My name is Emma Deines and I am serving at Immanuel this summer as the DCE Summer Intern. Immanuel’s Church and School has been like a second home to me. I grew up attending church at Immanuel and attending Immanuel day school. Immanuel helped shape who I was and my teachers, pastors, and DCEs taught me that Christ will give me the strength I need to do anything.
In high school, I was a 3 sport athlete (Field Hockey, Basketball, Track) for all four years. My greatest accomplishment was when I played in the Field Hockey State Finals and blocked the final goal. I really loved SPORTS!! I thrived on sports and enjoyed the competition and time spent with teammates. I was recruited to play Field Hockey for a Division 2 school in college and I was thrilled. However, when my freshman year of college came it wasn't what I thought it would be. I found myself in situations that were difficult to navigate and I felt a tug at my heart that I wasn't where God wanted me to be. I loved Field Hockey, I loved playing, I loved my team but still something wasn't quite right. God put that seed in my heart and I knew as much as I loved sports I needed to follow His call. That meant no Field Hockey, no sports.
The teachers, pastors, and DCEs had told me during all my years at Immanuel, God has bigger plans and better plans than I might think. God would give me the strength to do the hard things. I decided to listen to God's call to do the hard thing to leave where I was comfortable. The following fall I left behind my sports dream and decided to attend Concordia University Nebraska and double major in Elementary Education and Director of Christian Education.
Changing schools was hard. I didn't know anyone at Concordia, it was far from home and I didn't have a sports team to rely on to make friends. Now I am a Senior and I can't imagine how different life would be if I hadn't listened to God's call. I know that now, no matter where God calls me he will give me courage and strength.
Immanuel taught me to always put my faith and trust in Jesus. Whether I become a teacher or I become a DCE I know that I can use the skills that Immanuel has taught me and the gifts that God has given to spread the love and joy of Christ.
DCE Summer Intern