Natalie Revesz and Lea Belcher are interning for the summer at Urban Hope Philadelphia. Natalie is from Moody Bible Institute and Lea is from Cedarville University.
I came to be an intern at Urban Hope this summer through a significant answer to prayer. Ever since I began studying urban ministry, I knew I desired to return to Philadelphia for the internship portion of my degree’s requirements. I have been here several times in the past and I knew that this neighborhood is a place where God is moving and where His heart is. While I am here at Urban Hope, I am interested in assisting the children’s ministry both short term and building a trajectory for its long term growth. I would like to use my previous experience in children’s ministry and specifically with Urban Hope in order to do this. I am also interested in the outreach Urban Hope does in the neighborhood, as well as being a part of the impact that God makes on the teams that come through during the summer.
I expect to learn a great deal about the regular ministry functions of Urban Hope, and how the urban environment affects them. This summer will give me an in-depth look at urban ministry from a practical perspective, which I believe will work together with the theoretical knowledge I have been learning at school.
Also, I am hoping to learn more about Hispanic culture and how the gospel speaks to them. I would like to pick up a little more Spanish, too. Overall, I am very excited to be here at Urban Hope and looking forward to seeing how God moves in the neighborhood, the teams, and me as an intern.
I’ve been interested in urban ministry for a few years, and I’m so excited that the Lord has provided for me to intern at Urban Hope this summer.
I have been to Urban Hope once before for a weekend, and while I was here, I saw a side of the city that I had never seen before. I remember my eyes being opened to the hurt and brokenness that people face in this part of the city, especially when my group did homeless ministry under the EL (elevated train).
While I was here, I thought about doing a gap year internship, but it didn’t work out as my family was in the process of moving and we had other things going on. However, the Lord put it on my heart to apply for the summer internship at Urban Hope this year, and He has also provided the money for me to be here.
I’m excited and ready for whatever this summer holds. I’m especially looking forward to engaging with the predominant Hispanic culture of Urban Hope’s community as well as just becoming comfortable living in the inner city and learning how to do ministry here. Most importantly, though, I’m hoping to grow spiritually and to grow in my love for the Lord and confidence in the gospel, as well as to learn to live openly and boldly for Jesus in my daily life.