Jarrod Says 'Farewell...For Now'

Written and originally published in 3 Things email on Friday, October 19, 2012.

Today marks my last day as Missions Intern at the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship.  I have to admit that I entered into this internship in a state of simple desperation.  Seminary was about to end, and I needed a way to keep myself busy for a summer.  I needed a stepping stone.  What I did not anticipate then was the transformation of this period from a brief resting stop into a significant step in my search for vocational clarity.  The summer blurred into fall, and even with that extra time, I find myself more reluctant than I imagined I would be to leave.

Perhaps the biggest reason for this reluctance is that I have bought into the KBF narrative.  In relative terms, our Kentucky Baptist community is small.  We are not a denominational juggernaut with endless resources to throw at the needs we encounter in the world.  The KBF solution to this lack of resources is collaboration.  By the grace of God, we go out into the world and touch lives through the miracle of partnerships.  Extreme Build is the greatest example of this philosophy.  On our own, the KBF community is able to contribute a decent chuck of money and a considerable amount of faithful volunteers.  However, together with partner organizations in McCreary County and across the commonwealth, that money and those volunteers become a new house every summer.  Seeing this miracle firsthand has left me believing that there is nothing we can't do in Christ, so long as we work together.

The KBF may be small in size, but it's big on commitment.  I have witnessed the faithful acts of dedicated volunteers all summer - at Extreme Build, in local churches, through working with the asset map, at council meetings, in preparation for the Morocco trip, and most recently, at this week's Current Retreat.  Furthermore, I have seen the hours of service that John, Josh, and Valarie put in every week to make sure that we make the most of the opportunities that come our way.  Observing this faithfulness firsthand has me feeling hopeful about the future.  Not one of us is perfect, but we have found a way to bear each other's burdens in Christ's fellowship of Kentucky Baptists.

I may be leaving as intern, but it gives me great joy to know that I will still be a part of this community as I consider what's next.