what it means to be the church or to be a Christian?
B: It’s about going out, discipling people where they are. We ARE the church! We have to build the bridge to the community. I think I just saw how big that is for so many churches - to remember that! The church is the people who go out, not the building.
T: What is something you took with you from your summer with QuadW mi?
B: A spirit of humbleness. To learn not to judge a book by its cover, not to judge too quickly just when a situation doesn’t look like you thought it would. Don’t doubt God just cause something is different than you thought it would be. Look for God’s purpose right there. Look for God’s meaning in it. And this helps you to be able to live and enjoy life now and the people God puts around you.
T: How has the QuadW mi helped you with your sense of calling?
B: I’ve been doing youth ministry for about 6 years now. Through the summer I gained more passion and energy for sharing the gospel and for wanting to be in people’s lives to make a difference. Once this summer I was given the chance to preach in front of the Spanish speaking congregation there in Dallas. I don’t speak Spanish, so I was nervous about how people would receive the message, receive the words God had given me. But afterwards this guy, I’d say he was in his 50’s, came up to me and told me that he was really grateful for the word and that when he grew up he wanted to be like me. And that just blew me away. Here’s this guy twice my age and he saw in me wisdom and maturity that he wanted. And so I think for me its really about getting beyond my place of comfort and letting God keep doing work in new areas of my life.