Meet the Interns: Jenni
Tell us about yourself... I grew up in Salisbury, a very small city near Southampton, and moved to Leeds four years ago to study Arabic at Leeds Uni. Now a graduate, I’m married to Tom, and am one of the interns here at St George’s.
"I heard God speak to me, telling me to come back to Him."
How do you know Jesus? I grew up going to church on Sundays, but Christianity didn’t seem to have any impact on my life more than that. As soon as I could, I stopped going to church or having anything to do with religion. However, when I was 18, I heard God speak to me, telling me to come back to Him. In that moment, I knew that the God I had grown up hearing about at church when I was younger was real, and I needed to let Him take control of my life. I started going to church again, and began trying to live my life for God and with God.
What is your role at StG’s? I’m the Children’s Intern; I help with the things that happen at St George’s for kids aged 0-11, which includes the Sunday morning sessions, Play & Pray on Tuesdays, and also larger events like the Light Party.
"It blows me away every week the way that God is with us on Sunday mornings and meeting with His children!"
Where have you seen God at work? It blows me away every week the way that God is with us on Sunday mornings and meeting with His children! God has met our every need - we began this term with a very small team and God has, and continues, to build up the team and equip us all. We’ve also seen a big increase this last term in the number of kids coming to church each week, which is incredible!
It’s been a huge joy to see God at work in the kids here at St George’s, both in big and little ways. On Sunday mornings, I have the privilege to see children giving their all when they worship, kids wrestling with questions about God, kids who were previously too shy to get involved finding the confidence to join in.
In my own life, God has been helping me in working through the challenges that the internship has brought - showing me that I can have confidence that in His faithfulness and that He will provide everything I need.
What are your hopes for the Internship? I hope to get better at working with children, especially in terms of helping kids meet and know God. I also hope that I will come to know God better myself, and become more confident in telling people about Him.
How can St G’s pray for you? Firstly, that God would continue and grow what He’s doing amongst the kids at St G’s; that there would be more encounters of Him on a Sunday morning and their faith would grow deep roots. Secondly, for myself and Tom, guidance as we try and work out what to do next year!
Find out more about the St George's Internship here.