August 3, 2010 marked the celebration and fellowship of Isaiah Project interns and mentors as the summer Internship comes to a close. The Isaiah Project, developed by the Ministerial Exploration Team, is a ten-week internship for college and seminary students whom have considered or are considering ministry as a career choice. This is only the second year for the Isaiah Project, but we had 15 interns scattered across the state of Kentucky this summer. Some interns were assigned to churches, some assigned to districts, while others were assigned to camp sites such as Aldersgate and Loucon.
The Isaiah Project continues to touch and encourage each student who participates. With much excitement the interns and mentors met for one last time at Crestwood United Methodist Church. This meeting allowed interns to share each unique experience. The Interns who participated in the Isaiah Project for the summer of 2010 were Travis Barrix (Covington District), Ron Beaton (Middletown), Kenya Cummings (Immanuel), Terry Cunningham (NCCD), Jeannie Fulkerson (Island), Angel Gustavison (Portland), Molly Jack (Redbird), Shea James (Columbia District), Lindsay Million (Loucon), Summer Papajeski (Centenary Lexington), Monique Scroggins (Wesley), Michael Thompson (St. Paul Frankfort), Matthew Tolliver (Chapel Hill), and Scott Woodburn (Office of Ministerial Services).
Since each intern was assigned to a different location, each intern shared different experiences. Here is a brief list of some experiences the interns shared at the gathering: Hospital visitations, home visitations, VBS, youth meetings, committee meetings, connectional ministries such as ER ministries, jail ministries, leading day camps, forming newsletters, building relationships, leading Bible studies, and prayer groups… these are just a few experiences the interns had. The interns also had the opportunity to discover gifts through the Isaiah Project that they had not previously recognized. Not only did the Isaiah Project internship influence each participant, each participant influenced the people and area around them.
While it is possible that not all the interns will become pastors or camp leaders, Isaiah Project interns will become future leaders of the church and continue to make disciples for Jesus Christ. A special thanks to Tom Smith and the Ministry Exploration Team for making this vision a reality.