By Brandon Hall
The vast majority of our summer interns arrived in late May, ready and raring to go. But while most were still in orientation, Sarah Swann had already been hard at work for two months in Cyprus, conducting key research to support TWR Europe’s ministry efforts.
Sarah is a rising senior at Moody Bible Institute. She’s putting her Communications major to good use analyzing media trends and optimizing TWR’s local media effectiveness. While most of her work is behind the scenes, she rests in knowing that her efforts are helping the spread of the gospel and making meaningful ripples across Europe.
Q: How did you hear about TWR?
TWR sets up a booth every year at our school, so I had seen the booth before. Then it appeared again when I was searching online for internships.
Q: Why did you choose to pursue an internship at TWR specifically?
Before applying, I read through the mission statement and the annual report to see the work that TWR is accomplishing around the world. I was really encouraged by the passion for the gospel that TWR has. The page that described the different internship opportunities was very organized as well, so I knew that the internship would reflect that.
Q: What do you feel your calling is, and how does this summer fit into that?
My calling is to be in Christ; how that looks long-term is not in my hands. I hope to travel in the future and continue doing ministry through either writing and media or through personal relationships. This summer is giving me a wide picture of how that could look in either working for TWR or for another Christian organization. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel during the internship which has shown me the business advantages of seeing countries and cultures.
Q: What kinds of projects will you be working on over the summer?
I have been working on media strategy work for TWR Europe. We’re looking to expand our ministry to certain people groups in Europe (such as Millennials) and I’ve been seeing what this could potentially look like in practice. I have also been editing some videos for the Love Europe app, which assists refugees in the region and shares the gospel with them.
Q: What challenges have you faced so far in your internship, and how have you overcome them?
At times, I’ll look at everything I have to do and feel overwhelmed with the task. My research began very broadly, and I’ve had to narrow it down to certain fields. Because I’m on the pre-ministry side, I’ve also had to deal with feeling disconnected from the ministry that’s actually happening. To help overcome these thoughts, I’ve reminded myself that the Lord has brought me here for a reason, that TWR did not make any mistakes in bringing me on and that when I feel inadequate, the Lord can work through me even more. I love the reminders on TWR’s website or through some of my research that people are being brought into the kingdom due to seeds that we’ve planted—possibly even seeds I’ve planted through my work.
Q: What are you looking forward to learning or doing during your time here?
I’m very excited to see what is done in the future in Europe with some of the research that I have conducted. Prior to arriving, I was looking forward to the Christian community in Cyprus, and I have been fully immersed in the love of the people here.
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
Eventually, I’d like to go into full-time ministry in some capacity. Immediately after graduation, though, I’d like an administration assistant job in Chicago to help pay some bills and prepare for the next phase from the Lord. This will also give me time to dwell on everything I’ve learned from school and my internship.
Q: What’s a fun or unusual fact about yourself?
I’m a really good plumber! I can install and fix just about everything in a bathroom. Very applicable for the future. My next learning goals are stick-shift and Spanish.
Brandon Hall is a 21-year-old writer from central North Carolina living in and only by the grace of God. Born with a passion for communication and the arts, his outlets include creative writing, musical theater and competitive speech and debate. He is currently a junior at Regent University pursuing a major in Communication Studies.