If you want to change the world….
10 Life Lessons from a Navy Seal. Click the link!
Naval Admiral William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater last week and spoke to the graduates with lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training.
Here’s his Commencement Address at University of Texas at Austin 2014 from Business Insider.
My name is Sarah Colantonio and I will be interning through ISM as of January 2015!
I grew up a pastor’s child in both Montreal and Toronto. As you can imagine my childhood was very cliché of this. Every Sunday morning service was an all day event, showing up early and sometimes staying late into the evening. Touched by an Angel was my show, that is when I wasn’t watching VeggieTales.
All jokes and stereotypes aside, I volunteered my time Sunday mornings in the nursery and Sunday school. From a young age I loved working with children and knew I wanted to pursue it in some capacity. This has always stayed with me, and when I entered high school I began to feel another tug on my heart. I became more aware of the pull the world had on me, and I began to gravitate towards missions. God placed a desire in me to travel and reach people in other countries.
When I finished high school I had nothing but a calling and a passion, arguably the most important things in life, but no outlet to feed them into. I decided to study Early Childhood Education in pursuit of my love of children. Although I enjoy the program I was studying is something that gave me great joy, I didn’t feel fulfilled. I kept hearing God telling me he had something bigger for me, something international.
So here I am, writing to you before I go on a journey that I know will change my life completely. Words cannot fully express how excited I am for the opportunity to study missions at ISM and intern at Noah’s Ark in the Philippines. I had never known it was possible to fall in love with places I’ve not yet been to, but it has happened to me. It is a confirmation that God has so much ready for me to discover. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to further my relationship with Him as well as develop new ones with His children around the world.
// “Whoever embraces one of these children as I do embraces me, and far more than me—God who sent me.” – Mark 9:36-37 (the MSG) //