“It is an amazing learning experience."Lydia is a flute performance major at the University of Northern Iowa. She has a heart for missions. “It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also the most rewarding,” she said. “I just grew so much as a person doing things I didn’t think I was able to do. God allowed me to do a lot more than I thought was possible.” Lydia was stretched in ways she didn’t expect, but realized she was more capable than she thought. “17 hours after I got off the plane I was sitting in an office making construction plans for building a roof on a bathhouse,” she said. “That was definitely something that was out of my comfort zone, but I realized that my Dad is a carpenter and I’ve grown up around this. I knew what I was doing, actually. I wouldn’t have been put in that position if I wasn’t able to do it.” Lydia’s summer was full of surprises and blessings. “The overall theme would be having the unexpected happen and having that be more than we could have ever imagined or planned for,” she said. “Big things will happen when you work in God’s name.” Immersing herself in another culture impacted Lydia’s faith in deeper ways. “One of the biggest things I took away from this summer was that there are no divisions in the body of Christ,” she said. “Worshipping in different languages alongside my brothers and sisters in Christ was so powerful to me. I could not understand them, or they me, but God could and He was present with us. Truly an incredible experience.”
-Hannah Snavley, 2015 PPM Intern, Double Major in Spanish and Music.
“One of the biggest things I took away from this summer was that there are no divisions in the body of Christ.”Lydia recommends the internship to other college students. “I would tell them to absolutely 100 percent do it,” she said. “It will be the most challenging experience of your life, but the most rewarding and you will grow so much by doing this. You will get to experience what it is like to be on the front lines of kingdom work, and really immersing yourself in a culture you are not familiar with and seeing how God works through you in that.”
-Lydia Richards, 2015 PPM Intern, Flute Performance Major
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