My experience as an Intern
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a longing to go to England, especially London.
I don’t really know why, I think I just liked the idea of its rainy tea drinking culture. When people asked what I would do after school, I started saying I would take time off studying to go to London and spend a year with God. But I had no idea what that meant or what it would look like. I didn’t even really look into it until a year before graduating school. Everyone started looking at university and so on but I started googling ”London bible school”. At first, nothing really stood out, I didn’t really find anything interesting or that felt ”right”. In the Autumn of 2017, I mentioned this dream of mine to a friend, and he said that he’d been to visit a ”cool church” with the Christian school he was now studying with. He also said that the church had an internship and that they have a new coffee shop. That’s all I remember.
I don’t really know how, but about half a year later I was all set to go there, to All Saints’ Woodford Wells. For some reason, I just knew it was right. I never really doubted my decision.
God was really clear that this year would mean a lot of ”stepping out of the boat” for me. And that’s really been true. To come to St Andrew’s and All Saints’ has been challenging in so many ways. Just moving from home for the first time, not really knowing what I was getting myself into and living in a different country, were all big steps to take. I believe I have grown in many parts of my life these last 10 months. My faith and love for Jesus are now deeper and stronger. I know more of who I am and what he is calling me into. I also got the opportunity to deal with some past hurts in a safe place with people that love me.
But as much as I have grown and learnt, and the main thing I will remember and take with me is all the people I’ve met. All Saints’ and St Andrew’s has really become my family. And I have loved every second of being a part of it all. You gave me a safe place to grow and make mistakes. I’ve felt so much love and really realized that family is more than I ever thought it could be. I’ve found a new home, a new family and I will always have all of you in my heart. I will remember this year for the rest of my life.
I cannot thank you enough for everything! Thank you for opening up your hearts and homes to us and making me feel like a part of it all. Every ”hello” in church, every smile and conversation has all been an important part of my year and made it as amazing as it has been. So thank you all! I believe it has been the most amazing year of my life so far!
I can now say that I know it wasn’t just my own idea to go to London, it was God’s all along. He knew this was where I needed to spend September 2017 to August 2018. It was all a part of his plan. So thank you for everything, I will forever be grateful for everything you’ve given into my life! I know I will come visit!
Love Mona x
Mona is returning to her hometown in Sweden to take up a role in her local church where she will be working with youth and children. Additionally, she will be spending one day a week studying with Alfred Nygren at his School of Worship.