Protege is a two-year residency program we've created to help men and women discover and develop their 'missional genius' - the unique opportunity God has given them to bring the values of God's kingdom to bear in the world around them. To help us recruit for next year's team we've asked this year's team to talk about why they decided to become part of Protege. First up is Rachael Mirabella, who sent the following to me at the end of September:
Today marks the sixth week of being involved with Protege. So, what to say? To be honest, this is all very new to me. But I love it already. I guess I'm mostly addressing this blog to those of the female persuasion, since that is what I am. This year, I'm the only girl involved, which actually rocks. I love spending time with these brothers of mine and working alongside them. But I think you ladies should join us! Allow me to tell you why ...
Trying to figure out what to do last year as a senior year in college, all the options before me felt overwhelming. My life has been transformed by Jesus, and I knew that whatever I did, I wanted it to be about Him. Some people glorify God in their workplace or through art or athletics, but one of my personal passions really is the church and spreading the gospel. One of my other passions is the city of Athens, GA. Protege is where those two met for me.
I'm learning through the Porterbook training we're going through (a seminary-type class) that being the church means sharing life together - doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality. This is what this internship has done for me! As I live my life, I'm sharing it with people. I share my life with my wonderful roommates. I share life with the other interns. I'm starting to share my life with some of the middle and high schoolers outside of youth group. I'm building relationships with people inside the church, then I'm going where people are (coffee shops, downtown Athens, the grocery store), meeting people and inviting them to come see what community is like.
My specific role as an intern is with the youth group. Those kids are so cool! You should get to know them if you don't. Will Mott and I run the youth group and meet with some of them one-on-one. It's a wonderful way to practice leadership, but mostly it's just a way to share our lives with some cool kids and talk about Jesus. We run youth group much like a community group now - sharing ideas and getting a discussion going. And we're hoping to start serving together soon.
I'm also leading a community group with Bonne Beasley this year for college girls. Again, practicing leadership, but mostly meeting together as girls in a similar stage in life, trying to become a family. We eat together, share our thoughts on the sermon and pray for one another. This is a wonderful life. I'm being poured into; I pour out. I'm being loved; I love. I'm taking risks and have the potential to fail, but am being supported all the way. If you're passionate about Jesus, about this city, about becoming a family, about learning how to share Jesus with people and actually doing it, this internship may be for you. Come talk to me about it! Let's be on mission for Athens together.
If you'd like to talk more about Protege - particularly if you're a woman - get in touch with Rachael at firstname.lastname@example.org