You all know how to complete that famous phrase… Friday was probably the most bittersweet of our time so far at EMI. Why, you ask? Because we just watched a most amazing group of 10 interns as they departed from us (and one another) to head out into their futures. Sure, we anticipate following them on Facebook and Instagram and maybe even seeing some of them in the days and years to come. BUT, we have grown to know them, to love them and to be blessed by the energy and joy that they have brought to the office here at EMI. Things will be so different in the office this week…
Not only that, but we feel like they have become a part of our family. This past few months they have participated in all kinds of things with the Keiters like:
· Shannon and Kaylee spent an epic day touring Rocky Mountain National Park
· All of them hiking the Crags Trail
· Hiking Mt Rosa and helping them set up camp nearby
· Bouldering in Garden of the Gods
· Camping and hiking down to the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
· Climbing Mt Democrat (one of our state’s 14,000+ foot tall mountains) with Rebecca
· Rock climbing at Red Rock Canyon
· Sharing taco dinner with all the interns and many of the staff at our house
In addition to all these things, I also got to help plan their epic trip to Zion National Park, although we were unable to join them for that excursion.
So these interns have left a huge mark on our lives this summer. They got to experience EMI and Colorado right alongside us. They served and produced amazing designs for our ministry partners. They led and contributed to our daily office devotions. They treated each other like brothers and sisters in the most beautiful way possible. Our whole family was blessed by them. They treated our kids like family and I can't think of better role models.
Jenni and I both shed tears this morning as we heard their testimony of how God has worked in them this summer and as we prayed for their future endeavors. It was a blessing to hear so many of them tell of how God exceeded their expectations by surrounding them with staff and families who poured so much into their lives both professionally and spiritually.
I LOVE EMI’s commitment to the intern experience. It is such a beautiful way to give these young people a glimpse into the integration of profession and mission to those in need. It gives them a chance to experience an office culture that is unlike most of the rest of our world. But of equal importance, it makes us better, as engineers and architects, as parents, as mentors and as families.
Thank you interns. We will never forget the blessing you were to us this summer…
From the Keiters:
Here is where we share our daily experiences of how God is using our life in the US and abroad with EMI to draw us closer and to make Himself known.