Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our 2020 Interns. This group of seven REACH graduates will spend the year deepening their relationship with God, serving at the RIC, and being discipled. RI is grateful for their hard work and is excited to see them grow this year.
As this year’s Facilities Intern, Connor helps with landscaping and maintaining the Rosedale International Center, and organizes service projects for the City Challenge and REACH programs.
Connor spent the last six months working with his dad’s HVAC business, providing heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical services around his home town of Canton, Pennsylvania. During this time he gained the skills and confidence he will need to do his job at the RIC. When he isn’t working with machines and appliances, Connor fills his time with guitar and parkour. Connor started doing backflips on his trampoline when he was 11 years old, and since then he has been practicing a version of parkour called free running – a combination of improvised flips, spins, and other acrobatic tricks.
“this kind of community makes it hard to be isolated when you are dealing with something and you just need someone to talk to.”
Guitar, on the other hand, Connor picked up during his time in Zambia last year with REACH. Not only did he learn how to play the guitar in Zambia, but he also tapped into his extroverted nature and learned that he enjoyed the aspects of community and togetherness that were so prevalent in Zambian culture – “this kind of community makes it hard to be isolated when you are dealing with something and you just need someone to talk to” he said. Connor looks forward to this same sense of strong community forming during REACH Discipleship Training School (DTS) this fall. During his own DTS he learned a lot about openness and vulnerability and hopes to foster those same characteristics for this year’s group of REACHers.
Please pray for continued strength and unity for Connor and the other Interns as they serve God at the RIC this year.