The lifeblood of the ministry, our interns:
Front row (L to R): Rachel Burdick (Tustin, CA), Danika Young (Winchester, CA), Carissa Miller (Salina, KS), Grace Bunn (Greensboro, AL), Jacqui Nunez (Reedley, CA), Faith Noe (Longview, TX). Back row (L to R): Intern Director Jensen Near, Julia Brown (Merced, CA), Aldin Basilio (Buena Park, CA), Alec Thies (Kalamazoo, MI), Asst. Intern Director Paxton Fitzpatrick, David Ramey (Grass Valley, CA).
During my internship, I have wanted to get away from the structure of Ranch life. I wanted the connection with my friends back. I was missing my family. I wanted to give back to the Lord the responsibility He had given me. But that isn’t what I truly wanted in my soul. In these times of pain, I was just really experiencing the cost that comes with committing my life to Jesus and sharing the truth of the gospel.
- Grace Bunn
Throughout internship, I feel like God has given me a better understanding of His love for me and how to love others well. I think about the feeling of loss at a dismissal, the weight and heartache when giving a consequence, the tears shed as you hear and share stories and testimonies. I also think of the overflowing joy of seeing someone learn something new, graduating, and even giving their life to Christ...Getting to see how God can transform broken lives and restore hope is one of the most beautiful things I have gotten to be a part of during my internship.
- Faith Noe
During my internship, I have learned how powerful relationships can be. I have seen what it is like to feel tied to people and desperately want them to succeed, but being forced to trust that God has a plan for their lives. I have learned how essential community is, having a group of people that has your back, that can support you when things feel too hard to bear on your own. I have learned how to trust God to give me strength, when I literally couldn’t do it on my own and discovered that He is faithful in giving us what we need to get through any situation. The Ranch has taught me so much, but the thing that stands out the most is this - to understand so much more deeply
what it means to love like Christ.
- Rachel Burdick