It’s an exciting time to be a part of Safe Church Ministry. So much is happening; please carefully read all the articles below!
Summer is here, and we are blessed again this year to have a student intern. We have asked her to introduce herself to you:
Hi, my name is Hope Stutzman, and I am pleased to be the Safe Church Ministry intern for this summer. I recently graduated from Kuyper College with my Bachelors of Social Work degree. Currently I am taking a gap year before continuing my education to get a Master’s of Social Work degree. In the future, I would like to go into some form of counseling, and through my experiences, I know that I enjoy working with children. My interest in working with Safe Church Ministry came from working with victims and survivors of domestic violence in my internship. I mostly interacted with groups and sometimes individuals. Much of what I did in my internship was answering domestic violence hotline calls, co-facilitating and observing groups, and providing resources to clients. When I read the description for the Safe Church internship, I was very interested because the church can be a great support to someone who has experienced, or is experiencing, abuse. I have lived in Grand Rapids my entire life, and I grew up non-denominational. When I am not working or going to school I enjoy music, swing dancing, and doing anything that involves being outside (hiking, camping, kayaking, going to the beach, etc.). I’m also excited to learn more about the CRC denomination outside of the theology I was taught in school.