Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (NIV).
At the beginning of this year, I was looking for an internship that would help me gain experience in content and media creation. Within a three-week time frame, I received multiple offers and set up interviews. One of the places I received an interview with was Redemption Church.
When I went into my interview with Brittany and Kyle, I was prepared to explain that I was going to be taking another internship. Still, I wanted to interview so I could potentially try to intern another time. I thought it would be a standard interview where I would explain how I would make a great Content Creation Intern and how I could be an asset to this ministry. Boy was I wrong.
The interview did not start with business. Instead, Brittany and Kyle wanted to know about who I was and what I was about. We eventually got to how the internship would work and what the church’s vision was. Walking out of the interview, I was excited about more than just the job. I was excited about the church, where Redemption was headed and how I could potentially be a part of what was going on here. It was clear to me that Redemption didn’t just care about doing a good job but they also cared about prioritizing people.
After my fiancé and I went to a service that Sunday I turned down all the other offers. I knew in my heart that this was the place I was supposed to be. It wasn’t just because of the work, I also felt like God was nudging me toward this community to grow me during this season.
In my time at Redemption, I have definitely grown as a content creator. I feel more confident behind a camera and managing social media. However, where I think I have grown the most is in my understanding of community. Every person I have talked to here can’t say enough about how awesome and challenging this community has been for them. Everyone seems to be making an effort to pitch in and serve in some sort of capacity at Redemption.
My fiancé and I have been looking for a church for a long time. Not just to attend every Sunday, but also to get involved and serve the community. It has been a long time since I have been a part of a church. Going to Biola has definitely been helpful for learning about God and growing, but I always knew that I needed to be growing and using my skills in a church. Both my fiancé and I have felt welcomed in this community and feel like we are a part of Redemption church. Coming here, I was ready to see how a church worked and get my internship credit done, but both Jillian (my fiancé) and I have found a place that we would like to continue being a part of.
I was in a funk before I came to Redemption. My focus in life was making sure I got my work done and planning a wedding. Because of my busyness, I made no time for God. On top of all that, most my friends have been focused on other things, so even though I had my fiancé, I didn’t have a lot of friends to be around.
Tons of work and a no community, plus a lack of time spent with God, made me bitter and worn out. Little did I know, all the time I was spending in this community was actually softening my heart towards people and God. On Palm Sunday, Phil talked about this idea that fear is the opposite of love. I was living in fear and not allowing both God’s love and the love of others to build me up. This last Sunday, God shook me and reminded me that I am loved, that living life in fear is no life at all. Breaking my fear was the first step and now I am allowing God to reconcile me through his love.
I have grown both professionally and spiritually during my time as the Content Creation Intern. Even though this has been a hard season, God has been faithful and I am grateful for this community. Jillian and I plan on attending Redemption for as long as God has us here and we hope to meet more of you through community groups and future events.