NEXT WEEKEND: SEEING ALL THAT GOD HAS NEXT!
It was April 1, 2020, when the final decision was made to cancel all upcoming NEXT internships for the summer due to COVID-19. The decision came with devastation and loss, but it also required the NEXT team to dream of creative ways to engage the next generation in God’s mission. Thus, NEXT Weekend was created. The goal was to provide weekend-long immersion experience that provided a glimpse into a NEXT internship.
On August 7-9, seven participants and two leaders gathered in Dearborn, Michigan, to seek all the Lord had for us. Out of the seven participants, four of them were supposed to be on NEXT internships this summer, and three of them are looking at doing NEXT internships in the future.
The Dearborn team graciously hosted us with a weekend full of prayer walking, cultural context teachings, community engagement, and an overabundance of incredible Middle Eastern food. In the few days we had together, we saw the Lord work in ways we could never ask or imagine. Many of the participants explained that the weekend was causing them to recognize passions, gifts, and callings the Lord had on their life. They left with a greater desire to pursue missions in the future. We can truly see that in times of uncertainty, doubt, and disappointment, the Lord is working in the seen and unseen. We know God is raising up this next generation to be Kingdom Force leaders.
It is our hope and desire to continue providing opportunities like NEXT Weekend to help young adults explore who they are in God’s mission. In the spring of 2021, we will have three internship sites, and, in the summer of 2021, we will have six sites for internship opportunities. Be sure to check out our website at serve.gponline.org/NEXT to learn more and apply! Spring internship applications are due September 30, 2020, and summer internship applications are due December 31, 2020. Start your journey today and see all God has next!
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