How I Became an Intern at Mt. Bethel
July 1, 2013
By Gordon Odour
My name is Gordon Odour from Kenya. Currently, I’m a law student at the University Of Nairobi, Kenya. I am in the U.S. this summer interning with the College and Young Adult Ministry under the leadership of Gaylyn Kelly here at Mt. Bethel. I would love to share with you how I became an intern.
My relationship with Mt. Bethel dates back to 2007 when I was in 8th grade. I traveled to Mt. Bethel with the Kenyan Daraja Choir to perform at the contemporary service where Pastor Carey Akin shared the Word.
Since then, God placed several special people in my life from Mt. Bethel who came for mission work in Kenya. And one of them was Mrs. Gaylyn Kelly (or as we knew her, Tinnie mum). She and others would pay me frequent visits when I was in school and encouraged me spiritually whenever they were in Kenya. Yes, for sure I needed that! Considering that I lived in a boy’s boarding school and came from a difficult situation, their support socially and spiritually was vital to me.
After I graduated from high school, God called me to become part of mission work and I helped lead American mission teams in Kenya from Mt. Bethel.
The last team I led was in July of 2012 under Gaylyn. That is when we first talked about interning with Mt. Bethel. However, I didn’t have a clear picture of what the internship would look like. Since then, I kept on inquiring more about the details of the internship and learned more about the College and Young Adult Ministry.
In March of 2013, Gaylyn flew back to Kenya and presented an application to me. I was surprised to find that the interview that followed was not as easy-going as I had expected. I was left doubting whether or not I would get the job. This gave me a good reason to go back to God and talk to Him about it as many times as I could.
About two weeks later I was given the results and presented with an opportunity to intern with the College and Young Adult Ministry. For sure, God answered my prayers. We started working on my travel plans shortly after. It was not easy. The struggles pushed me further into prayer as we continued to work out the problems. In order to stay in America for 3 months, I had to fill out paperwork and travel to the Immigration Department, American Embassy, and was interviewed numerous times.
Today I am part of the intern team and loving every single moment that I spend with the community. So far, it has been a great encouragement to me, not only as a leader, but also as a learner. I am still looking forward to greater moments with my stay here as I serve.
I thank the intern team and everyone who joined us in prayers to make this happen.
Mungu Awabariki (God Bless),