As an intern with Servant Partners in Saskatoon, I am exploring who God is and what that means in the context of relationship with the under-resourced population of Saskatoon.
God planted a desire to share my life with Saskatoon’s Westside while I was attending the U of S. In January of 2020 He connected me with Katelyn, Saskatoon’s Servant Partners’ Site Leader. Desiring the mentorship and wisdom of both Katelyn and Servant Partners in how to live amongst and love Saskatoon’s westside in a Christ-centred way, I agreed to intern here in Saskatoon starting July 2020.
This internship has been nothing like I imagined, and COVID-19 is only a small part of the reason. God is redefining how I see Him, myself, and my community. I am having to confront my prejudices and misconceptions surrounding class, race, and ministry. In the beginning I was excited to see God move in my community-and He has been-but I have been humbled by the way He is moving in my heart. I am learning that God cares so much more about our heart journeys than He does about programs and conversions. I am seeing evidence of how patient He is with all of us, and how deep His faithfulness is. God is revealing Himself to me through my neighbours, and showing me that more often than not they are the ones with something important to teach me. God is showing me that I can use the gifts He has given me to encourage and support my neighbours in speaking up and challenging the injustices that they face. I am seeing that God cares about the individuals in my community, and that His shalom takes more time, is more complex, and is more complete than anything I could have envisioned.
By investing in the Saskatoon Site, and my internship group in particular, you are investing in transformation. Transformation beyond anything humans could come up with. A transformation that touches and spreads to everyone involved. God is the God of restoration, and He has called us as a Servant Partners team to bear witness to the restoration He is doing in a population often forgotten and dismissed.