Over the next three weeks, we'll be publishing posts by our three interns, Christina, Abby, and Regan. These posts will discuss why, for each of them, they felt led to Refuge KC and the ways God is working on their hearts as they serve.
Hey there! My name is Abby Howard and I am super pumped to be a member of "Rich's Crew" this summer! I am a 2019 graduate from Lathrop High School (Missouri), and will be pursuing Fusion at Spurgeon College this fall. A few things I love are serving, CrossFit, coffee, and adventuring. Something I struggle with is being way too hard on myself. I have to constantly be reminded that I’m not perfect, but that I serve a God who is and He covers me in His amazing grace.
Honestly, I don’t really have an exact pinpoint on how I became an intern at Refuge KC other than that God led me here through different people and circumstances. I’ve known about the organization for a while now because my church had invited Rich to speak about his ministry a few times. I was always interested in getting involved, but trying to drive to KC while I was committed to high school, different clubs, and work was not feasible at the time. So, I put the idea in the back of my head.
In rolled October 2018 of my senior year. I decided that I wanted to spend my summer before college serving somewhere. I applied to a Christian missions internship based out of Puerto Rico, but was not selected due to limited availability. It wasn’t until April 2019 that my good friend Regan Seba invited me along to help volunteer at ESL classes that Refuge KC has to offer. At this time, Rich mentioned possible internship opportunities available during the summer. Heck YES! Was my initial thought, although I didn’t say that out loud. I knew that my summer was going to be a bit crazy, and although I jumped at the opportunity, I wasn’t sure how well I would be able to manage everything I had committed to. Through lots of prayer and a few sleepless nights, I came to the assurance that God had opened this door and was leading me to serve right here in my home city. There was a reason why I wasn’t accepted by the previous internship: God had a much better plan in mind.
Here at Refuge KC, I am not only discipling others, but am also being discipled and mentored myself. I have learned so much already in the few short weeks I have been here, and joy fills my heart when God opens opportunities for each of us interns to utilize our training. This ministry has reminded me that as a follower of Christ, our mission field is everywhere. We are constantly surrounded by people who need Him. I am so excited to see our new-American neighbors slowly learning the love and TRUTH of Christ. Pray with me that God will reveal Himself to them ever so clearly, and that they will accept Him with open hearts. For His kingdom. For His glory.