OSU Social Work Intern
As an intern serving on the team of SON Ministries, I feel privileged to experience such an abundant learning opportunity. This is my third week onboard, and I must say, my perspectives have already been challenged. As a senior in the social work program at OSU, cultural competency is a goal I have continually strived to achieve. However, after attending just one evening of the “Kids Club” portion of SON Ministries’ Family ESL Program, I am learning that this goal of mine is ongoing, and will require my heart to remain open to understanding backgrounds different from my own.
I had the pleasure of interacting with children of various ages from opposite sides of the world, and witnessing God’s hand in it all. It was humbling to observe children much younger than myself, who may or may not understand one another’s language, sit together playing and laughing. A five year old little girl, speaking only Spanish, sitting beside a seven year old little girl, speaking near perfect English, giggling as friends makes me proud of where my hope comes from.
I myself made several new friends, whom I hope to interact with again in the coming weeks. I have a feeling that at the end of the year, I will discover that these children were a greater blessing to me, than me to them.
I’ve grown up hearing how impacting first impressions can be, and in this case, I believe it to be true.
At SON Ministries, People are our Priority – relationships are our goal.