Rosedale International’s 2021 Interns are a group of seven REACH graduates. They will spend the year deepening their relationship with God and maturing their faith through training and application of leadership, ministry, and service. Over the next few weeks, you’ll have a chance to learn about each Intern. We’re excited to introduce them to you, and are looking forward to watching them grow this year!
Rosedale International (RI) is excited to welcome Jeremy as our Food Services Intern for 2021. Jeremy, who makes agency history as our first male Food Services Intern, will work alongside Susannah, Food Services Manager. He will assist her with budgeting, meal planning, shopping, cooking, and keeping the kitchen clean and in order. He will also serve as a leader and mentor for the REACH and City Challenge programs.
Jeremy grew up in Fredericksburg, Ohio, and is the youngest of three children. He likes to stay active, and especially enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and soccer. Some of his fondest memories of growing up include playing baseball and spending time outdoors with family and friends. He also loves a good podcast, and has recently taken an interest in reading.
Jeremy traveled to Israel with REACH—a season he regards as a time of much spiritual and personal growth. When he entered the REACH program, Jeremy held himself to rigid standards of perfection. He struggled with comparison, and often felt as if he were failing. “One night as I was processing everything, I felt the huge weight of failure on my shoulders. I broke down and said, God, I can’t do this by myself!” As God showed him that he didn’t have to perform or reach perfection, Jeremy was able to release himself from his expectations. “God has continued to give me a lot of grace as I try to let that truth sink into my mind, and he’s been showing me that he gives me grace for every new day.”
Jeremy is excited to see this truth play out in his life this year. “During outreach, I was always afraid of failure. Now, I think I’ll have an easier time stepping out in faith and trusting that God will use me.” He’s especially looking forward to discipling the teens who will participate in City Challenge this summer. The program holds a special place in Jeremy’s heart—five years ago, he came to City Challenge with his youth group, and found his heart softened for missions. “To be able to pour into the lives of those young men and women like the Interns poured into my years ago will be really cool.”
As he looks toward his life after Internship, Jeremy feels a pull towards discipleship. The lesson of God’s grace has been transformative in Jeremy’s life, and he feels passionate about bringing that lesson to others. He wants others to know God outside of a legalistic mindset, and hopes to serve as a guide to true freedom in Christ. Recently, he’s felt his heart pulled toward Apple Creek’s Amish community. “I think God has something for me there, whether it’s after this year or later in life.”
Jeremy’s open and honest spirit and heart for discipleship make him an asset to our team. Rosedale International is grateful for Jeremy’s willingness to use his gifts both in the kitchen and in Short-Term Programs. We’re excited to walk with him as he continues to grow in his relationship with God and finds freedom in grace.
Please pray for strength and unity among the Interns as they adjust to their roles. Pray specifically for Jeremy that he would be able to step out in faith as God calls him, and that he would be driven by the grace Christ extends to him every day.