This turned into one of the best, most life changing experiences in my life.Kaytlyn Douglass
I had the amazing opportunity to go to England this summer with AT3, let me tell you about myself!
I was born in Germany on an American Army base, and my family moved back to America when I was two. We moved around a lot growing up, almost every 3 or 4 years. I eventually ended up in Washington, where I got connected with a church in middle school that started the framework for my Christian faith. We moved again when I got into high school, and I found a new church that showed me how important it was to serve and be immersed in your community.
Once I graduated high school, I went to Arizona to start my university adventure! I arrived at Grand Canyon University excited for the next 4 years. I wish I could say it was always an uphill climb during these years, but honestly it was not. I became very stagnant in my relationship with Christ, and felt confused and irritated all the time about what I was supposed to do with my life. Things often didn’t go my way, and my friendships started suffering as well.
This led to my junior year of university. I attended my university’s mission trip fair, not really intending to find anything. While I was there, a sign for England caught my eye. I have always wanted to go to England, and have been in love with English culture since I was little. After grabbing a flyer, I went home and sat down with the flyer in hand. I prayed and told God that I really wanted to do this mission trip, and that I was going to work towards it like I haven’t worked towards anything in my life. I got connected with Global Adventure Project, who in turn connected me with AT3.
This turned into one of the best, most life changing experiences in my life.
When I arrived in Birmingham, UK, I did not know what to expect. I was able to get connected with the church there in a way that can only be explained as God’s plan. I developed amazing relationships with many of the people in that church. I expected to be doing big service things while I was in England, but that was not what the Lord had planned for me.
From the beginning, He showed me the importance of the behind the scenes work that goes on when you serve at a church. I worked with a fellow intern and the pastor, doing administrative things that I had never dreamed the pastor would have to do. Along with this, we walked around the community, putting flyers in the post-boxes that were invitations to a community event the church hosted.
At times, it was challenging. Since we were deeply involved in the church member’s lives, we had to be open and honest about things that we would normally share with our closest friends. I personally was challenged theologically, recognizing that even though I had been a Christian for most of my life, I knew very little about what I believed, and had very little Biblical evidence to back it up. Realizing this was a huge blow to my ego, as I thought I was a fairly spiritually mature person. But the pastor helped guide us to resources and opportunities to grow, and it has inspired me to take more theology classes back at school.
I will never forget this summer. Through this church and this internship, I have learned the value of having a church family, the importance of knowing the Bible and the history it holds, and the power of submitting to God’s will. These things have changed my heart and my life, and I am forever thankful that AT3 gave me the opportunity to do this!
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