Steeley Martin – Administrative Intern
“But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name, his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let’s denounce him! All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.” But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.” – Jeremiah 20:9-11
Just as Jeremiah had faced times during his life when he felt the weight of every reason to lose his faith in God, but instead chose to stand firm, I can relate to his journey. I grew up in a single-parent household with my brother and sister, and we did not always have much. I learned quickly that my faith in God would be the only thing that would sustain me. Despite my imperfect life, the daily encounters I have with Jesus are more than enough to help me persevere. Much like Jeremiah, His word and love are like a FIRE in my bones, and I cannot contain it!
I was first introduced to ministry through my youth group at Liberty Church. My youth pastor, Jeff Allison, focused on giving us opportunities to serve others around us, whether that looked like praying for strangers in Walmart or extending our hands to serve others physically. My experience at Liberty instilled a desire in me to live my life in a way that serves others. After my third year of college at Mississippi State pursuing my degree in Civil Engineering, I was offered an internship with Next Step Ministries. I got the opportunity to live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for 3 months in the summer of 2018 and was able to lead weekly mission trips for different youth groups from across the United States. The community of Milwaukee and my ministry team members completely reformed the way I saw God’s people. During my time in Milwaukee, I prayed and asked God to continue to grow my heart for ministry even after the summer ended and to help equip me with the tools necessary to continue in ministry.
After my time with Next Step Ministries in Milwaukee, God presented me with the chance to move back to Birmingham to finish my degree in Civil Engineering, for free, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Through my move back to Birmingham, I felt a tug in my heart from the Holy Spirit to study God’s word “officially”. I began my master’s degree in Apologetics at Birmingham Theological Seminary in January of 2019, and I have been exponentially more grateful as each day passes for the chance to learn more about the Father and His word. I am currently serving at Grace Klein Community as their intern, and I could not be more excited about the journey that this internship will take me on with Jesus and the people His love will radically change!!