In order to stimulate more rural interns, we are investing $10,000 in the Horizon Internship Program at our Redwood Central Parish this year.
It is a three way partnership of the ELCA, a synod and a congregation. Each pick up a third of the cost of this step in growing a future rostered minister.
We intend to move this internship around through the synod in the future. If you are interested in hosting a Horizon Intern next year, let us know. We will have our Engaging Leaders Board make a decision if we have multiple requests.
We are excited to welcome Intern Amy Asendorf to the Redwood Central Lutheran Parish of Wabasso, Lucan, Milroy and Springfield. She arrived in Wabasso on September 4th.
Amy will be a Young Adult in Rural Ministry. Here is a bit of her story that she shared with her parish in her acceptance letter.
“I was raised in the small town of Hampstead, Maryland, about 45 minutes north of Baltimore City. I have very fond memories of growing up with the sound of chickens in my backyard and the smells of the pig farm just down the street.
After graduating high school, I attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pennsylvania where I majored in English and French. I studied abroad in southern France during my junior year, and, in addition to becoming lasting friends with my host mom, I was also able to become proficient in French. During these college years, I felt the urging of the Holy Spirit toward ministry, especially during my summers as a camp counselor at Mar-Lu-Ridge, a Lutheran summer camp in the mountains of western Maryland.
While I had a strong feeling that seminary might be in my future, I also wondered if I might have a vocation to teaching. So, once I obtained my bachelor’s degree in 2013, I traveled back to France to teach English at a high school in the suburbs of Paris. While teaching was an amazing experience, I still felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit calling me to work for the Church. I returned to the US, and I joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) in Baltimore City, working at St. Peter’s Adult Learning Center, a nonprofit program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn job skills and find employment.
Now, two years later, I am finishing my second year of study toward my MDiv at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. My classes have been fascinating, especially preaching and pastoral care. Last summer, I worked as a Chaplain at Mt. Sinai and Holy Cross Hospitals in Chicago, journeying with patients and their families amidst serious illness and trauma. This year at seminary I continue to maintain ties with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps as I serve as the Spirituality Mentor for the LVC house in Chicago. I have also been enjoying my involvement with our school’s liturgical dance group, a French-speaking club, and tutoring international students. In addition to these activities, I’m passionate about hiking, writing, and steamed crabs.
I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and walking together in faithful service toward God and neighbor. Thanks be to God for this opportunity!”
We are thankful Amy is willing to serve. Let’s welcome her and support her in the coming year as we do all our interns. We will introduce more interns in the days to come.