If you’ve read anything about the RUF internship before, you’ve heard it said that “it is impossible not to grow!” That statement has proven true over and over, and the growth that has meant the most to our interns over the years is the spiritual growth they experienced while serving in the internship. One of the greatest privileges we have as believers in Christ is to know, really know, our Savior, Maker and King. We are all starting at a different point in our relationship with Jesus, but we’re all moving towards the same place: to know and be fully known. The RUF Internship won’t get you all the way there, but it will move you further along in your journey. It may not be easy, but it will be good.
“An honest description of the internship could be “painfully beautiful and gloriously hard.” Ministry can be toilsome. There are no quantifiable ways to assess how “well” you’re succeeding at your job, and because of this, you will grow to know your need for Jesus that much greater and learn more what it means to walk and live in humble reliance on the Lord. You will feel the gap between what God has called you to and your capacity to carry out that calling heavily at times. It is in this gap that the Spirit is kind to remind you that it is God who has called you who makes you able. He is faithful.”
Mary Elizabeth Haynes, Intern Class of 2013