By: Grace Komolafe, Summer Intern in St. James Town
At the beginning of the summer, before the start of Sonshine Day Camp, I was nervous thinking about how this experience would unfold. Prior to my work with TCM, I had very little experience working with kids on a long term and consistent basis. Although the three week intern training program prior to camp calmed my nerves and allowed me to have a deeper understanding of TCM, it also opened up another avenue of uncertainty within me. I became nervous about how I would fit in with the community in St. James Town, as I was the only intern that was not already acquainted with the site.
But now that the camp has started, the fears and worries I had are baseless in comparison to God’s word that I hold with me throughout my time at camp. The passage that helps me align my thoughts and feelings toward the goals of the camp, comes from Colossians 3:23-24:
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
This passage shows me that the focus is not on myself, my nerves, or the reception I receive from the kids. It shows me that the work I am doing in St. James Town is done for God. For this reason, I must be intentional and consistent in my interactions with the kids. So far, my experiences in St. James Town have taught me to place everything in God’s hands, because He owns it all anyway, and has planned something even better than I could ever imagine.
Grace is a first time summer intern at St. James Town. She is using this leadership opportunity to glorify God, and act as a Christian role model to the children she meets.