Why be an intern?
The summer intern program is more than just "a good experience" that will give you more life experience. It is a chance to be a part of the growing Church in Native America. The twelve week program is an opportunity to expand your view of the kingdom of God by interacting with a number of different cultures including; Native culture, poverty culture, and the culture of churches from all across the United States.
One of the greatest strengths of the internship is the community that you are a part of while serving at Sacred Road. The intern team and Sacred Road staff live and serve each other like family. We eat, cook, clean, work, serve, play, worship, cry, and laugh together. The main job of an intern is to help Sacred Road host the one week mission teams on the Yakama Reservation in Washington and the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon. These jobs include roofing, painting, hauling trash on the work sites, preparing food for meals, and helping run backyard Bible clubs.
Opportunities to Serve and Grow:
• Cross-Cultural Church Planting (no language barrier!)
• Children's Ministry in a poverty stricken area
• Youth Ministry with at risk teens
• Mercy Ministry
The following are testimonies from former summer interns.
I was blessed to intern with Sacred Road for three summers. Those three summers were the most important 9 months of my life. I was confronted with great suffering and pain, but also great love, dignity, and courage. I was blessed by the Yakama people far more often than I deserved; they freely shared their food, their language, and their sorrows because of the love SRM has shown. Finally, my time at Sacred Road was a privilege because I was able to tangibly labor for the Kingdom of God, and there is nothing more worth spending our lives on.
- Wesley Durgin, Intern '13, '14, '15
I have been an intern with Sacred Road for the past two summers, and I am, God-willing, planning on going back once again this summer. There is such amazing work going on in the Yakama Nation as the Sacred Road church family spreads God's love to such a needy and broken community. It is incredible to be used by God in touching the lives of kids and adults in such tangible ways, but most importantly, it is wonderful to watch and see God work in ways that I may never have expected. In a place that so urgently needs hope, the hope of Christ is evident as He uses full time staff, interns, and spring and summer team members to shine a light in the darkness. It is an awesome blessing to be a part of that!
- Evan Shaw, Intern '14, '15
"I have chosen the internship because God is moving on the rez, and I want to be there to see what happens, and how. There is nothing like seeing lives changed for good, and seeing hard hearts made soft."
-Scott Burnett, Intern '09 and'10
"As an intern, I was challenged to work, serve, and love beyond my normal comfort level, which was really rough, but drove me to rely on Christ and my fellow interns/staff. During the summer, I experienced lots of fun, growth, and new friendships. As followers of Christ, it is imperative that we love others, remembering that to humble ourselves, enter into the sufferings of others, sometimes get dirty, and share God's love is the example and call of Christ."
-Joshua Tsavatewa, Intern '09, joined full-time staff in 2010
"I did the Sacred Road Intership for two summers and they were both the best summers of my life. Living in deep community with the other team members and learning about the beauty in the Yakama people were two of the best parts of the internship. I learned through experience how we need to depend on God for EVERYTHING, and how he is always faithful. And it was awesome to be a small part of sharing this hope with the Yakama people."
-Sadie Corbett, Intern '08 and '09
"It's impossible to put into words what is the impact of being an intern. If you want to learn about a different people group and have your ideas of what the world is like stretched and changed, it's a
great place to be. If you want your heart broken and your energy spent for people whom Jesus loves dearly, it's a great place to be."
-Ruth Lynch, Intern '10
The Lord is on the move and we are looking for helpers! We need interns to come for 12 weeks in the summer, and full time team members.
• SRM matches what summer interns raise up to $2500 (that's $5000 total) for the 12 week program.
• Please contact Veronica Vasquez to request an intern application.