X Project - Xenia

  • Encouraging Others with Biblical Truths

    Section: X Project

    Becca just graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Graphic Design. She decided to extend her internship past X Project until December.

    One of my the most memorable moments from this summer was the first women’s night, when we were handed a list of 35 biblical truths about our identity in Christ. I saw how impactful those reminders were and started picking one everyday and passing them out at the office, or what we like to call “Cubieland.” My personal favorite was the following:

    According to God you can say “I am perfectly loved.” Romans 8:38-39 says “for I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 5:1 says “Be imitators of God therefore, as dearly loved children of God.” God loves you. The creator of all splendors of the universe has looked at you, flaws and all, and loves you. There is nothing, nothing at all, that you could ever do to make God love you any less. Also on the flip side we don’t earn God’s love either so there is nothing we can do to make him love us any more. Isn’t that just absolutely amazing? God’s love is a perfect love. God looks at you and smiles. God loves it when you talk to him. It makes God happy to see you happy. God hurts when you hurt. God would give up anything to be with you. In fact, he already did; He gave up his own son because he loved you, yes you, so much and wanted you to have a way to be with him. That is love, true love. Truer than any love in any fairytale and it’s God’s love for you. Whenever you feel unloved just remember how much God loves you.

    My purpose in writing these was to encourage the other interns in the office, but I ended up encouraging myself as well. As I searched to discover what each verse meant I also found that I was coming to understand the Lord I serve a little better.

    We serve an amazing God who likes to teach us things when we don’t expect it. I excitedly look forward to what he’s going to teach me and how he’s going to pull me closer to him as I move forward in life.

    ~

  • Home Away From Home

    Section: X Project

    Marykate (far left) studies Early Childhood Education at Purdue University in Indiana. She was a Lil Dribblers intern at AIA. 

    Nerves flying and anxiety through the roof, I started the trek to Xenia, Ohio. I thought: “Ok, I can do this, it's only eight weeks.” Sitting here with seven weeks down and one day to go I am thinking, “Wait, do I really have to leave so soon?”

    I have experienced so much love from the relationships that I’ve formed with other interns, X Project interns, AIA staff…and their children, basketball campers I worked with and my host family.

    The Lord knows that I treasure my relationships and He brought people into my life that showed me more of who Jesus is to make me comfortable in a new place.

    I have been here for less than two months, but it’s hard for me to imagine leaving here and all of the important people that have taken such a special place in my heart. I keep thinking of the cheesy saying, “Home isn’t where you are at, but the people you are with” and how true that is! The tiny town of Xenia, Ohio has become another home to me thanks to all the people that God has placed in my life. I’ve seen that He can show up when we truly trust Him with everything. I cannot begin to express the joy and gratefulness I have for the time that I have spent here on X Project!

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  • God's Way

    Section: X Project

    There’s no way I’m doing this. 

    This was my first thought when I learned of AIA’s summer internship, X Project. How could I possibly raise the support I needed in the short amount of time I had? But the more I thought and prayed about it, the more I realized this internship was exactly what I needed this summer. God took my doubts and tossed them to the side through His amazing provision. Never tell God, “No way”.

    Working in my internship with X Project was my first real office job. I even got a cubicle! Adulthood! AIA is a unique work environment and experience. Staff and supervisors here do not just seek to develop people as employees, but also as individuals and as followers of Christ. They cared about my well-being and were willing to ask me the hard questions to help me grow. I received opportunities within my department of communication to learn more about blogging and social media, but also had opportunities to be involved in other events and camps at headquarters.

    However, the biggest opportunity that X Project gave me was the chance to make 24 new friends. I’ve been with the other interns almost every moment for the last 8 weeks and I never tire of being with them. Our times were filled with learning, sharing, and laughing together. This group of students consisted of some of the most vulnerable, honest, and intentional people I’ve ever been around. It still hasn’t set in that soon, we’ll be going our separate ways. I’m going to miss this group a lot. I’ve tried to convince them to all enroll at my school this fall, but to no avail. (It would probably be an easier sell if my school wasn’t located in Middle of Nowhere, Ohio…)

    X Project was an opportunity to grow in my field of study, in my relationships with others, and as a follower of Christ. I’m so thankful that when I said, “No way,” God said, “MY way.” It proved to be the best summer of my life.

     -Kacy

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