Where Are They Now... (part 2 of 3)

Earlier this week we began sharing the stories of Wes & Charsy Anderson.  We started with Charsy sharing how the experience of being a QuadW intern impacted her life with God's grace and love and mission. Today we continue by letting Wes share, in his own words, what QuadW means to him... 

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As the son of a United Methodist pastor, I grew up in church. From the time I was teething, I was there every time the doors were open. At the age of seven, I repeated a prayer inviting Jesus to come into my heart and be my personal Lord and Savior. I also did so at 9, and at 10, then once again at 13 just to be extra sure I wouldn't spend eternity burning in Hell. From what I had heard, Hell sounded pretty lame. I was born in Pensacola, FL but moved around a bit. The summer before my freshman year in high school, my family moved to Clanton, AL. It was later that summer while on a youth retreat that I heard the Gospel explained in a new way. I had always known and believed that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and had risen from the dead so that I could have eternal life. What I hadn't always understood was that the eternal life he died and rose to grant me wasn't just about Heaven and Hell. Though I had prayed to accept Jesus, that prayer alone hadn't resulted in me looking or acting a whole lot more like Jesus than I did before. I certainly believed in the work Jesus had done on my behalf, but in truth, could hardly say that I was actively following him, or that I understood what it meant to allow the Holy Spirit to make me a new creation. After that retreat, God had my attention. Not only did I profess him with my lips, but I began to seek his face, to listen for his voice, and to act on what I heard. No longer was my life compartmentalized. I didn't have a “spiritual life” and a school/social/academic/family life anymore. I just had a life, one that was given by Christ, transformed by the Holy Spirit, and that sought to bring glory to my heavenly Father. Throughout high school, my faith continued to grow.

During my freshman year at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL while on a beach retreat with our campus ministry, I heard Rev. Don Woolley talk about what it meant to be the church. He spoke of being Jesus' hands and feet in the world, and about how the church was created by Jesus to accomplish his mission in the world. He said that he would be starting an internship for college students the upcoming summer in which they would get to study what it means to be the church while carrying out Jesus' mission in the world, living in community with one another and serving in areas of extreme poverty. Something within me came alive as he talked, and I knew that Quad W was where I wanted to be. 

For the next three summers I had the pleasure of living and serving in the Whistler neighborhood of Prichard, AL, one of the poorest areas in Alabama, and one that is marked by crime and drugs. Along with a few others on my team, I helped run a day camp for kids and another for youth, in which young people were encouraged, loved, taught scripture, fed, tutored, given self-esteem, equipped with life skills, and mentored. The children and youth we served each had a story, and many of them faced hardships on a daily basis that most don't face in a lifetime. We used our day camp as a home base from which to integrate ourselves into the community in which we lived, and as a tool to help the United Methodist Church we were serving reconnect with their neighborhood.

When asked to describe my time at Quad W, I can only say that it scarred me.

The relationships I built with those whom I served and served alongside, as well as with my mentors, the intense study of God's Word, the late nights and early mornings, the tears, the hard conversations, the moments of elation and great joy, the revelation of who I was created to be, the community, the accountability, and the communion with God's Spirit all served to leave an indelible mark on my soul that will never go away.

It is because of my time at Quad W that I understand what it looks like to live in a fallen world as a member of God's holy church. It's because of Quad W that I have such a clear image of who Jesus is, and of what it means to participate with him in carrying out his mission in the world. It's because of Quad W that I have a holy discontent for a church who has become self-centered and forgotten the very reason that she was created, and it's because of Quad W that I've made my life about partnering with folks who share this in common and trying to inspire others to come awake to this beautiful reality. When I returned to school after my first summer at the internship, I did so a different man. I felt as though I was returning from war as, for me everything had changed, but few around me saw what I now saw or understood what I had experienced.

Quad W without a doubt changed my life, and I have never been the same.

Where Are They Now...

From time to time we'll get to hear from former QuadW (3.0) interns, in their own words, about their experience as interns, what it meant to them, how it has formed and shaped the way they practice their faith and live as missionaries in their current context.  We begin with a two-for-one deal - Wes & Charsy Anderson. We are so grateful for their willingness to let us share their story and the way we continue to see Christ formed deeply in them.  

Former QuadW (3.0) Interns - Mr. & Mrs. Wes & Charsy Anderson

First, we'll let Charsy tell her story -  

I was born on a little island in Micronesia. My family moved to the United States when I was about four years old. We lived in Pensacola, Florida for most of my childhood. Growing up, life was pretty hard. My parents fought a lot, and eventually got divorced. When I was 14, my mom left without notice and moved to Hawaii. I didn't see her again or speak to her often until she moved back to Pensacola ten months later. My dad was an alcoholic. He was a good father and a good man when sober, but throughout his life, he struggled to stay on the right path. For my brothers and I there was little stability at home, and for all intents and purposes, far too often I wound up playing the role of mom for brothers. I would go to church every now and then with family, but I never really understood what it meant or what the point of all of it was. When I was in high school, I began attending a small Southern Baptist Church where my dad worked as a building superintendent. I remember asking him if I “had to go.” He told me I didn't, but soon I started going anyway. I was drawn in by the love and kindness of the church. In high school, I made the decision to follow Jesus. But, it wasn't until I got to college that I started to understand what following Jesus was really all about. As my first year of college was coming to an end, I really didn't want to go home for the summer. Honestly, I didn't have a whole lot to go home to, and though I missed my brothers, I had enjoyed being away from the chaos and drama while at school. I wanted to spend my summer doing something that mattered. I heard about the Quad W internship from my best friend, and decided to apply at the last minute. Unbelievably, I got accepted! 

 

I don't think I really understood at that point exactly what the summer would hold. Upon arriving at Quad W, I found myself on a team with 3 other college students serving at a local church in Mobile, Alabama. At New Life United Methodist, we planned, coordinated, and ran a kid's summer camp. When registration day for camp came, my team members and I had no idea that by the end of the day we would have over 100 children signed up to attend our camp. Throughout the summer we taught the children about Jesus, took them on field trips, and got to know them. With so many children and so few of us interns to go around, the summer definitely held its challenges, but even through the tough moments, we saw God working in the children , the community, and in our team. I applied to be an intern with Quad W because I wanted to do something that mattered, but I really had no idea how God would grow and transform me over those two summers. I had no idea that in those days, God would restore some brokenness in me, and that he would draw me closer to Him. I had no idea that my whole world would be turned upside down by living a new, messy, and inconvenient life that is only found in Jesus. I never knew that the world I had lived in was so small until I experienced Quad W. I never realized that a room full of 5 and 6 year olds could capture my heart. I never realized that people who had absolutely nothing in common, other than loving Jesus, could become such great friends. It wasn't just a summer experience, it was a defining moment in my faith; one that will always stay with me as a reminder of the beauty of a messy life lived for Jesus.

(Stay Tuned for Part 2 of the Wes & Charsy Story...) 

 

Relationally Serve

Tis the season before the season of celebrating God's coming to us in Jesus.  Advent.  That's the four weeks that lead us to Christmas.  Advent is important, for several reasons, one of which is to name for us the significance of being people who wait well for God's coming to us.  Advent, well attended to, isn't just about baby Jesus born long ago.  Advent means coming.  And we are called to live as those who anticipate and prepare the way for Christ's coming again.  

But we do this, in large part, by walking carefully through the Scriptures that have to do with the longing, hope, failure, waiting, preparation of Christ's first coming to us.  

Again and again, as I give attention to these Scriptures, I am amazed at the way that God has come to us in Jesus.  That God's salvation, rescue, restoration of humanity could not, or at least would not, be accomplished at arm's length.  But in flesh and blood and by entering deeply into the life and experience and culture of a particular people in a particular place and time.

This is what we mean when we say "incarnation."  And it is to this that we are called, again and again, as we try to determine faithful ways to live as disciples of this same Jesus who put on flesh and lived among us.  This is what we are talking about when we use the word "incarnational."  We're saying that our best clue as to how to join in God's work in the world is by entering deeply into the lives and needs and situations and hurts and joys of others.  

This is what we invite our interns into.  This is what we mean when we say, "relationally serve."  And so it can be slow and messy and complicated and difficult work.  But because this is God's way among us in Jesus it is also, at the very same time, beautiful, life-giving, creative, restorative, & joyful work.  

And it is to this work that we invite you!  If you're a college-age student and are interested in relationally serving as an intern w/ us, you can find out more info HERE.  Or you can find the summer 2016 application HERE

QuadW Intern Spotlight - Ashley Tippit

Ashley is a  sophomore at Birmingham Southern.  She served w/ our QuadW Portland Team this last summer.  She shares, in her own words, some of what being a QuadW intern has meant to her.  Check it out... 

My experience with QuadW taught me to rely on my faith as my cornerstone and trained me for a life of service with Christ. On a daily basis I was asked to keep scripture in mind when I interacted with kids, adults that I worked with, and my fellow interns. The work I did at my site challenged me to focus on outreach and being adaptable to the needs of others. Frequently I was asked to reflect the love of God, but more frequently I received God’s love through others. Specifically, my experience with the Portland site was enriching due to the nature and abundant space to meditate on scripture. QuadW molded me throughout the summer and prepared me for a freed life of obedience to God.

            Upon my arrival in Portland, I was dropped off in the basement of a church where I was joined by eight other interns. This would be our summer home. Immediately the conversations were open and full of laughter. We wanted to know each other and further our ability to communicate. The space the interns created together was homely and, though living in close quarters led us to occasionally stepping on each other’s toes, we were pushed by each other to discuss our similarities and differences through love. Living in a Christian community requires sacrifice, but the rewards of feeling loved and communicating with others openly are worth the small space.

            The site I was at was called Art in the Park and it was divided into two parts. For part of our time at this site, students came to a church where they were exposed to classical music, multimedia and professional artistic materials. At this site I spent one-on-one time assisting these students with expressing themselves and learned a lot through their reflections. The other aspect of this site was going out to parks and doing crafts with the children there. Through the site I learned many leadership skills and the importance of a servant heart.

Ashley Tippit (standing directly to the right of the sign) and the rest of the QuadW Portland team on one of their Spiritual Retreat Fridays

Ashley Tippit (standing directly to the right of the sign) and the rest of the QuadW Portland team on one of their Spiritual Retreat Fridays

            Portland, OR as a site made an impact on my QuadW experience and enriched my understanding of scripture. Our Fridays were spent out in nature, reflecting on passages of the Bible and our interpretations based on our experiences. Through these days I not only was able to see the beauties of the Columbia River Gorge, Cannon Beach and Mount Hood, but I saw the spirit of God in my surroundings. These invaluable days encouraged me to spend quiet time alone with God and through these moments I learned many things about scripture and about myself.

            My summer of working with QuadW was an incredible experience. I learned a great deal through living in a Christian community, leading children at my site and reflecting on scripture through nature. QuadW was more than just an internship to me, it was a time to step away from where I was comfortable and to be challenged daily to serve God and show love. I am so grateful for my experience with QuadW and I appreciate the time spent in the Christian community, at my site and in nature. God used this experience to teach me many things and to train me on how to follow God’s will and reach out to others.

 If you're a college-age young adult interested in serving as a QuadW intern in one of our 9 different sites you can start the application process HERE

Summer 2016 Apps NOW Available!

As you're considering what you'll do this coming summer and wondering what God is up to in your life - what it looks like to let God's work, God's mission give fuller form and shape to the trajectory of your life - you're invited to give the QuadW Missional Internship a serious look.  QuadW mi (Missional Internship) is an 8 week paid summer internship, located in nine cities across the US.  The internship places young adults in the context of intentional Christian community and invites them (through rhythms of action and reflection) to learn to live as missionaries in the ordinary, everyday places they find themselves.  That missionary work looks different in each city, but often finds us coming along side children & their families in underserved communities meeting needs and extending the love, compassion and good news of Jesus!  

If you have the sense that God's work and call in your life is stirring in you to reach out beyond what you've known and experienced to this point, we think you'll want to check the QuadW Missional Internship out... 

Here's some more details about the internship.

Here's a link to the 2016 application.  

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Pine Bluff & Little Rock Sites Tell the Story...

QuadW interns provide summer enrichment

POSTED ON AUG 31, 2015 on the Arkansas UMC Conference Website - shared with permission by Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman.

By Martha Taylor
Special Contributor

It was Willie’s legacy that brought them here.

Willie Tichenor, a young man from Texas struck down at age 19 by cancer. And because Willie was passionate about missions, two Arkansas communities, Pine Bluff and Little Rock, have experienced new vitality this summer through the transformational missional internships established in Willie’s memory.

Since 2009, the What Would Willie Want (QuadW) Foundation, administered by Tichenor’s family and friends, has funded missional internships for young college students.

The internships are unique in that they pair young adults, churches and community partners in a cooperative effort to meet a need of the community in which the interns serve. The 13 interns serving this summer in Arkansas were partnered with four churches: First UMC and St. Luke UMC, both in Pine Bluff, and Oak Forest UMC and Geyer Springs UMC in Little Rock.

Hakeem Wortham, 21, a sophomore math major at Philander Smith College, served as a QuadW intern at Oak Forest UMC Little Rock.  PHOTO BY JANA GREEN

The Rev. Natasha Murray-Norman has administered the internship program for two years, with this being the second year for Pine Bluff and the first for Little Rock. The Little Rock sites also benefit from the assistance of the Rev. Jana Green, director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

“The interns experience living and working together, creating programs that benefit the community and learning how each of their gifts and graces can be used for the Kingdom of God,” said Murray-Norman. “They connect with one another and the people in the community and they are in relationship with the churches in which they live and work.”

Three sites served children in kindergarten to sixth grade; one site served children up to ninth grade. Murray-Norman estimated that the four sites saw an average of 100 children per day.

Interns’ tasks

All QuadW interns are responsible for developing, promoting and implementing their programs based on the needs of the communities in which they are placed. The Arkansas interns chose to focus their efforts on providing summer enrichment for children living in the neighborhoods around each of the four churches.

The interns at First UMC Pine Bluff joined forces with an existing program at the church, the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, while the other three locations created stand-alone summer programs.

“It’s been a perfect partnership,” said Nyeshia Aldridge, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County. “They have never worked with kids but you’d never be able to tell. I wish I had them year-round.”

A QuadW intern is expected to participate in four key areas: contextual living, where the interns live in the same communities in which they serve; reconnecting the local church to its mission field; participating in Christian community, where students from diverse backgrounds do the hard work of self-discovery and challenge assumptions and stereoptypes; and leadership. The internship expands the students’ leadership skills through one-on-one mentoring, group worship, small group participation and journaling.

While this was the first summer for the program in Little Rock, First UMC Pine Bluff was happy to repeat their 2014 experience hosting the interns by providing housing on the top floor of the church, where an unused portion of the building was converted into living quarters. Church members provide meals, or the interns go to various other churches to eat meals provided for them. Little Rock interns were housed next door to Oak Forest UMC in a home owned by the church.

“I was a little shaky living with the other interns,” said Hakeem Wortham, a sophomore student from Philander Smith College. “You know sometimes people clash, but this has been one of the best summers of my life.”

Looking to the future

The Rev. Don Woolley, director of the QuadW Summer Missional Internship program and a United Methodist elder, couldn’t be more pleased with having QuadW interns in Arkansas. Having spent his youth in and around Pine Bluff, he recognized the potential for involving young adults in service to the community. He was grateful when his grandmother, a member at First UMC Pine Bluff and “number one fan of Rev. Murray-Norman” introduced them.

“It’s been a win for everyone,” said Woolley. “The work that the interns are doing is exactly the kind we want them to have. All the goals we have for a site, we have more than met those. Everything has gone very, very well.”

Funding for the internships was provided by the Arkansas Conference and the Southeast District as well as the QuadW Foundation. Murray-Norman says the partnership has been invaluable in helping the interns make the most of their experience.

Both Murray-Norman and Woolley expressed their shared desire for the QuadW internship program to expand in 2016, with additional interns and locations.

“Arkansas has been one of our strongest partners,” Woolley said. “The buy-in from the churches and the Conference reflect the kind of partnerships that make the program work. I would like to see it grow and expand.”

“I’d like to include more churches and do more for the children,” said Murray-Norman. “I hope we can seek other ways to partner with more campus ministries and recruit top-notch students like we had this summer, who have made a difference in the lives of their students as well as the lives of their churches."

QuadW Interns in the News...

The following is an article about the Reading, PA QuadW Team... 

Nine young adults from across the United States and Africa spent eight weeks that ended Friday as mission-focused interns serving several local nonprofits.  They served meals and washed dishes for the homeless in shelters, cleaned up city streets, chopped weeds, assisted at a church vacation Bible school and taught and entertained children at a church camp.  On Sundays, they worshipped at different churches, enjoyed homemade dinners and visited with members of Berks County congregations committed to helping others in need.  

"This is the first time we have had this program in Reading, and it's definitely been beneficial to us and to those who have come to serve," said Kristen Scholl, director of Bridge of Hope, a city ministry for homeless women, who served as a co-site director with Alex Cameron of Elm Street Ministries, which coordinates several city missions.  The directors assisted the missionary interns from the international QuadW Missional Internship program, designed to develop leaders in an effort to change lives and demonstrate God's unconditional love.  

While they were here, the young adults were housed in the 100 block of South Ninth Street at Freedom Gate Ministries, a halfway house for men released from prison.  

"The feedback I had was good," Scholl said. "All the ministries we worked with were really glad for the extra volunteer help."  Cameron said QuadW has its roots with a family whose son, Willie Tichenon, died of a rare form of cancer at age 19 in 2006.  "This program was set up to honor his (Ticheron's) desire to make a positive change in the world," Cameron said, adding that the United Methodist Church is a partner in the missionary effort.  

The name QuadW comes from the question at the root of the mission effort: "What would Willie want?"  

This year the young mission interns are in six sites besides Reading, which gained national notoriety by having the highest share of its residents in poverty, according to the 2010 Census.  Interns also served in Portland, OR; Mobile, AL; Columbus, OH; Pine Bluff and Little Rock, AK; and Kansas City, KS/MO.  

The interns, most of them college students or recent graduates, were Ryan Anger, 20; Liahna Rowland, 24; Nyasha Kagoro, 22; Noemie Mutombo, 19; Alexandra Kegba, 27; Semaj King, 20; Bernard Opoku, 21; Clinton Williams Jr., 24; and Ronisha Byrd, 21.  

"Actually, this was an opportunity to get back to my religious roots," said Anger, an economics major at Hampden-Sydney College, Farmville, Va. who, since college, drifted away from church and got more caught up in his own educational quest.  

"This is my first mission trip," said Rowland of Tuscaloosa, AL., a student at the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL. "I'm just here to serve God. I didn't have any idea of what to expect before I came, but I found the people here very friendly."  

Originally from the African country of Zimbawe, Kagoro said her father was a United Methodist pastor and her family moved around a lot in the United States after they moved here when she was 8 years old.  "I've participated in four summer internships and experienced something different every time," she said. "I really loved working with the children in the summer camp (at El Portico Evangelical Free Church, 142 S. Sixth St.) because they had such energy and found joy in most anything.  "If I was surprised at anything, it was the large Latino population that was here in a city in Pennsylvania - and I wondered how it grew here."  

Questions of local history and demographics puzzled some of the interns, but most said they found the city safer than they expected.  Some such as Mutombo of the Congo in Central Africa, a business administration student at Martin Methodist College, Pulaski, TN, said she felt many children may not have good parental examples, but long for love and attention.  "I'm here because I want to share love in the name of God and do good things and have a good life," she said.  

And while some expressed surprise at the amount of homelessness in Reading, others felt that many of those with whom they came in contact often expressed feelings of hope and joy while facing life's challenges.  

"Being in America and Reading, you see it is so easy to become either rich or completely homeless," said Opoku, a native of Ghana, studying computer science at Cheyney University in Delaware County.  He said that he felt many people may need stronger family and community support.  "I just feel a lot of opportunities can slip away from people so easily because of bad choices or bad behaviors," he said.  

Byrd of Chicago, a senior biology major at Philander Smith College, Little Rock, AK, a scientist with a Baptist background, said she came to serve in Reading out of a desire to form a new relationship with God.  "I believe it's all about considering the needs of other people and being an advocate for them whether they believe in God or have other views," she said.

- See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/life/article/berks-county-welcomes-quadw-missional-program-interns#sthash.Rb77LUoB.dpuf

Only God Could Pull This Off - (a brief history of QuadW Missional Internship)

How do we form missional leaders?

That is the question that led to the creation of what is now the QuadW Missional Internship. As I researched and questioned people around the country, the work of Forge and the writings of Alan Hirsch and Mike Frost came up repeatedly. It was late 2007. Hearing that Alan and Deb Hirsch were coming from Australia to launch Forge in the U.S. I began to harass Alan via email, asking for his help to launch missional training in our little corner of the world.  Alan was nice but Mobile, Alabama wasn’t what he had in mind for his initial launch site.  (I’ll give you a moment to overcome your shock.)  I conceded the point but shared my own experience of working among young people who were genuinely hostile, not just apathetic, towards the church and the Christian faith.  I had come to understand how much we had failed as the Church, and that the type of church leaders we had were not the types of leaders who could help us reach them.  In April 2008, I drove down to Orlando to meet with Alan before he spoke at the Exponential Conference there.  I left the meeting with his blessing to launch “an early Forge experiment” in the North American context.  Alan connected me to the Forge team in Australia and they graciously sent a giant box full of resources they had developed over many years.  We’ve been a part of what is now Forge America since (see www.forgeamerica.com). 

The help from Alan and Forge eventually led to the launching of two related missional initiatives. One was a process that helped churches become less focused on themselves and more focused on their communities. The other was this internship opportunity for college students.  I shared my ideas related to college students with Johnny Peters, the Wesley Foundation Director at the University of South Alabama. Tapping into his experience, he really helped me think through what that might look like. It was important to me that we provide a stipend to make it possible for college students to participate. Johnny shared that he was part of a group that wanted to support mission experiences for young adults. That group was the “QuadW Foundation.”  When Johnny was in seminary at Perkins in Dallas, he worked as a youth pastor at Highland Park United Methodist Church. One of his students and friends was Willie Tichenor, who at 19 lost his battle with cancer. When it became clear that Willie’s treatment options had run out, he asked his family to support cancer research so that others might have options he didn’t. He also asked them to make transformative mission experiences possible for other young people, because those had played such an important role in his own life. To honor these requests, the “What Would Willie Want” or “QuadW” Foundation was established. The board members are Willie’s parents, brother, and closest friends. The Foundation was already funding cancer research and the internship idea was just the kind of thing they were looking to support. It was an amazing God moment. The QuadW Missional Internship program has grown through the years and has many supporters, but the QuadW Foundation has always provided the vast majority of the resources necessary for stipends and other costs related to the program. The program simply would not exist without their ongoing support and there aren’t words to adequately express our gratitude. Learn more about this group and their incredible work at www.quadw.org.

A Note About our Name Change. “Formerly 3.0.”  

In our first years, the name for both the church training process and the internship for college students was “3.0 Missional Leadership Training,” or just “3.0.”  That name resulted from a fun conversation with Johnny Peters, as well. We are both United Methodist pastors, and the churches we were working with were United Methodists as well. In an email, Johnny suggested “Methodist 2.0” for a name. I responded that we could shorten it to “Meth 2.0,” advertise and have our meetings in a rough part of town, and take “missional” to a whole new level!  More seriously, I suggested it would actually be Methodism 3.0. We started as a missional movement that dramatically changed the culture (version 1.0), then we became much more institutionalized and inwardly focused (version 2.0), and now must learn to become missional again, but in a post-Christendom context (version 3.0).  Johnny emailed back, “What about just ‘3.0’?”  Genius! Within a few years, though, I asked the QuadW Foundation if we could change our name to “QuadW Missional Internship” to honor Willie and those who make all this possible.  They approved the request. Since the beginning, our goals remain exactly the same.   We want to help young people understand the Christian faith in a thoroughly missional way and encourage them as they become part of God’s transforming work in the world.  We want to serve God in struggling communities in a way that makes a long-term impact.  And, we want to partner with churches and agencies in those communities, helping them connect more deeply with their own neighborhoods and supporting their long term ministry goals there.

There’s a lot more that could be said, but this is essentially the story of how we came to be.  God has been so good to us and it has been a deep privilege to do my littlepart.

---- Don Woolley | National Director, QuadW missional internship

 

Stories that help us imagine God's coming Kingdom

Welcome to the QuadW Missional Internship BLOG!  This is a place where we'll share stories and ideas that help us to imagine & live in light of God's coming Kingdom.  Part of the challenge of living as Jesus' disciples here and now is living in light of the resurrection of Jesus and the Kingdom his life, death & resurrection launched - especially in the places where it doesn't look like Jesus has begun making all things new.  

One of God's gifts, helping us to live as faithful witnesses to God's Kingdom breaking forth in Jesus, is found in being able to share our stories of how we have seen it with our own eyes and participated in it, if only for a moment... These stories help form our imagination as to how we can, more and more, live in light of God's Kingdom, pointing and signaling others to that Kingdom that Jesus has launched, in lively, beautiful & creative ways!  

That's what you'll find here.  Stories of QuadW interns & leaders... and others sharing their stories and ideas.  May God use it to help inspire us to engage deeply in God's mission in the world... until God's Kingdom comes on earth, as in heaven!

Amen.