reflection

Season of Faith and Maturity

By: Maim Cho, Summer Intern at St. James Town

My name is Maim, I currently study Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University. This summer will be my second time working at Toronto City Mission. I’m very excited to be back for another summer because last summer was a life changing experience for me. Getting to my interview for the position this year, just like last year, I was certain that God was leading me to TCM to grow and mature in Him through the events and the relationships that he will perfectly engineer.

During this season, I’m challenged to have faith in God, not only for the things far ahead but also for the things happening right now. God is teaching me to take every step being attentive to Him. Just before I started my internship at TCM, I was greatly humbled by God as I took on multiple responsibilities in life, in the areas of school, church, work, and relationships. The reason why I was humbled was because I tried to do well in these areas in my life, solely depending on my own strength and understanding and not on His. I became fearful, nervous, anxious and bitter as I took on all the burdens that God had entrusted to me. After this experience, He is just leading me to a simple truth:

Remain in me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.’
- John 15:4

God’s focus was not and will never be on how well I perform on my own. Instead, He delights in me when I remain in Him in all areas of my life, walking intimately with Him and bearing fruit wherever I will be. I look forward to this fruitful season growing and sharing the love of Christ with the campers and everyone whom I come across this summer.

Maim is returning to St. James Town for another adventurous summer. He is looking forward to learn more about God’s heart for the campers and the city of Toronto.

There’s More to Learn

By: Yoon Choi, Summer Intern at Willowtree

With the blink of an eye, the first week is already over. Reflecting on the past couple of days, I’ve definitely learned far more from the kids at Willowtree than I ever imagined. At first, it was overwhelming to see how rambunctious many of the campers were. Yet within the chaos, there were many moments of laughter and joy. The children really enjoyed the bible lessons and games that we planned, and there was a growing sense of community amongst the kids and the staff. I got a small glimpse into how God is already working in the Yonge & Finch area.

There is something about the kids at Willowtree where my love for them seems to grow every day. Perhaps it’s their joyful attitude despite being at risk to negative influences in their community. Or perhaps it’s because of their life experiences, which have matured them far beyond their age. Whatever the reason may be, the children’s zest for life is truly contagious and they are an example from which all adults can learn (myself included).

The first week of camp, Willowtree had the privilege of welcoming a mission team from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It was so encouraging to see how the team was ready to jump in to help the staff and connect with the children. Through these five individuals, I’ve learned the importance of partnering with other Christians – mission work is not to be done alone, rather, it is a collection of many people contributing to do the work God has given us. Moreover, Wellspring Church, the host for our day camp, continues to provide an open and safe environment for the campers. The relationship between the church and Willowtree has really been incredible to witness.

I know I’ve only scratched the surface as to what’s to come this summer, but I can’t wait to continue to build lasting friendships with the campers and the staff. My hope through all that we’re doing is that the campers will one day fully grasp the loving message of the Gospel and find ultimate satisfaction in God.

This is Yoon’s first summer interning with TCM, where she is serving at Willowtree. She is tremendously excited to create new relationships with the campers and to see how God is working powerfully through Sonshine Day Camp.

How God Guided Me To TCM

By: Kaylin Lee, Summer Office Intern

Hi all! My name’s Kaylin Lee and I will be joining TCM for the summer as the office intern. I recently finished up my first year at the University of Waterloo, in the Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) program.  Looking back, I can really see how God has guided my educational path, and how He led me to TCM. If you looked at the courses I took in high school, an arts program seems like the last thing you’d expect. I took the maths and sciences, mainly because I had no idea what career path I wanted, and I needed to keep my options open. I sent out applications to almost every type of program – science, business, and arts. Even with just a few months left of high school, I still didn’t know what I wanted to do.

I kept asking myself: What do I like? What am I good at? But the answers were all over the place and it didn’t point me in any clear direction. The question that I didn’t ask was, How can I serve God in my career? Even though I didn't take a God-centered approach to my dilemma, God knew my needs and answered. Slowly but surely, I found reasons to conclude that the programs I applied to would not be a good fit for me. After eliminating the other options, I was left with Global Business and Digital Arts.

Fast forward to the present, and I’m happy with the program choice I made. I had fun learning graphic design, Photoshop, and user experience, as well as taking business courses. When I heard about the office intern position with TCM, I felt that my new skills would be a good fit for the job. If I had gone into any of the other programs I was considering, I don't think I would be here with TCM now. There were times during the school year where I seriously questioned whether the GBDA program was right for me. I almost considered switching out at one point. Getting the summer internship at TCM has reassured me that I made the right program choice. I’m so glad that I found a way to use my newfound skills to serve God, and I'm excited to see where God’s plan will take me next.

This is Kaylin’s first year serving as a summer office intern. She will be assisting with TCM’s communications and administration, and hopes to grow in her faith as she represents TCM.