Potential Unleashed

If you read my last post you will know that I left you hanging on my plans for the summer. As many of you may know, I have been living with a new host family since January. With this new host family also comes a new schedule that leaves me with more free time than I have ever had (not including the breaks I had during school and college). I know that God wanted me to stay in MN for a reason, moreover, I know that God has called me to the Twin Cities area for a reason. Despite all the odds, I actually stayed here and found a new home very close to my church in Woodbury. Although I absolutely love my job as an au pair, I sensed that God was calling me to more. He kindled a passion for my church and the young adults in the community inside of me. Throughout the last four months I have been serving more at my church and becoming connected with different life groups and ministries. I still didn’t feel like I was doing enough. I wanted to get involved more, I was and still am hungry to make a difference. I was also eager to use the gifts that God has given me, the main one being: leadership (whether you ask my parents, my first teacher in pre-school or someone I have only known for a while, they will all confirm that I am truly an ENTJ woman – for those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about, I’m referring to my Myers Briggs personality, The Commander). I’m sorry you’re probably all thinking – we know, get to the point… well here it is:

A few months ago I started talking to some friends who have been interning at the church. I distinctly remember one of them saying: you should totally intern, Sophie. And I was like: Ya, no! Well, we all know that God works on our hearts and our desires and I am excited to announce that as of June 3rd I will be an official intern at River Valley and will be apart of their leadership institute. The goal of their program is to unleash potential and help you grow and develop as a leader. Although I could see myself in the worship, youth or even media production track, I believe I have been called to the pastoral track. I am so excited to be working with my amazing campus pastor, Alan Pastian and getting more involved in what is going on at River Valley Church, especially in Woodbury. You can read more about RVLI (River Valley Leadership Institute) here and you can read up on Pastor Alan and what his passion and vision is hereIt’s a three-month summer program with the option to extend for nine months in the fall. Take a wild guess on what I’m planning on doing. 😉

from: http://www.rvli.org/ (03/24/17)

I am beyond grateful at how my heavenly Father works out everything for us. I am blessed to be here as an au pair, which means that I can support myself, I have exclusive access to a car and I have a great community that is encouraging me to pursue more. Please pray that I would be able to manage my time well, since the work load for nannies and parents usually increases during the summer months, pray that I would continue to be hungry for more, that I would continually learn to hear the voice of God and that He will use me to change the community I am working in. Please pray for a great working environment, for good communication with Pastor Alan and the team at River Valley Woodbury, for more willingness to serve and a willingness to be open to learn new things in order to refine my skills as a leader in the church and the world. I love you all, and I am excited to be sharing more of this journey with you as I am on it. #thebestisyettocome


Love, Sophie x

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