Anna Smith, placement intern based at St Luke's in South Leeds, shares stories of God at work in her area's of ministry. Tell us a bit about yourself... Having moved around the UK many times I came to Leeds to be part of the internship team after graduating from Durham Uni. I love any competitive sport, my TV was barely off during the Winter Olympics last month, and am slowly discovering how much I love the countryside, the peace and quiet.
"...learning that I often get it wrong and that His way is always best!"
How do you know Jesus? I was privileged to have been brought up in a supportive Christian home, so have always known about Jesus; but at the age of twelve I made a personal commitment to follow Him. Since then it has been a slow process for me to allow Him to have an effect on my everyday life; learning that I often get it wrong and that His way is always best!
What is your role? As a placement intern, I spend most of my time in, South Leeds, working and worshipping at St Luke’s Church. I am mainly focussed on youth and community work, but my time can vary massively from hour to hour. For example, over the last few weeks I have led a few assemblies in school, been taught how to make soup by an older member of our congregation, helped at Joseph musical rehearsals, organised a church lunch for internationals, been involved in community youth work, Kidz Klub (ages 5-11) and Space (ages 11-13), and have begun organising a community weekend in May! It is a privilege to be able to join in with such a variety of ministries in South Leeds and serve alongside, learn from, and live with, members of the community who have been here for years.
"God has been teaching me about the importance of long term investment in His people, His local church and His community."
Where have you seen God at work, personally and in your ministry? I studied theology at university which enabled me to wrestle academically with the Bible and Christianity; I came into this year wanting to ‘practice’ much of what I had learnt. So far, working alongside individuals who have faithfully been serving in South Leeds for years, God has been teaching me about the importance of long term investment in His people, His local church and His community.
What can StG’s pray? Within my ministry, it has been amazing to see the growth that is continuing to take place at St Luke’s, especially within the children’s work and international community. So give thanks. Please pray that this growth is not purely numerical but that we would grow together deeper in our understanding and relationship with God.
Find out more about the Internship at StG's and how to apply, click here.