Each year the Mission’s workforce is bolstered, encouraged and blessed by its interns. This year, a more challenging one than ever before, has been no exception. As Will and Alec’s internships with BCM come to an end, they look back on the last 10 months, and we watch them move forward with our thanks and prayers.
I have learnt and grown so much as an intern at BCM. Before arriving at the Mission, I found the prospect of doing things such as street outreach or working at the Care Centre incredibly daunting, to the point that I thought I would not have done them in a million years.
I have been asked to write about the highlights and challenges of my year. However, looking back I can see that the challenges and the highlights were the same. Through the difficult things I have had to face, especially during a year heavily disrupted by Covid, the Lord has brought me much closer to him, helping me to rely on him more. That was my prayer at the start of the year, and I am so thankful that God has answered that.
When I started, I was terrified about doing street preaching. Now I really relish the opportunity to proclaim Christ in the streets of Birmingham. That is not to say I no longer get nervous as I am about to preach, but I step onto ‘the box’ rejoicing that Jesus has saved me and will go before me as I tell others about the greatest news ever.
Next year I am going to Bible college to learn more about God and his Word. Please pray for me as I do so, that it would not just be an academic study but that I would continue to draw closer to God and be conformed to the image of his Son. Ultimately, may my life glorify Christ and may he use me to increase his kingdom.
This year has been a big learning curve and it has stregthend my faith a lot. One of the best things was meeting a lot of different Christians and hearing their different testimonies. It helped me better explain my own testimony and experiences as a new Christian. I also have a much better understanding of the gospels and how to witness to others.
The biggest challenge was standing on a box in the city centre and preaching the Gospel out loud for everyone to hear. This takes a lot of confidence and faith. In doing this I’ve learned to really trust in the Lord for all the tools I need. I’ve also enjoyed taking part in the more practical, hands-on work at the Care Centre, Resource Centre and Charity Shop. At these projects we get to see the impact of the work in the lives of homeless people and how much it is needed.
I am now praying about staying on at BCM and applying for a full-time Support Worker’s position at the Care Centre.
We will miss Jess Edwards too, who joined Will and Alec this Spring on a 6-week placement.
My time at BCM has been a mixture of getting involved with all sorts of projects – street evangelism, baking cakes for the Care Centre, attending lectures, volunteering at the food bank and Charity Shop, doing a radio interview and attending a school assembly via Zoom. In every activity it has been clear that BCM’s motivation is to proclaim the Gospel and to help those in need.
I have found it so encouraging to learn from the projects, conversations, prayer meetings and Bible studies. It has been amazing to see Christians from so many different backgrounds united in sharing God’s love in the city.
Birmingham City Mission’s one-year training programme in Christian evangelism & social work in the city of Birmingham has been run since 1972. It’s all about hands-on experience in urban mission.
A one-year hands-on training opportunity
No fees required
Accommodation, food & bus pass provided
Children’s work, youth work and general programmes
A wide range of experience, including:
City centre & estate evangelism
Reaching the homeless
Supporting the elderly
Social action projects
Overseas mission experience
The Internship runs from early September to late July of the following year. It has existed since 1972 and hundreds of people from every continent and walk of life have gone through the programme. The majority of interns feel called to Christian work but are not sure in what area. They come to test their call.
Ex-BCM interns can be found serving the Lord as pastors and vicars, while others are serving as missionaries. Some of them work for their churches as evangelists. A number have gone into secular work, where they use their training to reach their work colleagues. Some of BCM’s staff have come through the internship programme.
We hope that, through the internship, the spiritual life of all participants to be deepened. We are sure, also, that their faith and trust in God will be strengthened and that gifts will be discovered and developed.