It certainly wasn’t an easy or simple road, but, then again, few things in my life ever are. When it comes to me, God seems to delight in taking me on, what my dad would call, the scenic route. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
My name is Nolan Jones and the picture you see to the right is of me standing outside the airport in Oklahoma City, where I will catch a flight to Atlanta, then to France, before landing in Manchester, England where I will spend the next nine weeks as an intern with City Church Manchester through the Alliance for Transatlantic Theological Training (AT-3).
While that all sounds simple enough, my journey to get to this day was anything but and, much like my flight into Manchester, there were many stops along the way.
I first became connected with AT-3 in the fall of 2019 when they attended Moody Bible Institute’s annual Missions Conference. I was a junior at the time and, looking for an internship for the following summer, my interest was quickly peaked by AT-3. The thing that sparked my interest the most was the opportunity to learn what it took to declare Jesus in a post-Christian context.
I quickly applied for the internship and was accepted. Fundraising was my first challenge. Coming up on our first deadline, I was short several hundred dollars and knew there was no way I could make it. But God provided all that I needed and more, just in the nick of time.
Then, the beginning of 2020 brought the second challenge. COVID-19. The world shut down and the internship was postponed to summer 2021.
When it was time to begin moving towards the internship once again, I wasn’t sure I would be able to go. My life had changed, and I had new responsibilities on the horizon to consider. Then, God—in His mercy—removed those responsibilities from my life. Once again, He was making a way. He continued to make a way, until He got me here, right where He wanted me.