I don’t really know if it’s possible for me to talk about my time at Hosea and actually do it justice, but I’ll do my best. As a requirement for my major, during my junior year I am supposed to have a different internship each term and then choose one of those three to be at for my entire senior year. Last term, I had a really awesome internship with the police department, and was convinced as I came into Hosea that it would just be a one-term thing, because I would be spending my senior year at the police department. God definitely had a different plan for me.
I don’t exactly know what I was expecting coming into the drop-in, but the minute I set foot in this old church basement, I knew that it would have a lasting impact. Whether that impact would be more on myself or on the Hosea kids, only time would tell. One of the things that I have always loved the most about Jesus is that He loves abundantly to all people, especially the ones that others look down on. At first, I was pretty uncomfortable because people kept saying “I love you” and really meaning it. I realize now that my discomfort came from being around a raw, unconstrained vulnerability that allowed people to hear those words, “I love you”, and actually believe them.
There’s something really heavy about knowing that something has brought each of these people to the Drop-In Center. It’s equally as heartbreaking to get a glimpse into their lives and know full well that there is a heartache they feel that I will never be able to heal. But I thank God that there is a place like Hosea where these kids can feel seen, heard, and loved. I am so humbled to look at my time here and see all that God has done and see the areas where I am still so ignorant, but receive grace in that. I don’t know if any of these kids will ever know the impact they have had in my life and my heart, but I pray that I will be able to have that kind of impact on them in the future. It’s been such a life-changing experience being here for these past 11 weeks, and I am so excited to see what God does in this next year.