Read what intern Megan Benoit has to say about her first experience as a Maryland State FCA intern!
"As I walked into a room filled with faces that I didn’t know, I was still a bit unsure of what I had gotten myself into; despite this, a strong sense of welcoming filled the atmosphere as I began my first day as an FCA intern.
The room was filled with people from all over the state of Maryland. The people were of all ages and ethnicities talking and laughing, and it seemed like most people knew each other already which made me a bit nervous. When Shaun, the Maryland State Director, went to begin speaking, he had trouble quieting the room because everyone was enjoying each other’s company. Shaun reminded us about the core values of FCA and how to approach ministry with an all-around healthy mindset.
Following Shaun, Mitchell Lee, the Pastor of Grace Community Church in Fulton, Maryland, expounded upon healthy living, spiritually and physically. The discussion was relevant to FCA as we help athletes grow in their relationship with Jesus and in their sport. Mitchell said, “We are not just a soul in the shell of a body, but the body and soul are intertwined.” This concept of living a ‘wholly holy’ life and shepherding others into doing the same was encouraging and paints a beautiful picture of what FCA is helping athletes achieve.
"We are not just a soul in the shell of a body, but the body and soul are intertwined."
After our discussion, we headed outside for a delicious picnic lunch provided by Mission BBQ. Everyone gathered at the tables and continued to get to know one another. During the meal, there was plenty of common ground found, connections made, and laughter caused by some sarcasm and jokes sprinkled into the conversations. As everyone was finishing up, some people began playing the lawn games that were set up. Not knowing anyone, I decided to just stay where I was at the table, but by just sitting there I still made some new friends. In other words, I am thankful for the several people that were intentionally roaming around to talk to those that they didn’t know. I loved hearing about and being amazed by the life journeys and am grateful that God has brought us all together as part of the FCA team. I also came to find out while yes, some people did know each other, most people were new just like me. This left me in awe of how quickly a group of strangers that have a common mindset can quickly become a community.
As I reflect on my first day as an FCA intern, I feel grateful to be a part of a team that paints a beautiful picture of the Kingdom of God. When I walked into a room full of people that morning, I thought I was the only one who didn’t know someone else. By the end of the day, I realized it doesn’t matter who you know or don’t know, if you are in intern or a director, Jesus tells us to fellowship and cultivate a welcoming community. After my first day as an FCA intern, I feel like I was stepping onto a team that does just that.
"We are all drawn together by Jesus and the desire He has placed on our hearts to serve Him through the amazing platform that is FCA."
Everyone that is a part of the FCA team comes from a different background and contributes to our mission in various ways, but we are all drawn together by Jesus and the desire he has placed on our hearts to serve him through the amazing platform that is FCA. I am excited to see what this team will do to bring God glory this summer, and I am thankful that I get to be a part of it."
Posted on Fri, June 14, 2019
by MD FCA