Life as an Intern

Often when I tell people that I am an intern with Destiny, I get a couple of different reactions. The first, and most common, when talking to most people is “What’s an intern?” The second is  “Why? Don’t you have something better to do?” Even after I explain the concept of internship and why I do it, some people just don’t get it. So as a guest blogger, I want to talk a little about my experiences as a Destiny Intern. 

I began my life as an intern when I enrolled in Destiny Leadership Institute, or as we affectionately call it, DLI. I enrolled in the Fall of 2012 as a Core 1 student. One of the mantras of DLI is: “Study while you serve.” In fact, the first year includes a course entitled Servant Leadership.  To fulfill the “serving” aspect of DLI, all students are required to serve at least 5 hours in a local ministry. I served in my local church by helping in the youth ministry, music, and graphic design. In February of 2013, I had the privilege of moving to Heber Springs, Arkansas to serve at the Destiny Ministries office and to travel with Dr. Brassfield. I am the twelfth intern who has traveled and served with the Brassfields over the past thirteen years of ministry.  My internship experience this summer involved a chance to travel to Sierra Leone and Nicaragua and spend an extended time with Pastors Bobby and Dawn Rivera in Victoria, TX. I recently settled back down in Heber for the Fall and started Core 2 of DLI. 

Now you know a little bit about how I became an intern, but you’re probably still wondering what I do. Well, I’m going to be honest with you, it’s a lot of driving. Instead of trying to make a list of responsibilities and duties, I thought it would be better to give you a brief summary of one of our weeks on the road. Now this was a pretty heavy travel week, and they’re not all like this. But, it really encompasses many of the things that an intern will experience while traveling with Dr. Brassfield. 

Saturday, Sept. 21- We started our journeyaround 11 AM.  We drove from Heber Springs to Springfield, Missouri. That evening, Dr. Brassfield met with the church’s staff for leadership training. 

Sunday, Sept 22nd: Dr. Brassfield ministered at Journey Church, then we drove back to Heber Springs. 

Monday, Sept 23rd-  We enjoyed a break from the road.  I took advantage of the day off and climbed Sugarloaf Mountain, a popular destination for hikers and climbers. 

Tuesday, Sept 24th- We were on the road by 6:30 AM for a drive to Northwestern Arkansas for a visit to Ecclesia College for a day of meetings.  Dr. Brassfield also spoke at the college’s chapel.  During the meetings, I was able to catch up on some of my DLI work. 

Wednesday, Sept. 25th- After another round of meetings, we drove to a nearby church so that Dr. Brassfield could minister at their midweek service. 

ThursdaySept. 26th- We spend the morning at Ecclesia and attended another chapel service.  To my surprise, Dr Brassfield gave me a few minutes to address the students.  I taught for a few minutes on the values of servant leadership.  Then, I drove us back to Heber Springs.

Friday, Sept. 27th- It was another early morning.  We left for Victoria, Texas around 7:00 AM. Because of complications, it took us all day just to make it to Houston.   SaturdaySept. 28th- We finally made it to Victoria, and spent the day with Pastors Bobby and Dawn Rivera.

Sunday, Sept. 29th- Dr. Brassfield ministered in two services and conducted a meeting with the church staff.  Then, we headed to Rosenburg, Texas for a meeting with Pastor Jimn Kyles and some of my fellow DLI students. 

Monday, Sept. 30th- We started the day with meeting in Houston with Pastor James Green before heading back to Heber Springs. 

So to sum up that week in numbers: over 50hrs driving, 2100 miles, 3 different states, 7 meetings, 5 services,  and a whole lot of caffeine (Coffee for me. Dr. Brassfield prefers Diet Dr. Pepper.)

Back to the original question, what do I do as an intern? I would summarize it like this: Serving Dr. Brassfield and Destiny Ministries in any capacity, so that they can more easily do what God has called them to do. That can sometimes be hard pill for people to swallow, especially people my age. I constantly get questions like “Why do you do that?” and “What’s in it for you?” But, that’s not really what it’s about. 

Matthew 28:26b-28 has this to say about serving others “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” So if we want to be first in the Kingdom of God, we have to be last. Some may see the word slave as a little extreme. But if it was good enough for my Savior, it’s good enough for me.