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A Puerto Rican Summer

A Puerto Rican Summer

Sara Marie Moore | Oct 22, 2015

Consider a life-changing summer. Consider a Praying Pelican Missions internship. Lydia Richards and Hannah Snavley spent this summer in Puerto Rico doing just that. A colorful, vibrant and energetic country, Lydia and Hannah found Puerto Rico to be full of warm and welcoming people. Hannah is a double major in Spanish and music at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. An internship for credit in Spanish-speaking Puerto Rico was the perfect fit for her. The diverse culture of Puerto Rico was an experience in itself. “It is basically America, the Caribbean and Latin America all in one,” she said. Hannah enjoyed helping mission teams put on vacation Bible schools for children in Puerto Rico and using her guitar skills to lead the teams in worship. “I learned a lot,” she said. “I think one of the cool parts was seeing how the churches and the youth and the adults were able to connect with the local churches and build relationships.” Hannah recommends the PPM internship in Puerto Rico or elsewhere to other college students. “I would tell them definitely to apply,” she said.  “It is an amazing learning experience. You grow a lot through all the experiences and through leading. You get a lot of experience with ministry and cross-cultural communication and interaction that you otherwise wouldn’t get.”   Hannah1
“It is an amazing learning experience."

-Hannah Snavley, 2015 PPM Intern, Double Major in Spanish and Music.

  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.”   Lydia2
“One of the biggest things I took away from this summer was that there are no divisions in the body of Christ.”

-Lydia Richards, 2015 PPM Intern, Flute Performance Major

  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.”

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