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Issue 9

March 5, 2018

QuadW mi Newsletter mi = missional internship

The QuadW Missional Internship board met at the beginning of February, spending a Thursday night and a Friday together discussing our shared mission, challenges we face, and the hope and growth that we’ve seen! So grateful for this amazing team!!

Meant for More! We were made for a better world.

I think all of us, at some level, know things are not as they should be. Brokenness is everywhere. Within us, between us, and all around us, something has gone terribly wrong.

As Christians, we believe this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when the brokenness wasn’t there, when all was right because our relationship with God was right. We also believe that it was humanity, not God, that betrayed that relationship, producing the sad consequences that make up so much of our reality. Yet the memory of what we have lost is within us all, and that memory generates a longing for reconciliation and restoration.

With Easter approaching, we celebrate that reconciliation and restoration is made available to all humanity by the love of Jesus. What we cannot fix, God did. But that, of course, is not the end of the story. Amazingly, God invites people like you and me to be a part of his ongoing work in the world, to be bearers of his love and instruments of his grace, peace, and justice. As we’ve been blessed, we get to be a blessing. As we’ve experienced a measure of reconciliation and restoration, we get to share those gifts with others. And, as we do, each of us becomes a little more of who we were meant to be, and the world is a little less broken and a little more like God intended.

It is a process, a journey, an unfolding story. In the midst of it, may the joy of Easter be yours.

Don Woolley is the founder and national director of QuadW mi www.quadwmi.org

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Issue 9

March 5, 2018

Intern Story - Cara Golden Like most, I started off having no clue what I was supposed to do with my life. I have loved the ocean since I was ten years old and loved science, particularly anything having to do with marine life and their delicate habitats. So, I settled on Marine Biology at first. I was going to “save the dolphins” and scuba dive and do lots of beneficial research.

That was the goal when I started out at Auburn… seven years ago. It didn’t take long, however, for me to realize the emptiness of that aspiration. From nearly the beginning of starting down this path, I failed many of the classes I took, slipped like a fish into depression, and stayed there for a while.

Cara Golden is a senior at Auburn University where she will graduate in December. She anticipates moving onto seminary in the fall of 2019. She will serve

But in this darkness God was forcing me to ask myself hard with our QuadW Riverton, WY questions: At my core, who am I? What is the deepest desire of team this summer my heart? How can I satisfy that desire? Rock bottom was where I came to terms with the breathtaking grace that is my answer to those questions, that is my calling, and that was my calling all along. At my core, I am a child of God, indebted to His Son Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit. The deepest desire of my heart is to bring other people into this same awakening, to serve them and to proclaim to them what great love I have been shown, and to see them experience the same.

Different people discover their calling in different ways, and it took me a long time to realize that is okay. After all, there was nothing wrong with my first dream—except that it wasn’t my dream. It wasn’t what I was meant to do. The only way that makes sense for me right now in fulfilling the deepest desire of my heart is becoming a missionary and serving among the native and indigenous people groups of our world. As a Christian and as a person who has a deep respect and admiration for culture, I have a passion to represent the Gospel in a way that maintains their rich cultural history, that it might be thus more impactful and relevant. For me, there is no better place to serve than among those from whom we have so much to learn.

This summer with QuadWmi at Riverton will be my first opportunity to really begin to live into this mission. I am eager to learn in a practical way some of the intricacies of serving among native peoples, such as the protocols of service and the challenges that they face. Further, I look forward to learning of the unique cultures of the Shoshone and Arapaho tribes, discovering the exclusive opportunities and challenges the Christian missionary faces in relationships with native groups, and building foundational relationships with their people. All in all, I eagerly anticipate this summer as one that will ignite this next stage of my journey and burn in me an even deeper passion for native and indigenous peoples.

I will, no doubt, look back on my time in Riverton as one when I first began to concretely grasp the meaning of Paul’s words in I Corinthians 9:22-23 - “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some…for the sake of the gospel.”

www.quadwmi.org

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Issue 9

March 5, 2018

Lent Has Sprung We are in the season of Lent. It’s a 40 day journey in which we come faceto-face with our sin and mortality… as we give careful attention to Jesus in the gospels as he resolutely sets his face toward the cross and demonstrates his suffering love for us at each step along the way.

Lent is a weird word. And you can tell by what I’ve said so far, it has a heavier feel to it. But the word “Lent” just means “Spring.” Lent plays out for us in this time of year when the last (and often coldest/most bitter) days of winter hang on…

…until, bit by bit we watch the season begin to turn.

Tony Jeck is the Assistant

The earth begins to spring to life.

Every year it can feel like spring happens in spite of winter. But what the season of Lent helps us to know and to embody is that it is through winter that spring comes, it is through death that life comes, it is through the ground lying fallow that life can now spring up. It is through Jesus’ death that resurrection becomes our reality… greater than the reality of sin and death.

Director of QuadW mi. He lives in Auburn, AL w/ his wife and two children. He’s excited for baseball

This teaches me to pay better attention to the places of sin and suffering and alienation. Not as the places where God can have nothing to do with me, but precisely as the location where God longs to cause new life to burst forth. This is the invitation of this season of Lent… to cultivate in new and deeper ways my hope and trust in God’s ability to call forth life that is REAL life in me… in you… in all the earth!

As you wade through this season of Lent, may the world around you bear witness to the power and reality of Resurrection - as through the barrenness of winter - life begins to spring up from the ground!

QuadW mi Columbus Team - Summer 2017


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T-minus 3 Months and Counting! It’s March. And all across the country our site directors are working on finding just the right people to complete their intern teams and the details of what the summer will look like is coming more and more into focus! This summer we’ll have more than 100 young adults living and serving in 12 communities across the US. For some of them this will be the hardest thing they’ve ever done. For some it will be an opportunity to explore their Christian faith in a new way. For some it will be the context where they will discover for the first time God’s call on their life.

For ALL of them we hope and pray it will be a transformative summer - where they learn the way of Jesus in deeper ways, where they learn about themselves, where they learn from those they live with, where they learn from those they serve. And we hope that in many ways, they NEVER get over this experience with God’s mission.

If you are someone (or know someone) who is 18-24 and will have completed your first year of college (or is at least a year removed from high school graduation) and you think you might want to be a part of something like this… we still have some spaces available for some of our 12 teams.

See the info below to apply TODAY!

Applications to serve with QuadW Missional Internship for summer 2018 are NOW available!! Visit quadwmi.org/application/ to apply! Keep up with us on Social Media: Like our Facebook Page - QuadW Missional Internship (look for our blue logo) Follow us on Instagram @quadwmi And you can always visit www.quadwmi.org for the latest news and info

March 5, 2018

Quadw Newsletter - March 2018  

Every other month we share some of what's going on with us, what we're cooking up, stories of God's work among our interns, communities wher...

Quadw Newsletter - March 2018  

Every other month we share some of what's going on with us, what we're cooking up, stories of God's work among our interns, communities wher...

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