Spain: Conversational English Camp; Discipleship Intern
Overview: Come and serve alongside a veteran missionary and be a spark plug in her ministry by engaging with the youth and other local Spaniards with whom she works! Interact with people where she lives through conversational English via being involved in organized programs (i.e. Bible studies, children’s programs) and through one-on-one conversations. Be mentored and discipled by Mary and spend dedicated time seeking the Lord’s direction for your life and calling!
Q & A with ACTION missionary Mary Woodward
- What are some ministry tasks that you want the intern to accomplish while serving with you?
I would like interns (up to 3-4 at one time) who would interact with my church´s youth group to motivate them to follow Jesus Christ! It would also be great to have help developing a web page to promote the Language Assistant Program I help organize, and to assist me with other basic tech-related projects. I could use interns who could help with some home maintenance projects that I can’t handle on my own.
- What are some key lessons from your ministry and walk with the Lord that you want to impart to the interns to help them as they consider their own individual call to missions or vocational ministry?
- The importance of regular quiet times with the Lord
- The importance of learning and understanding your host culture and how to address differences in culture while pointing to Scripture as our source of knowledge and Truth about what is good and bad about any culture
- The importance of maintaining purity in a sexually-driven culture
- 3. What would a typical day look like?
Tasks will be based on the interns’ gifts and passions. Interns would live with me in my house and help with the normal tasks of a household. As a general rule, from 10 A.M.-2 P.M. they would be involved in personal and team devotions, administrative tasks, preparation for afternoon and evening ministry times at my local church and in the community. A happy intern will take this advice: plan well, be flexible, and expect changes.
- 4. What criteria do you use to measure the effectiveness of an intern serving with you?
I evaluate an intern based on their capacity to learn, their heart for people, ability to try to adapt to the culture, and their passion for Christ.
- Please list specific skills an intern may expect to develop by the time the internship is completed.
- The ability to be flexible and adapt as much as possible to the culture
- The ability to share Christ naturally within the scope of friendship with non-Christians
- The ability to relate to national believers and unbelievers
Meet Mary Woodward
For more information visit: actioninternational.org/woodward
Basic or intermediate knowledge of Spanish preferred, but not mandatory Commitment to independent study of the Spanish culture, literature, and/or linguistics before arriving in Spain Commitment to be a life-long learner of the Bible One year of practical Bible School training or the equivalent of life-experience and/or on-line training preferred Previous cross-cultural experience beneficial God-given call to love and serve the Spanish people At least 18 years old A growing Christian Active in ministry in a local church Recommended by pastor and church Teachable Adaptable Able to accept difficult circumstances Good sense of humor Not easily discouraged Spiritually mature Able to accept various leadership styles Other items set forth by the Candidate Secretary’s office
Spanish youth, children and families, most who are not believers.